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Eurozone investor confidence and expectations weakened in July, in a sign that economic momentum may have passed its peak, economic behavioral finance research institute Sentix said in its monthly report.

The Sentix Eurozone Economic Index fell to 27.7 in August from 28.3 in July and 28.4 in June. In contrast, the current situation index climbed to 40.0 points, the eighth consecutive monthly rise increase in the second-longest such run since 2001. Expectations for economic development dropped to 16.0 points from 19.3 in the previous month.

"It is becoming increasingly apparent that the economic momentum has passed its zenith. Expectations are crumbling on +16," Sentix Managing Director Manfred Huebner said.

Sentix's economic index for Germany dropped for the second month in a row in August, to 33.2 points from 37.5 points in July. The August headline index for current economic situations slipped to 64.3 points from 65.5 and expectations slid to 5.8 points from 12.5 in the previous month.

The overall index for the U.S. continued its decline, falling to 14.1 points, down from 14.8 in July and the lowest value since May 2016. The current assessment index improved to 34.3 points from 32.5 in July while expectations slid to negative 4.3 points, the fifth consecutive monthly decline and the lowest value since February 2016.