Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Italy-German spread widens to 248 points


Milan, September 4 - Uncertainty about Italy's
political future roiled Milan's top stock exchange Wednesday
while other European financial markets showed small gains.
The FTSE-Mib shed fully 1.35% to close at 16,712 points as
doubts flared once again over the prospects for the country's
fragile coalition government.
Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi and his supporters in the
People of Freedom (PdL) political party resumed their threats to
pull out of the coalition and allow the government to collapse
if their coalition partner the Democratic Party (PD) doesn't
halt threats to eject Berlusconi from the Senate.
Under a recent anti-corruption law, Berlusconi stands to
lose his seat following his conviction one month ago for tax
The PdL argues that the new law should not apply to the
three-time premier because it came into force after his
A Senate committee will begin hearings on the issue next
week, with a final vote likely before month end.
The renewed turmoil seemed to rattle investor confidence,
which was reflected on bond markets where the spread between
Italy's 10-year bond and its German counterpart widened to 248
basis points, up slightly from Tuesday's close of 240 basis
The yield on Italian 10-year paper closed at 4.41%, up
slightly from Tuesday's 4.34%.
The spread between lending rates in the two countries is
seen as an indication of investor faith in the Italian economy
and its ability to cope with a lingering recession.
On other European markets, Frankfurt's DAX rose by 0.19% to
close at 8,195.92 points, while Paris's CAC 40 gained just 0.16%
to close at 3,980.42 points, and Spain's IBEX 35 edged up by
0.53% to 8,490.30 points.
In London, the FTSE index of leading British shares was
essentially changed, gaining 0.10% to close at 6,474.74.

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