Bond Spread Betting: Uncertain Italian Election Result Boosts Yields
In mid-morning trading, the FTSE 100 is down 75 points at 6280.
European stocks are well and truly in the red as the Italian election spooks investors.
If there is one thing that will send the markets into a blind panic, it is uncertainty.
Silvio Berlusconi’s party has performed better than expected, which has not only upset his opponents but also investors.
Mr Berlusconi gained popularity by making promises of tax cuts. Whilst these may be good for the individual, they are probably not good for the country.
Italian bond yields have ticked up to 4.86%, the highest level since November, in a clear indication that bond spread betting investors are concerned that the next Italian Prime Minister will not be as pro-Europe as Mario Monti.
The Italian economy is almost as big as the UK’s, so if there are any more doubts about their financial health, we are likely to see another wave of selling, potentially reigniting the Eurozone debt crisis.
Dow futures are currently suggesting that the index will open 70 points higher at 13,855.
Having said that, if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke drops any more hints about winding down QE in this afternoon’s speech, US stocks could well follow their European counterparts lower.
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