UniCredit Stock Halted After Plunge As Fresh Wave Of Italian Fears Emerges

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Another day, another implosion in Italy, this time focusing on core bank UniCredit, which earlier dropped by 6.5% resulting in a stock halt, only to reopen just modestly higher. There was no immediate catalyst, just more of the same: rumors that FinMin Tremonti is resigning, especially following the arrest of Marco Milanese which indicates the fallout is imminent (see below), rumors that Italian banks are failing stress tests, rumors that Italy has the most exposure to Greece, and other generalized fears which today coalesced around the bank that was the most active today on the European version of Sigma X.In other news, 2 Year government spreads are once again surging as GDP-weighted EU sovereign risk is at fresh all time highs (probably to make company to the Dow Jones Transportation index).

UniCredit stock plunging:

Most active Goldman's European dark pool:

2 Year spread moves this week:

And from Reuters on the Milanese affair, explaining why Tremonti is about to go, pushing the Italy domino over:

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi declared on Friday he would not run again when his term expires in 2013, as fresh squabbling hit his government and his economy minister was drawn into a corruption investigation.

In an interview with the daily La Repubblica, Berlusconi repeated remarks that he has made on a number of occasions in recent months, saying that he would not run again and nominating Justice Minister Angelino Alfano as his preferred successor.

He also made disparaging comments about Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti, whose position has been weakened by disputes with other ministers and who came under pressure on Friday after the arrest of one of his closest associates.

"If I could, I would give it up now," Berlusconi was quoted as saying by the newspaper, one of his fiercest media critics. "I am not resigning ... but one could want to."

The problems facing Tremonti, widely credited with shielding Italy from the crisis through his rigid insistence on deficit-cutting measures, grew after Naples prosecutors filed a request for the arrest of his former adviser Marco Milanese on corruption charges.

Tremonti, who until Thursday night used to stay in a house belonging to Milanese for part of each week when he was working in Rome, issued a statement saying he had moved out after magistrates raised the graft allegations.

The fresh troubles for the government came as pressure on Italy, one of the world's most heavily-indebted countries, mounted on financial markets already on high alert over the escalating euro debt crisis.

The premium investors demand to buy Italian debt rather than benchmark German bonds widened to its largest since the introduction of the euro more than a decade ago.


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Ghordius's picture

Posturing. Pure posturing. If Berlusconi would really mean it he would resign immediately.

Ghordius's picture

Giulio Tremonti is getting a lot of flak for his austerity measures. A pity his power base is so divided on it.

hugovanderbubble's picture

Italian banks has commited fraud and Frankfurt knows it.(Lies in National Accounts + Private Banking)


The same like Hungary,Portugal and Greece.


Sell Italy bonds

Long Belgian CDS

Long Spanish CDS

qussl3's picture

Right on cue rumors on italian banks passing the stress "test"

What a farce.

hugovanderbubble's picture


Just one week ago 4 could fail...today suddenly no one:)





doggings's picture

if Bancaja isnt insolvent yet they deserve to be. 

I just stood in a waiting area for 45 mins, and then left in disgust, with the same 6 people still in front of me as when i arrived (and another 4 come in behind me since)

one useless girl on the counter who managed to serve one woman in the whole time, and 3 guys sitting in their own cubicles behind her ignoring everybody

what a f'in joke, no wonder theyre all insolvencio.

richard in norway's picture

the $ is on a tear, the jobs number must be good

qussl3's picture

Remember today is reverse day, lol.

I dont know what to think anymore.

Just BTFD in gold, outside the US ofc.

Hephasteus's picture

Dollar is looking like it's settling into an epilleptic sinusoidal pattern. I don't know how they keep pumping it back up.

malikai's picture

Tyler, do you ever sleep?

hugovanderbubble's picture

Tyler team and contributors are simple great.

God save Zh.

RealFinney's picture

I heard he sleeps only 1 hour a night...

smiler03's picture

He surely sleeps with his eyes wide open

smiler03's picture

Great link, thanks for this

doomandbloom's picture

i simply dont get this....why is there FEAR!!?

everyone will be bailed out...everyone...these guys need to relax..

Ivanof's picture

Quantitative Easing in USA is ending but in the same time yesterday Trichet just announced european QE... mybe today sell off in Banks is just a way to load european banks at better price...


ZeroPower's picture

Totally scared off the EURUSD here this morning.

swissinv's picture

sure he's going to volontary resign for prison...

freethinker4now's picture

Just another day for the Bunga Bunga boys

Peter K's picture

It's just sex. Everybody lies about it ;)

White.Star.Line's picture

One day Greece, next day Portugal, now Italy. Nothing like a European debt-vacation!

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

relax and take a long lunch ( in Italy a long lunch usually last days)..la dolce vita..

one can only laugh at the end of the west.

A Man without Qualities's picture

Nothing scares credit traders more than Italy.  Most of them expect at any moment some bombshell to drop about the sovereign or a key bank or region.  Republic of Italy is the open interest CDS position for a reason, trouble is, I wonder who is the ultimate seller of protection?


wandstrasse's picture

UniCredit is mentioned? Sb said they are too big to mention.

mayhem_korner's picture

Three little PIIGS in a boiling cauldron, QE on "pause", the curtain being pulled back on China's bubbles, and yet the DXY struggles to press 76.  All the while gold holds its own...

What's safe money?