European Bank Bonds Plunge To 5-Month Lows
Close-to-close, headlines will be happy that things do not appear to be collapsing in Europe. The broadest equity indices only lost a fraction of a percent and bonds ended unchanged. But the action in the last hour or two (which saw Spanish and Italian bonds weaken considerably) and the relentless leak lower in Italian and Spanish stocks (now down 4.5 and 3.5% on the week respectively) suggest risk-appetite is fading fast. German and Swiss 2Y rates are negative once again as safety is chased and EUR-USD basis swaps are holding their lows. EURUSD tried to rally but failed and ended at the lows of the session as European banking credit markets continued to weaken - now at 5-month wide spreads (and their stocks still playing catch down).