Spanish, Italian Bonds Continue Sliding As Risk Sees Modest Squeeze
Following yesterday's blistering market fall, the dead cat is in play, if only for a few hours like on Monday morning, precipitated by some aggressive short covering in the EURUSD, which will continue to be the primary buffer of every fall courtesy of the record number of net shorts, who cover on even the tiniest bit of pseudo-favorable news, no matter how ludicrous. As Bloomberg recaps, European markets gain led by telcos, utilities. Financials trade slightly higher having dropped earlier. Italian shares underperform. The euro reversed earlier losses against the dollar to trade stronger. Commodities fall led by natural gas, the GSCI index is off intraday lows. But the biggest data continues to be the action in Spanish, and now Italian, which everyone is watching very closely, bonds. As the charts below show, subordination is bad, bad thing, and one the Spandora's Box is opened, it can't be closed: both are substantially wider on the day, and the only potential buying catalyst would be for the ECB to come back into the market after 3 months of absence.
Spain 10 Year:
Italy 10 Year:
We expect the dead cat to rediscover gravity once Wall Street opens those Spanish and Italian CDS screens first thing this morning.