Italy Banks Go For The Trifecta On Sigma X

Italian banks and other companies refuse to relinquish the top volume spots on the world's most active dark pool, Goldman's Sigma X. As a reminder, non-open ATS venues like dark pools, represent what the big money is trading when not masked with the churn volume of HFT darlings that provide easy liquidity rebates, and thus massive volume (but absolutely no liquidity). As we reported in the past two days, Intesa, Unicredit and Banca Monte dei Pasci have been consistently among the top traded names, and continue to be so for the third day in a row. Today it may be time to add Enel SpA. Also, Italian CDS in the 175 bps range are likely very cheap now that the law of communicating insolvent vessels means the bond vigilantes will finally shift their attention to an increasingly troubled Italy.