PIIGS Bonds Get Slaughtered At Close

Portuguese and Italian sovereign bond spreads have risen for four weeks in a row now (with Portugal +29bps this week alone and near 2013 wides) but the close today was unusual in its agression. Portugal had been blowing wider since yesterday, but minutes before the close today, Spain and Italy were slammed higher in yield/spread and lower in price (BMPS unwinding?) Of course European stocks didn't care - Greece up 5.6% on the week, Spain +3.3%, Italy +3%... "fixed"

 

4th week in a row that EU bond spreads are blowing wider... Taper?

 

but what happened at the close today?

 

But stocks didn't care...

 

 

Why should we care - this is why...

 

 

Charts: Bloomberg