Sentiment Crumbles On Relentless Euro Crisis, French, Italian And Spanish CDS Hit Records

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden

Despite Congress passing the debt ceiling hike, the market’s reaction has been swift, brutal and vicious as ever more attention is being paid to Italy and the unforgiving European crisis. As both Spanish and Italian spreads hit new all time records, while CDS are at all time wides for the two countries plus France, the vigilantes are once again preparing to attack and test the ECB’s resolve to keep the Euro alive: at this point it is obviously a losing game although expanding the EFSFS to $2 trillion is inevitable (at which point the reaction to German spreads will be swift). In the meantime the scramble for safety is at 2011 highs, with gold on the verge of another record, while the 10 Year US Treasury touching a low of 2.685%, and UK Gilts touching record lows: remember – this is all to make QE3 more palatable when it does begin. Lastly, Bloomberg’s TJ Marta summarizes all the market indicators of a day in which sentiment has truly crumbled and in which we expect Italian bank stocks to be halted at least 3 times before market close.

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