Overnight Recap: Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Leads To ‘Panic’ – Nikkei Crashes 17% In 2 Days, Japanese Default Risk Rises to Record, Gold Down 1% in $
by Tyler Durden
Japan’s nuclear crisis has deepened and we deeply regret to say that there is now the real possibility of a nuclear catastrophe. Investor panic has set in with the Nikkei down over 16.5% in two days and the Topic index down by 17% – its worst two-day loss since the 1987 Wall Street stock market crash.
The cost to insure Japanese debt has surged to a record with credit-default swaps protecting Japanese government debt for five years soaring 27 basis points to a record of 125 basis points. One UBS trader said that the deteriorating nuclear crisis had led to “near panic across local credit-default swap markets.”
While most equity indices and commodities have fallen, some sharply, gold has remained resilient and is down 1% in US dollar terms and is higher in Australian dollars which like other so called ‘commodity’ currencies has come under pressure in recent days. Gold remains marginally higher in all currencies since the tragedy began last Friday.