Europe Smashes All Market Records On Its Way To Total Insolvency

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
07/24/2012

Spain’s IBEX equity index closed at Euro-era lows today having dropped over 10% in the last 3 days (crushing the hopes of the afternoon post-short-sale-ban squeeze yesterday). This leaves IBEX down over 30% for the year (and Italy down over 18% YTD). Add to that; inverted long-end curves in Spain (and almost Italy), all-time record high short- and long-term spreads for Spanish debt and euro-era record high yields, record wide CDS-Cash basis, dramatic short-end weakness in Italy, new low negative rates in Switzerland (-46bps) and Germany (-7bps), and EURUSD at its lowest since June 2010 at 1.2059. But apart from that, the EU Summit seems to have done the trick nicely. Financials have been crushed in credit-land as subs notably underperform seniors and HY and IG credit continues to lead the equity markets lower in reality. Meanwhile, remember Greece? 30Y GGBs have dropped almost 20% in price in the last few days and have closed at all-time record low closing price at just EUR11.55!! S’all god though – where’s Whitney?

You’ve seen enough Spanish charts – you nasty rubber-neckers…

So here’s Italy’s 5Y Bond spread to bunds…

The Rest…HERE

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