- Moody’s downgrades 15 top banks including Morgan Stanley, BofA, Citigroup, RBS, Credit Suisse, UBS, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank.
- Likely to increase borrowing costs of these banks, and counterparties may demand more collateral.
- German IFO Business Climate index fell to 105.3 from 106.9 in May – a 2-year low.
- Spain’s audit shows bank recapitalization needs at 62 bn euros.
- US equities plunged yesterday, in the 2nd worst sell-off of the year, with Goldman Sachs putting out a recommendation to short S&P.
Key Developments This Week:
- Greece elections conclusive but any relief to markets short-lived.
- Poor macro data – China’s manufacturing PMI, Germany’s Manufacturing PMI, ZEW Economic Sentiment and IFO, US Philly Fed index point to weakness in the world’s industrial powers.
- Market anticipation of FOMC providing extra stimulus dashed – leave the door open for a move in August if data deteriorates further.
- Spain pays high interest rates at auctions, but 10-year yield falls back to 6.50% as expectation that EFSF/ESM may be used to buy bond on secondary market calms periphery.
European Pre-Summit Talks:
- Do Europeans give Greece more time to achieve its deficit-cuts? So far, Germany and other creditor nations reluctant.
- How to do a recapitalization of Spanish banking system without scaring investors away from Spanish bonds (issues of seniority and subordination)?
- A failure next week to craft a blueprint for a tighter fiscal and banking union would trigger “progressively greater speculative attacks” on Europe’s “weaker” economies. – Mario Monti
Theme of the Market:
- Macro data shows global demand faltering, trade to pull back – commodities weaker, equities which were buoyed by hope of central bank action (FOMC) gave way yesterday.
- While we have seen some improvement in Spanish yields, might just be a respite ahead of the EU Summit, and is completely fueled by anticipation that ESM will be buying bonds on secondary market.
- Much rests on the shoulders of Angela Merkel and whether Germany goes along with the demands/requests of Italy, Spain, France.
- Fed extended Operation Twist, and expectations that ECB will lower rates and that BOE will restart bond may give some underlying support to equities.
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