Euro losses build in Asia as Italy plunges into political crisis

REUTERS  Dado Ruvic  Illustration  File

REUTERS Dado Ruvic Illustration File

Thursday's price action and continued recovery in the Euro after a steep sell-off earlier in the week indicates that investors have accepted that Italy has a problem, but that it may be a contained problem with less risk of contagion to the Euro Zone and nearly no risk to the global economy.

However, some market watchers remained cautious given that Italy's anti-establishment parties, the League and 5-Star, are planning to spend big.

Italy's new government has signaled it doesn't intend to leave Europe's single currency, easing the most acute concerns.

Global markets have been sent into a tailspin as a political crisis unfolding in Rome has thrust the stability of the eurozone and European Union back on to the agenda.

Italy's government was also reported to sell of some bands. Those companies depend on strong sales outside the U.S.

But Italy's borrowing costs fell sharply for the last two days as the country's efforts to form a coalition government are back on track.

"I'm too young to remember much about the time before the euro, but I like going on vacation to France and Spain", he said. The dollar, meanwhile, rose 0.1 per cent to 108.90 yen.

A Reuters poll conducted before the release of the regional data suggested that Germany's harmonised consumer price inflation (HICP) rate would rise to 1.8 percent in May. Italy's 10-year bond yield jumped 24 bps to 2.93 percent - their highest since around mid-2014. Against the franc, it fell by a similar margin at 1.1528 francs per euro.

June U.S. Dollar Index futures settled at 94.789, up 0.659 or +0.70%. Many young people in Italy move to other nations. The 1.1500 level also corresponds to trend line support from the December 2016 lows at 1.0340.

Just last week, Italian bond yields reached their highest level in almost three decades, climbing over 100 basis points over a two-week period, surpassing that of the USA 10-year Treasury, which has tumbled 34 basis points since May 13, according to CBRE research from May 30.

The Italian President Sergio Mattarella may well have been perfectly within his rights to veto the appointment of Paolo Savona as finance minister of a new populist Italian government but the way he went about it has been a gift to euro sceptics across Europe, let alone in Italy, fuelling a perception that the established order is subverting democracy.

That country's parliament will hold a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after graft convictions of businesspeople and officials tied to his conservative Popular Party.

The improved mood encouraged investors to sell USA and German bonds, reversing some of the 0.15-0.20 percentage point yield rises seen on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, rose 0.1 percent to $75.39 a barrel in London.

The MSCI All-Country World index, which tracks shares in 47 countries, rose 0.2 per cent.

German unemployment dropped to a super-low 3.4 percent in April, with the Netherlands at 3.9 percent. Italy's rate reached 1.1% compared to 0.6% in April.

In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 0.6 percent while the South Korean Kospi lost 0.9 percent.

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