So equities traders here in the old USA aren’t worried about European debt today, it seems judging by stock futures, whereas yesterday they were all in a tizzy about it. Does that make sense? No, it doesn’t, so you should ignore the stock moves (unless, of course, you’re actively trading, in which case, all that matters are the numbers,) and focus on, you know, the news. And the news is still coming out of Europe.
The cost of credit default swaps on Irish debt hit a record today on increasing worries over the state of Irish banks. This after the government extended its blanket guarantee of private banking debt (was supposed to run out the end of this month, now they’re extending it to the end of the year. Just seems like nobody can get those exit strategies kicking in, can they?)
Neil Shah reports over at MarketBeat:
Ireland, which is grappling with an increasingly costly bailout for troubled lender Anglo Irish Bank, isn’t alone. Concerns about the health of Europe’s banking system have unleashed a wave of risk aversion that is engulfing other countries on Europe’s fringe too. Portugal’s credit-insurance costs have jumped to $342,000 from $330,000, while Greece’s costs have hit $916,000 from $895,000.
It’s not just Irish CDS, either. Spreads on bond yields between Germany and some of the so-called periphery countries are rising. The spread between Greek bonds and German bonds is at a four-month high of 948 basis points, very close to the record 973 it was sitting at before the Europeans unveiled their grand bailout plan.
That tells you that despite the near trillion dollar safety net the Europeans threw at their collective economies, investors are still worried. It’s not at panic levels, but beads of sweat of forming on the collective European brow.