Market overview: Italian impasse sends stocks sliding

A new wave of political uncertainty in Italy, sent its shares and bonds sliding after a doomed attempt to break the political deadlock, in effect fired the starting pistol on the second election of the year.

President Sergio Mattarella called on the Italian Parliament to support a “neutral” Interim government until the end of the year, after the party seized power in elections in March. But the largest Italian party, the populist Northern League and anti-establishment five star movement, has ruled out supporting plans and instead pushed for a new vote to be held in July.

The renewal of the political instability and the likelihood of early elections spooked investors with a “blue chip” Milan index sinking as much as 2.4 PC and 10-year government bond yield pushing up 10.2 basis points to its highest level in six weeks.

With the support of both sides hesitant to vote in the beginning of this year, markets are nervous that the League will gather enough support to break away from his Alliance with the right party “forward, Italy”, Rabobank said. This can be particularly worrying for investors because it will result in the League and five Star movement holding anti-government majority.

Risk appetite on the markets decreased, as investors nervously await the decision of Donald trump on the Iranian nuclear deal. European markets closed before the White house announcement, the FTSE 100 index fell 1.39 points to 7,565.75 despite the recent flurry of deals in London. Elsewhere, B & Q owner Kingfisher broke away from a five-year low after wall Street analysts at Morgan Stanley argued that the FTSE 100 firm’s shares a SNiP at their current value.


Although the company’s cost-cutting “one Kingfisher” strategy “doesn’t work”, there is “still an important value to be unlocked” at £3.5 billion in property and nine separable enterprises, Bank analyst Geoff Ruddell said customers to pick up giant for the sale of 6.6 p higher and amounted to 287,8 page

On the London Junior market, Faron pharmaceuticals collapsed 620.5 p To 104p, while 85pc small, after recognizing that his treatment for acute respiratory distress syndrome, stumbled in the study. Boss Faron Dr. Markku Jalkanen admitted that the aim-listed company, which fell in value by almost £200 million on Tuesday, was “incredibly disappointed and surprised” by the results. Consumer goods giant Unilever rose 72.5 P to $ 40.54 after the beginning of the share repurchase plan.

In emerging markets, the Argentine peso took record lows after President Mauricio Macri has announced that his government is negotiating with the International monetary Fund for receiving $30 billion line of credit. Argentina has raised interest rates three times in eight days to 40 units last week to slow the fall of the peso.

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