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Feb 26, 2013

Italy shares, bonds sink as shock vote reignites euro fears

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian stocks and government bonds fell sharply on Tuesday, after a parliamentary election left Italy facing political deadlock and rekindled fears of a new euro zone debt crisis.

Shares in the main stock market index fell 4.6 percent, dragged down by losses of up to 10 percent on banks such as IntesaSanpaolo and UniCreditMI>, big holders of Italy’s 2-trillion euro ($2.6-trillion) state debt.

Feb 26, 2013

Italy stocks, bonds dive as vote reignites euro fears

MILAN, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Italian stocks and government
bonds fell sharply on Tuesday, after inconclusive elections left
Italy facing political deadlock and rekindled fears of a new
euro zone debt crisis.

Shares in Italy’s main index fell 5 percent in early trade,
dragged down by losses of 10 percent and more on the biggest
banks, major lenders to the state.

Feb 25, 2013

Investors see bright side to Italy election

MILAN (Reuters) – Hopes of a victory for a pro-reform Italian government helped fuel a stock market rally and support government bonds on Monday in the final stages of voting in the general election.

Opinion polls before the vote and a low turnout on the first day of voting on Sunday prompted some traders to place bets on a victory for the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) of Pierluigi Bersani in coalition with outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti.

Feb 25, 2013

Markets brace for Italy election result

MILAN, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Investors are awaiting the outcome
of an Italian election that could trigger a sell-off in stocks
and bonds and renew concerns about the euro if the polls bring
an unstable government.

Opinion polls have suggested the centre-left Democratic
Party (PD) of Pierluigi Bersani could secure a narrow victory in
the recession-hit country, the euro zone’s No. 3 economy.

Feb 24, 2013

Markets brace for crucial Italy election test

MILAN (Reuters) – Investors are awaiting the outcome a wide open Italian election that could trigger a sell-off in stocks and bonds and renew concerns about the euro if the polls bring an unstable government.

Polling stations open for a second and final day on Monday and exit polls will be published soon after they close at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT).

Feb 22, 2013

New government must pull Italy out of economic quicksand

MILAN, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Italy’s new government, after
elections this weekend, must cut bureaucracy and taxes and
reform an ineffective legal system if the shrinking economy is
to be jolted back to life, businesses and foreign investors say.

Italians vote on Sunday and Monday for a successor to Mario
Monti’s technocrat government whose austerity policies saved
Italy from a Greek-style debt crisis but did nothing to pull it
out of deep recession.

Feb 21, 2013

Italy’s best are emigrating at time of crisis

MILAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) – For more than a century unskilled
Italians have gone abroad to escape poverty, but these days the
people running for the exits are among the country’s top brains.

A growing wave of technologists, researchers and
entrepreneurs is flowing away from the motherland. Few think
this weekend’s elections will do much to alleviate the gloom.

Feb 19, 2013

Grillo’s crowd says Basta! to old Italy politics

MILAN, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The leader of an
anti-establishment movement that is set to come third when it
contests its first general election in a few days whipped a
crowd of more than 30,000 into a rage against Italy’s corrupt
political system on Tuesday.

Beppe Grillo, a charismatic former comedian known for his
foul-mouthed jokes, asked established politicians to “surrender”
to the Italian people, drawing applause and cheers from the
masses outside Milan’s gothic cathedral on one of the final
rallies of his ‘Tsunami Tour’.

Feb 19, 2013

Finmeccanica ready to cooperate with India on helicopter deal

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian defense company Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), at the center of a probe into alleged bribery to win an Indian helicopter tender, said on Tuesday it was ready to cooperate with Indian authorities to clarify the matter.

India’s defense ministry has threatened Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland with cancellation of a 560 million euro ($750 million) deal for 12 helicopters unless it can give assurances that no bribes were paid in the deal.

Feb 15, 2013

“New Bribesville” hits Italy Inc. before election

MILAN, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Corruption probes at three major
companies have hurt corporate Italy’s image with investors and
revived memories, just a week before an election, of the
scandals that devastated Italian politics in the 1990s.

Defence firm Finmeccanica, oil group Eni
and Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the world’s oldest bank
and Italy’s third largest, all face judicial probes into crimes
ranging from bribing foreign officials to accounting fraud.

    • About Lisa

      "I have been a correspondent for 13 years, reporting on banks, financial regulation and EU politics from London, Brussels, Zurich and Milan. I have also written about a variety of business sectors, general news, the arts and sport. As Chief Financial Correspondent for Italy, I keep a close eye on top Italian business stories, particularly Fiat and banking."
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      Awards:
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