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Sep 17, 2012

Smaller euro banks fear ECB scrutiny

FRANKFURT/MILAN, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Savings bank Sparkasse
Bad Sachsa, run by 46 staff in a small spa town at the foot of
the picturesque Harz mountain range in western Germany, will
next year come under the supervision of Europe’s central bank
and it is worried.

It will be one of the smallest of 6,000 banks policed by the
European Central Bank (ECB) under ground-breaking European Union
plans for a banking union unveiled last week.

Sep 13, 2012

ECB pledge pushes Italy yields down at auction

MILAN, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Italian three-year borrowing
costs fell to their lowest in almost two years at an auction on
Thursday, adding to signs the euro zone’s debt crisis has been
tempered by bold action by the European Central Bank.

The Treasury also paid lower yields to sell its first 15
year bond in more than a year, indicating longer-term borrowing
was also benefitting from the ECB’s plan for buying bonds issued
by the governments struggling most with high debt.

Sep 12, 2012

Italy one-year yields back in safe territory at auction

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s one-year borrowing costs dropped to their lowest since March on Wednesday, a more than one percent drop since a month ago showing how the European Central Bank’s pledge to enter bond markets has made Rome’s debt a safer bet for investors.

A ruling by Germany’s top court backing the euro zone’s new rescue fund – and allowing the ECB to act should it be asked by a government – added to positive market sentiment and drove Italy’s cost of borrowing another few basis points lower in the hour before the auction.

Sep 7, 2012

Venice credits roll, U.S., Korean films in awards race

VENICE (Reuters) – The credits are about to roll on this year’s Venice film festival, and the world’s oldest cinema showcase pits Hollywood’s finest against up-and-coming American talent and movies by directors from South Korea, France and beyond.

The 11-day stretch of screenings, parties and interviews on the Lido waterfront ends on Saturday with the awards ceremony where the Golden Lion for best picture is handed out.

Aug 3, 2012

Intesa bad loans spike as Italy recession bites

MILAN, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s
biggest retail bank, reported a sharp rise in provisions for
risky loans in the second quarter and falling net profit as the
Italian economy plunged deeper into recession.

The lender set aside 2.1 billion euros ($2.55 billion) in
the first half of 2012, up 37 percent from the first half of
2011, as risky loans rose by 20 percent.

Jun 27, 2012

Overhaul at Italy’s oldest bank looks to new investors

SIENA, Italy, June 27 (Reuters) – Banca Monte dei Paschi di
Siena laid out a painful restructuring plan on
Wednesday, a day after the world’s oldest bank was forced to
take state aid, and said it would be looking to new investors in
seeking to raise up to 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion)in new
equity capital over the next five years.

Monte dei Paschi is the first Italian bank to have to resort
to state aid since 2010 as the euro zone crisis deepens, with
the bank hit hard by its 25 billion-euro exposure to Italian
government bonds, which is proportionally higher than that of
its domestic peers.

Jun 26, 2012

Pamplona Capital buys 5 pct of Italy’s UniCredit

MILAN/LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – A fund backed by Russian
billionaire Mikhail Fridman’s Alfa Group has bought 5 percent in
UniCredit, making it the second-largest shareholder in
Italy’s biggest bank.

The stake, bought by London-based Pamplona Capital
Management, is worth about 750 million euros ($935.33 million)
at current market prices and is one of the largest investments
by a foreign operator in a listed Italian group this year.

Jun 26, 2012

Italy offers state aid to world’s oldest bank

SIENA, Italy (Reuters) – Italy offered up to 2 billion euros on Tuesday to plug a capital gap in the bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the second time in three years the cash-strapped state has had to bail out the world’s oldest bank.

The bank, founded in 1472 as a charity to lend to the poor of Tuscany, expanded rapidly in the last few decades, becoming Italy’s third largest lender with a vast branch network. It’s second bailout would leave it dependent on nearly 4 billion euros in expensive state aid.

Jun 25, 2012

Italy’s MPS races against time to plug capital gap

MILAN/ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena is racing against time to win regulatory approval to sell least 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) of bonds to the government to plug a capital shortfall by the end of June.

Sources close to the situation told Reuters at the weekend that the world’s oldest bank was in close talks with the Treasury and the Bank of Italy for a capital fix that would make it the first Italian bank to resort to state aid since 2010, when the euro zone crisis deepened.

Jun 23, 2012

MPS in talks to issue 1 billion euros of govt-backed bonds – sources

ROME/MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI: Quote, Profile, Research) is in talks with the Treasury and the Bank of Italy about issuing at least 1 billion euros (806.8 million pounds) of government-backed bonds to plug a capital shortfall, two sources close to the matter said on Saturday.

If the Treasury and the Bank of Italy give the go-ahead, Italy’s third biggest lender would become the country’s first bank to resort to state help as the euro zone debt crisis deepens.