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Friday, April 23, 2010

Late Night Greece Update

by Calculated Risk on 4/23/2010 01:36:00 AM

From the WSJ: Bonds Fall as Investors View Bailout and Default as Givens

The European Union's statistical authority said Thursday that Greece's 2009 budget deficit—already yawning—was wider than Athens had estimated. Also Thursday, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Greece's debt rating.

Those twin developments sent Greek bond prices into a tailspin, a selloff that spread to bond markets in Portugal and Spain.
And from The Times: Euro suffers as Greek credit rating takes another dive
The euro skidded to its lowest level against the dollar in almost a year last night after Greece suffered another downgrade in its credit rating.
Sarah Carlson, Moody’s senior analyst for Greece, said: “It is unlikely that the rating will remain at A3, unless the Government’s actions can restore confidence in the markets and counteract the prevailing headwinds of high interest rates and low growth.
The never ending saga ...