Monday, September 05, 2011

Monday Night Futures and Europe

by Calculated Risk on 9/05/2011 10:42:00 PM

The European markets declined sharply on Monday. The DAX was off 5.3%, the FTSE 100 off 3.6%.

From the WSJ: Europe Signals Global Gloom

[This is] a pivotal week that includes the European Central Bank's monthly decision on interest rates and a decision by a German court on the legality of Germany's participation in Europe's €440 billion ($625 billion) rescue fund.

The ECB purchased Italian and Spanish government bonds Monday in a bid to keep 10-year borrowing costs from rising further above 5% ... The ECB has purchased over €50 billion in bonds since reactivating the program four weeks ago.
And from the NY Times: Europeans Talk of Sharp Change in Fiscal Affairs
The idea is to create a central financial authority — with powers in areas like taxation, bond issuance and budget approval — that could eventually turn the euro zone into something resembling a United States of Europe.
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Nothing happens quickly in Europe, however. For the most part, such efforts are still being made behind the scenes.
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The idea of a European Treasury that would enforce fiscal discipline on wayward countries ... Those in prosperous nations like Germany do not want to see their taxes used to bail out countries that borrowed their way into trouble. And those in weaker nations are reluctant to allow outsiders to dictate how their governments spend their money and tax their citizens.
The Asian markets are red tonight with the Nikkei down over 1%.

From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures: the S&P 500 is down about 28 points, and Dow futures are down about 250 points.

Oil: WTI futures are down to $84 and Brent is up to $110.