LONDON -- European equity markets have started the week deep in the red Monday, with financial stocks leading losses as renewed fears surrounding the eurozone sovereign-debt crisis keep the pressure on. This comes as the Spanish 10-year bond yield pushed to a euro-era high at 7.52% after news that Catalonia will be joining the list of regions in the country that will be tapping the bailout fund.
Attention is also turning back to Greece this week as the country's creditors -- including the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the European Commission -- will be visiting the troubled nation to determine the fiscal state of the country. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pre-empted this determination a little yesterday, describing the situation as that of the Great Depression in the 1930s.
Unsurprisingly the Spanish market is among the worst-hit today, due in main to sharp losses in the country's banking sector, although some declines in heavily weighted German stocks have the DAX
As always, the following price moves are based on this morning's European trading.
Banks and financials are predictably among the sectors suffering today as fear surrounding the sovereign-debt crisis worsens. Spanish majors are leading the downward spiral on the back of euro-era-high bond yields.
With this, Banco Santander
Elsewhere, Deutsche Bank
In other sectors, French supermarket operator Carrefour (OTC: CRRFY.PK) is down 4.4% in Paris after it confirmed that it and joint-venture partner New Europe Property Investments have secured a loan with from Romanian bank BDR-Groupe to help fund 40% of its planned 65 million euro investment in a new shopping center in the South Romanian city of Ploiesti.
The remaining 60% of the required finance will be funded directly from Carrefour and New Europe, while the 26 million euro loan will be used to allow them to complete the project by November this year.
The one positive story coming from the continent today is Koninklijke Philips Electronics
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