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Italian bond futures fall after S&P credit rating downgrade
December 8, 2014 / 7:13 AM / 3 years ago

Italian bond futures fall after S&P credit rating downgrade

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Italian bond futures slumped in early Monday trade after Standard & Poor’s cut Italy’s sovereign credit rating on Friday to just one notch above junk.

In a blow for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who came into office in February pledging an ambitious reform agenda, the agency cut Italy’s rating to BBB- from BBB, saying weak growth and poor competitiveness undermined the sustainability of its huge public debt.

Italian bond futures were down 63 ticks at 134.29, unwinding some of their sharp gains from last week. (Reporting by Emelia Sithole-Matarise; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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