Skip to comments.EU: Moody's downgrades 13 Italian banks
Posted on 07/16/2012 3:35:52 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
Moody's cut its rating for 13 Italian banks this evening, citing the weakened borrower standing of the Italian government after its credit grade was downgraded last week.
The ratings fell by one to two notches, with Unicredit and Intesa Sanpaolo both falling to Baa2 from A3.
"Today's actions follow the weakening of the Italian government's credit profile," Moody's said in a statement.
"Along with the increase in the risk of sovereign bond defaults, the downgrade of Italy's long-term ratings to Baa2 also indicates a similarly increased risk that the government might be unable to provide financial support to its banks in financial distress."
Moody's said that banks are normally rated no higher than a government "due to multiple channels of shared exposure and contagion."
Italian banks, it said, have substantial exposure to the domestic economy and "high direct exposure" to sovereign
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.