Italian banking stocks fell and government bond yields rose in thin trade Monday after a report Brussels is considering disciplinary action over Rome’s failure to rein in public debt.
The banking index was down 1.7% at 1350 GMT, extending earlier losses. Government bond yields extended their rise across the board, with the benchmark 10-year yield up 7 basis points to 2.62%. Bonds yields rise as prices fall.
A report from Bloomberg cited an official as saying the European Commission was considering proposing the disciplinary procedure next week, potentially paving the way for a 3.5-billion-euro ($4 billion) penalty.