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Italy, Spain Lead Increase in European Sovereign Credit Risk

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Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Italy and Spain led an increase in the cost of insuring bonds sold by Europe’s peripheral nations, according to CMA prices for credit-default swaps.

Swaps on Italy rose 8 basis points to 217 while Spain increased 9 basis points to 306. Contracts on Ireland were 11.5 baais points higher at 553 and Portugal was up 6 to 434.

The Markit iTraxx SovX Western Europe Index of swaps linked to 15 governments rose 3 basis points to 179.5.

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