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Italian Lenders’ Costs Climb on Contagion Concern

Italian banks face higher borrowing costs as concern over the nation’s debt, the second-highest in the euro zone, erodes their perceived creditworthiness.

The cost of insuring the debt of UniCredit SpA, Italy’s biggest bank, posted the largest monthly jump in November since February 2009, according to data provider CMA. UniCredit’s credit default swaps this week implied a junk rating to the company’s bonds for the first time, data from Moody’s Investors Service’s capital markets research group show. Swaps on Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, the No. 2 bank, posted a record monthly increase.