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Italy’s Presidential Candidates Vetted as Rivals Negotiate

Italy’s deadlocked political forces are back at the bargaining table for a new round of talks after their failure earlier this month to form a government.

This time they’re vetting candidates to succeed President Giorgio Napolitano in a parliamentary vote that starts tomorrow, and investors are looking for a deal that could help resolve the government stalemate. Italian 10-year bond yields fell to a three-month low as talks continued between the two biggest parliamentary groups, led by Democratic Party head Pier Luigi Bersani and Silvio Berlusconi.