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Spain beset by bank crisis, downgrades, bond pressure | Reuters

Spain’s borrowing costs shot up at a bond auction on Thursday and its troubled banks suffered a double blow, with shares in part-nationalized Bankia diving and 16 lenders – including the euro zone’s biggest – having their credit ratings cut.

Official data confirmed Spain was back in recession and a newspaper reported a big outflow of deposits from Bankia, but the government said it had taken a fundamental step to strengthen Spain’s credibility by agreeing big budget cuts with the country’s free-spending regions.

Moody’s Investors Service cut the long-term debt and deposit ratings of the 16 Spanish banks, including Banco Santander, the euro zone’s largest, saying the government’s ability to support some banks had weakened.

via Spain beset by bank crisis, downgrades, bond pressure | Reuters.

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