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Spanish markets got clubbed today, as PM Mariano Rajoy was announcing a new nationalization scheme for Bankia.But that was mostly expected.
What freaked out investors was a new report in El Mundo that suggested a new, much-more expensive fire needed to be put out.
In its latest Euro Areas: Sovereign Debt Crisis Update note, Citi summarizes the report:
Reports suggest Spain may need an extra €30bn for banks – Spain may need another €30bn to clean up its banking system on top of the €19bn required by Bankia according to El Mundo. The money would be split along the following lines: €10bn for a balance sheet cleanup and €20bn to raise capital levels, citing
government sources. The newspaper argues that the €30bn would go mainly to CatalunyaCaixa, Novagalicia and Banco de Valencia. The newspaper also quoted government sources suggesting that, should the Greece crisis continue and Spanish 10-yr bond spread remain around 500bps, Spain could seek aid from European funds.