Global stocks slump amid Italian political turmoil

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Its proposals - which include a monthly basic income for Italy's poorest and a two tier "flat" tax - have anxious Brussels and the financial markets given Italy's massive 2.3 trillion euro ($2.7 trillion) debt.

Italy's populist 5-Star Movement and the anti-immigration League have criticized European Union restrictions on annual government borrowing and on the overall size of a country's debt pile.

Stock markets in Milan, Paris and Frankfurt tumbled, while the euro sank against the dollar with the eurozone facing its biggest upheaval since the Greek debt crisis.

The euro might survive an Italian exit, but it would "put Italy, the euro area economy and the European Union in deep distress". After it was over, reporters spotted Salvini walking out of the palace and asked him how long he thought the new government would last. The parties will likely keep negotiating, and contentious talks between the US and China are due to resume during the weekend.

"Eurozone membership will be at the forefront of the next election", said Alicia Levine, the head of global investment strategy at BNY Mellon Investment Management. The Japanese yen climbed 0.3 per cent to 108.49 per USA dollar, extending a 0.7 per cent climb to the strongest in five weeks. Italy's 10-year bond yield jumped 24 bps to 2.93 percent - their highest since around mid-2014. The euro sank to $1.1531, its lowest since July, from $1.1669. The Russell 2000 index fell far less than the Dow, giving up 0.2 per cent to 1,623.65.

In a move that raised the possibility of a snap election in Italy, President Sergio Mattarella rejected the coalition's nomination of Paolo Savona as finance minister.

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On the economic front while the euro zone's economy has been slowing down from strong growth a year ago, consumer price data published on Thursday showed inflation jumped to 1.9 percent, well above forecast of 1.6 percent.

Bond yields have chased down interest rates, but analysts are still expecting the Federal Reserve to maintain its current short-term rate hike strategy, which has it poised to raise rates at least twice more this year in line with inflation slowing creeping upward.

Adding to selling pressure on the unit is a brewing crisis in Spain, where Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces a no-confidence vote after his party was found guilty of benefiting from illegal funds in a massive graft trial.

The turmoil has also sent Italy's 10-year bond yields more than 300 basis points above Germany's - around a five-year high - reflecting investor concerns. USA crude rose 0.2 per cent to $67.19 a barrel. Natural gas dropped 2.2 percent to $2.88 per 1,000 cubic feet. Brent crude, used to price global oils, rose 0.1 percent to $75.39 a barrel in London. Temporary, it looks that repositioning on Italy had reached some kind of exhaustion move.

Tokyo ended the morning 1.eight % down, Hong Kong misplaced 1.1 % and Shanghai was 1.three % decrease. S&P/ASX 200 Index dropped 0.8 per cent. Kospi index slid 1.3 per cent. Hang Seng Index futures were down 0.6 per cent. S&P 500 Index futures lost 0.2 per cent. S&P 500 declined 1.2 per cent, dropping below its 100-day moving average for the first time since May 9.

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