Btp-Bund bond spread closes at 276 points
Milan, European stock markets perform poorly14 February, 20:01
The final yield was 4.4% compared to 4.39% at the start of trading.
The Milan stock market closed down 1% at 16,544 points on its main FTSE MIB index. Private television company Mediaset owned by ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi performed particularly badly, dropping 3.18% to close at 1.85 euros after market research company Nielsen said 2012 had been the worst year for advertising in Italy in the last 20 years. Energy company Eni, public utility A2A and automaker Fiat also posted losses, while defense and aerospace giant Finmeccanica continued its downward trend following Tuesday's arrest of CEO Giuseppe Orsi in connection with an international corruption probe relating to the sale of helicopters to India. The main European exchanges also performed negatively on Thursday, with London's FTSE 100 index down 0.5% to 6,327.36 points, Paris' Cac 40 index down 0.78% to 3,669.60 points, Frankfurt's Dax index down 1.05% to 7,631.19 points and Madrid's Ibex 35 index down 0.71% to 8,247.40 points. The only bourse to buck the trend was Athens, which closed up 0.48% at 1,032.43 points.