‘Monti Effect’ Fizzles in Italy

Italian bond yields rise amid concern about 2012 debt issuance.

Prime Minister Mario Monti’s market honeymoon is ending as Italian bond yields near 7 percent signal mounting concern his government may struggle to sell 440 billion euros ($574 billion) of debt next year.

Monti took just five weeks in office to push through a 30 billion-euro emergency budget package aimed at taming surging borrowing costs. Investors reacted to the plan’s final approval by the Senate by driving up the yield on Italy’s 10-year benchmark bond to 6.91 percent Friday, near the 7 percent level that prompted Greece, Ireland and Portugal to seek bailouts.

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