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Italy’s budget of uncomfortable deficits and optimistic growth projections should be presented on 15th for EU scrutiny, points out Tim Riddell, Research Analyst at Westpac.

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“If it is rejected, Italy will need to rework the budget over a subsequent three weeks. EU Leaders’ meeting (17th-18th) could become be a forum for budget discontent. Unless there is a quick compromise over Italy’s budget (and others!), sentiment should remain heavy, as shown in the BTP-Bund spread remaining elevated around 300bps. Also, rating agencies are due to respond into month-end.”

“The expectations components of ZEW surveys tend to lead regional activity and they currently appear to be basing, or even turning. Although there is clearly a lag, this could also allow for a EUR/USD rebound.”

“EUR/USD’s 1.12-1.20 range persists. Italian risks are likely to cap rebounds while US economic strength remains a key driver.”