Stock market closes its fourth worst week of year

Commission President Barroso says Brussels is "watching Spain closely"

Madrid -

It was another tumultuous day for Spanish stocks. The Ibex 35 was down Friday 3.10 percent closing at 6,738.90 points — its fourth worst week of the year.

Spain’s risk premium closed at 563 basis points over the benchmark German bund, with the yield on the country’s 10-year bond nearing the red-alert seven-percent mark at 6.95 percent.

“We are watching Spanish developments closely,” said European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso, who added that he asked Finnish leaders to comply with the pact hammered out at last week’s EU summit. Finland has come out against using the rescue fund to purchase bonds to calm the markets in troubled countries.


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