The promise of an agreement between Greece and its creditors is still unclear, and on Wednesday the situation weighed on markets yet again. Spanish bonds retreated, having shed the previous two days' gains — a bitter outcome of this past Monday's promising rally, when the yield on Spanish 10-year bonds fell the most in 12 months amidst hopes for a quick solution to the Greek stalemate.
The 10-year Deutsche Bund — Europe's benchmark fixed income asset, the local analogue to the US Treasury paper — rose 0.32, which is 3.20 euros per 1,000 euro face value, to 96.89. The yield fell, naturally, 0.04% to 0.84%.
The retreat in periphery bonds was nothing dramatic, as the Spanish 10-year bond yield rose 0.03% to 2.14% after Monday's significant decline of 0.16% — the largest fall since June 2014, a very positive development — while the yield on 10-year Italian bonds gained 0.09% and was also at 2.14% Wednesday after earlier retreats of 0.03%.
That said, investment capital rushed for safe haven assets after realizing the deal between Greece and its creditors might be further away than it looked earlier this week.
The Greek PM Tsipras said on Wednesday that certain creditors refused to accept his proposals offered on Monday, having considered them insufficient to overcome the Greek fiscal flaws and the overall weakness of Greece's economy.
"The repeated rejection of equivalent measures by certain institutions never occurred before-neither in Ireland nor Portugal," Tsipras said. "This odd stance seems to indicate that either there is no interest in an agreement or that special interests are being backed."
Meanwhile, in Germany, business confidence declined in June for the second consecutive month, attributed mostly to the Greek concerns. The Ifo Institute's Business Climate Index fell to 107.4 from 108.5 in May. The German real economy is expanding robustly due to low unemployment and a weak euro, both supportive factors for the nation's manufacturing. However, the uncertainty stirred by the ever-worsening Greek debt crisis may impair growth prospects for most of the region's advanced nations.
European shares were hit by the renewed Greek concern. In Frankfurt, the DAX Index was 0.8% down, and the euro rose to $1.1193.