Markit Recap – 4/11/2016

When it comes to the Italian banks, pessimists are not in short supply. Indeed, to be bullish on this sector could be considered contrarian, or even foolhardy, given its parlous state.  Asset quality is the overriding problem – Italy’s banks have €360bn of non-performing loans on their balance sheet, about a third of the eurozone’s total.

Nonetheless, there were tentative signs this week that optimism is returning as markets reacted positively