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Investors flock to EU-periphery equity and debt

  • "Investors are all aboard the periphery train, and there's now simply no margin for error," says BAML's Obe Ejikeme, commenting on his firm's fund manager survey for May. A net 36% of the respondents say they're overweight eurozone stocks, up from 30% in April, with the equities of Spain (EWP) and Italy (EWI) are preferred to those in the core.
  • Ejikeme also calls long bets in EU periphery debt the most crowded traded globally. Indeed. Spanish 10-year debt is now priced to yield 2.93%, Italy 2.97%, Ireland 2.67%. As comparison, U.S. 10-year Treasurys yield 2.63%.
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