French bank Credit Agricole (CRARF) has the biggest gap with a hole of €31.5B.
Of other major banks, Deutsche Bank's shortfall is €19B; in a recent earnings report, the German firm said its Tier 1 capital ratio was 9.7% and its leverage ratio 3.1%.
While the OECD uses a different method to calculate banks' capital than the ECB uses, the OECD believes the central bank will come to the same conclusion as the organization has done in stress tests later this year.
As flagged, the EU Commission has fined international banks €1.71B for the manipulation of inter-bank interest rates, including.
The banks fined are Citigroup (C) [€70M], Deutsche Bank (DB) [€726M], Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) [€391M], JPMorgan (JPM) [€79.9M] and Societe Generale (SCGLF) [€446M].
UBS (UBS), Barclays (BCS) and Citigroup helped expose the cartels and so received immunity for their violations. UBS avoided a fine of €2.5B and Barclays €690M, while Citigroup's was €55M lower as a result.
The EU has opened proceedings against HSBC (HSBC) and Credit Agricole (CRARF), as well as against JPMorgan (JPM), for Euribor infractions. JPM's fine is for Tibor violations. (PR)
The EU Commission will reportedly fine a group of leading multinational banks €1.7B for rigging inter-bank interest rates in what would be the largest antitrust penalty that the commission has ever levied.
The banks to be fined include all the old favorites - Citigroup (C), Deutsche Bank (DB), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), JPMorgan (JPM) and Barclays (BCS), as well as Societe Generale (SCGLF).
The banks have admitted liability in return for a 10% reduction in their punishment.
However, HSBC (HSBC) and Credit Agricole (CRARF) are contesting the proposed sanctions from the EU and are set to be formally charged today.
UBS (UBS), which paid $1.5B to U.S. and U.K. authorities for similar sins, is escaping a penalty, as it alerted the EU to the Libor and Tibor cases.
EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is due to announce the penalties at a press conference at 5:30 ET.
Credit Agricole (CRARF.PK) leads major European banks higher, rising 4.7% after regulators ease Basel liquidity rules, followed by Deutsche Bank (DB) +4.3%, Unicredit (UNCFY.OB) +4.3% and Barclays (BCS) +3.7%. Also, SocGen (SCGLF.PK) +3.4%, HSBC (HBC) +0.75%, Lloyds (LYG) +1.9%, Santander (SAN) +2%, RBS (RBS) +1.5%, UBS (UBS) +2% and Credit Suisse (CS) +3.4%. Italy's Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMDPY.PK) +15%.
Paris is busily rebounding from S&P's negative rating actions on the French banks overnight. BNP Paribas (BNPQY.PK) was cut to A+ from AA-, while SocGen (SCGLY.PK) and Credit Agricole (CRARY.PK) were given a negative outlook. "The economic risks under which French banks operate have increased in our view." The CAC 40 +0.2% after a near 1% early decline.
Far from using cheap ECB money to fund governments, large EU banks like Barclays (BCS), Lloyds (LLG), and Credit Agricole (CRARY.PK) are having their subsidiaries in the periphery borrow to fund themselves so the parents can stop shoveling money in. "It doesn't signal confidence," says Pimco's Philippe Bodereau.
EU banks may be surging on reports of a Franco-German push to weaken bank capital rules, but EU financial Commissioner Michel Barnier says he will keep to the timetable already agreed for implementing stricter Basel III requirements. And in music to U.K. ears, Barnier added that no country will be forced to accept a financial transaction tax.
European banks shoot higher this morning on reports of a Franco-German push to weaken bank capital rules. In Paris, Societe Generale +7.9%, Credit Agricole +5.5%, AXA +2.8%. Premarket U.S.: Deutsche Bank +3%, UBS +1.8%, RBS +1.2%, ING +1.5%, Lloyds +1%.
Recent data from the BIS suggests U.S. banks have $41B in exposure to Greece, mostly in the form of CDS contracts sold to European banks who own Greek paper. By comparison, French banks (under downgrade threat), part of an economy 1/6 the size of the U.S., have $65B in exposure.