The stock price of Deutsche Bank dropped by more than 14% on Friday as ongoing concerns about the health of European banks led to a rise in credit default swaps the night before.
The German bank’s Frankfurt-traded shares fell for the third day in a row, causing a monthly loss of over 20%. Insurance against a company’s default on its bonds, known as credit default swaps, jumped to 173 basis points on Thursday night from 142 basis points the day before.
Investors plainly remain dubious that the merger will be enough to manage the stress in the banking sector, despite the hopes of Swiss and global authorities and central banks that the brokering of Credit Suisse’s sale to its domestic rival will help calm the markets.
After Credit Suisse’s dramatic write-down of its AT1s as part of its rescue package made headlines this week, Deutsche Bank’s AT1 bonds also sold off substantially.
On Friday, major European banking stocks followed Deutsche’s lead and fell. Commerzbank, Deutsche’s German rival, dropped by 9 percent. Credit Suisse and Societe Generale also fell. and UBS both lost about 7% of their value. Both Barclays and BNP Paribas fell by over 6%.
Deutsche Bank has completed a multibillion-euro restructure that began in 2019 with the goal of lowering expenses and enhancing profitability, and the results have been 10 consecutive quarters of profit. A net income of 5 billion euros ($5.4 billion) was earned by the institution in 2022, an increase of 159% from the previous year.
Why Is Deutsche Bank So Hungry?
A sell-off in European bank stocks, led by serial underachiever Deutsche Bank, can be explained, at least in part, by the Friday Effect. After a series of failures on both sides of the Atlantic, market confidence in European banking equities plummeted on Friday, with Deutsche Bank plunging as much as 13 percent.
By midday, the Euro Stoxx 600 banking index, which tracks the performance of the region’s largest banks, had dropped 4.6%, outpacing the morning’s losses in other national indices.
Threat Of Contagion
Moody’s Investors Service said in a note on Wednesday that the actions taken by financial regulators and governments in recent weeks should “broadly succeed” in containing the danger of contagion from the problems disclosed at individual lenders.
According to the ratings agency’s credit strategy team, “there is a risk that policymakers will be unable to curtail the current turmoil without longer-lasting and potentially severe repercussions within and beyond the banking sector” due to the economy’s uncertainty and investors’ lack of confidence.
“We had projected global lending conditions to continue to decline in 2023 as a result of much higher interest rates and poorer growth, including recessions in some countries,” the authors write, “even before bank stress became visible.”
Moody’s warned that “stresses stretched beyond the banking sector, unleashing greater financial and economic harm” the longer financial conditions remained tight as central banks worked to rein in inflation.
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Financial Institutions – U.S. bank stocks slumped on concerns about the international financial system. Western Alliance, Zions Bancorporation, and Fifth Third Bank all declined by more than 2%, while First Republic Bank dropped by 3%. Traders’ nervousness affected even the largest financial institutions. The Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase were also down by 2%.
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The Energy Market — While oil prices dropped in the premarket, energy stocks also declined as investors fretted about an oversupply. Both Marathon Oil and Devon Energy were down around 3%. Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, Occidental Petroleum, and Diamondback Energy
Following the issuance of a regulatory update regarding ruxolitinib extended-release tablets, the stock price of the pharmaceutical business dropped by more than 3 percent. The FDA has rejected the application because it is not complete.
Stock in children’s book publisher Scholastic slumped 13% after the business reported lower revenue for its fiscal third quarter compared to the prior year and reduced its financial estimate for the entire year. As opposed to its previous forecast of between 8% and 10% growth, Scholastic’s current estimate for revenue growth for the year is around 4%.