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Forex Flash: Italy bogged down in electoral stalemate – Westpac

The Italian elections mark an important step in the deterioration in European politics. The idea that Berlusconi was finished will now need to be rethought. The fact that Beppe Grillo commanded such a large part of the vote will emphasize just how deeply concerned Italians are by the kind of austerity that has been forced upon them by Monti’s technocrat Government. Financial markets will now have to take at face value the idea that the protest vote can actually attain an overall majority in some parts of Europe’s legislature. This is indeed a worrying development and one that should rattle financial markets for some time to come.
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US: Redbook Index rose 1.4% MoM

The Redbook index rose 1.4% MoM in the week ending on February 17th, rising 2.7% on a yearly basis, against previous prints at +1.5% and +3.1%, respectively...
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