Spain, Italy cap European shares on Greek nerves

lunes 2 de febrero de 2015 11:11 GYT

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By Francesco Canepa

LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Spanish and Italian shares led European equity indexes lower on Monday as investors grew more worried about the possible ramifications of Greece's debt negotiations for the rest of the euro zone periphery.

In its first week in office, Greece's new government has made clear it wants to end the existing arrangement with the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund "troika" when its aid deadline expires on Feb. 28.

Investors had taken the view that the impact of a Greek crisis could be contained. But the prospect of tough negotiations between Greece and its lenders is starting to sour appetite for assets in countries such as Spain and Italy, where anti-austerity parties have also gained popularity.

Analysts at Goldman Sachs wrote on Monday they were withdrawing their preference for Italy's FTSE MIB index and Spain's Ibex, which were down 0.7 percent and 1.7 percent at 1509 GMT, over the STOXX Europe 600.

"We recommend closing tactical pro-cyclical exposures in peripheral ... equities (overweight MIB and IBEX vs. SXXP) until more clarity emerges about the direction ongoing negotiations between the new Greek government and the European authorities are taking," they said in a note.   Continuación...