Reports are out that parties in Greece have finally agreed to a debt and austerity deal that will allow it to get its bailout funding and to remain part of the Euro. This is great news on the surface, but the market investors are not exactly climbing all over each other to load the boat on Greek trading. Maybe the moves to watch are in the Euro currency because the ADRs are just not really moving.
National Bank of Greece (NYSE: NBG) is up 1% on its ADR trading in New York to $3.96 this morning. Keep in mind that this has already more than doubled from the $1.64 low that was seen as recently as January 10, 2012. Not a year ago.. a month ago.
And the Greek stock market ETF, the Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (NYSE: GREK) has not even yet traded this morning and it has extremely thin volume even during the trading day. Shares closed Wednesday at $19.16 and its post-launch range has so far been $12.70 to $19.54.
The Rydex CurrencyShares Euro Currency (NYSE: FXE) is up by 0.15% at $132.21.
As far as other “pro-Euro” trading ADRs, we are only seeing mixed action on that front as well:
Alcatel-Lucent SA (NYSE: ALU) is up 1.5% at $1.98 but that may be after a Cisco earnings report (although Cisco is indicated lower).
Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB) is trading up 1.2% at $46.82 in New York.
Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: STD) of Spain is trading down 0.5% at $8.71 in active pre-market trading.
Great news may finally be here, but the market has been expecting a deal or has at least been trying to come up with a fair market value around the issue of “Greece, or no Greece…”
As always, until a deal is signed this may be hearsay. Future politicians may also not choose to live up to the agreements. Sad, but possible.
JON C. OGG