Markets slide despite Greek pro-bailout vote

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Financial markets inititally rallied on results of elections in Greece, but fizzled on worries about the euro zone's future.

European and Asian markets opened higher Monday after the Greek legislative election Sunday handed victory to a center-right party, New Democracy, that supports Greece staying in the currency union. That had eased fears that the country will leave the euro and unleash further turmoil on the beleaguered single currency.

But by midmorning, Europe had given up those gains, with major indexes down from Friday's close, and the focus shifting back to the problems of Spain, whose banks are heavily exposed to loans which have lost much of their value because of the country's real estate crash.

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