Monte Paschi shares halted for excessive losses

MILAN Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:34pm EST

The main entrance at the Monte dei Paschi headquarters is seen in Siena January 20, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

The main entrance at the Monte dei Paschi headquarters is seen in Siena January 20, 2012.

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MILAN (Reuters) - Shares in Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI) were suspended from trading on Tuesday morning for excessive losses following a press report about a loss linked to a derivative contract.

By 0855 GMT the stock was indicated down more than 5 percent at 0.278 euros.

Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano reported on Tuesday that a derivative contract designed by Nomura for Italy's third-biggest lender will register a loss of 220 million euros in the bank's results for 2012.

A spokesman for Monte dei Paschi declined to comment.

Nomura was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting By Danilo Masoni; editing by Stephen Jewkes)

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