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Markets crash as banks and energy fall

City bookmaker has today seen clients come out in force with an increasing number betting that the share prices of UK banking stocks will fall.

Ryan Kneale, Market Analyst at commented:
"Taking HSBC for example, of all the bets taken on them today a staggering 79% of them are betting that their share price will fall further."

Ryan added:
"The major European indices were down around 2% at midday as rumours of more write downs in the banking sector gathered steam. Elsewhere previously buoyant commodity stocks have also taken a hit as traders concerned with the inflationary impact of rising commodity prices have begun selling literally everything."

Notes to Editors
The Sentiment Index fluctuates between 0 and 100 as financial punters become more bullish or bearish. It is based on the total monetary value of bets made on the markets to rise versus fall. A value of 50 can be regarded as 'normal', meaning that there are equal amounts of money being wagered on markets to rise and fall. A value of 100 would mean that 100 per cent of clients were betting on the markets to rise and vice versa for a value of 0. The index is calculated on bets from a broad range of stock markets to give a macro level view on traders' sentiment.

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