BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- The last trading week in June is kicking off to a rocky start, with markets pointed considerably lower on Monday. No great surprise, we've got the eurozone to thank for investors' hitting the "risk off" button today.
Spain needs money to recapitalize its banks, it seems. The kingdom formally asked for up to 100 billion euros from European stability funds this morning, a move that signals that things are still very bad over at the region's fourth-largest economy. This week is going to be full of headline risk from the EU. Leaders are meeting on Thursday for a two-day summit that's meant to shore up eurozone banks. If leaders can come up with an elegant solution for the debt crisis, investors will probably start buying with both hands again; if they can't, expect that "risk off" button to stay pressed.
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