The move caused a jump in bank shares - Deutsche Bank was up 3.6 percent but the biggest gains were among ailing Spanish banks, which some had feared would struggle to meet the new cash requirements. Bankinter was up 7 percent and Banco Popular was 4 percent higher.
The subdued mood in the broader markets was also seen earlier in Asia. The Nikkei in Tokyo fell 0.8 percent to close at 10,599.01.
The Hong Kong Hang Seng was nearly unchanged at 23,329.75. South Korea's Kospi lost less than 0.1 percent to 2,011.25. Benchmarks in Singapore and Taiwan fell while mainland Chinese shares rose. Weakness in Australian's resource sector sent the S&P/ASX 200 in Sydney 0.1 percent lower to 4,717.30.
South Korean and Taiwanese companies that were fined by China last week for fixing prices of LCD display screens saw their stocks tumble Monday. Taiwan's AU Optronics Corp. fell 5.1 percent. HannStar Display Corp. fell 4.7 percent. South Korea's LG Display fell 2.6 percent.In commodity markets, the benchmark crude oil contract for February delivery was 45 cents lower at $92.64 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 17 cents to close at $93.09 in New York on Friday. In currencies, the euro fell to $1.3041 from $1.3072 late Friday in New York. The dollar dropped against the Japanese yen, to 87.88 yen from 88.13 yen. ___ Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this report.
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