Fitch Ratings said that its latest European fixed-income investor survey clearly captures rising worries about the eurozone. The results of the quarterly survey, which was conducted in April, are published today.

"Respondents signaled intensified concern over developed market sovereign issuers, with the proportion expecting significant credit deterioration nearly doubling from the previous quarter to 19%," says Monica Insoll, managing director in Fitch's credit market research group. "Expectations for financial institution credit strength also deteriorated, partly driven by concerns relating to the impact of new regulation."

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