Italian bonds hit key 7% mark

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  • This level prompted International bailouts for Portugal and Ireland
  • Bond yields hit 6.77% on Tuesday
The yield on Italian bonds rose above 7% on Wednesday, the level at which other countries have had to seek international bailouts.
The 7% level isn't an automatic trigger, but it is the level that prompted International bailouts for Portugal and Ireland.
On Tuesday, they spiked to 6.77% after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won the budget vote but lost his majority in Parliament.