May 23, 2012
Greece’s financial stability fund approved an 18 billion euro ($23 billion) injection of capital into the country’s four biggest banks on Tuesday and will release the funds on Wednesday, a fund official said.
At the same time, news reports quoted former Greece Prime Minister Lucas Papademos as saying that preparations for the country’s exit from the euro zone are being considered.
Papademos said such a move was unlikely to materialize but the risk is real.
US stocks  took a dive in the last hour of trading Tuesday, clipping a two-day rally, following the remarks from Papademos.
The euro extended losses against the U.S. dollar to trade more than 1 percent lower in late afternoon trade on Tuesday, which traders attributed to Papademos’ comments.