FOLIGNO, Italy, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Market reaction to bank stress tests due to be announced by the European Central Bank on Sunday could be volatile because of the difficulty of interpreting the results, a senior official of Italian banking association ABI said on Friday.
DUBLIN, Oct 24 (Reuters) - European bank stress tests will find a capital shortfall of between 800 million and 1 billion euros at state-owned lender Permanent TSB (PTSB), the Irish Times reported on Friday without naming its sources.
PARIS, Oct 24 (Reuters) - The results of an extensive review of euro zone banks' finances due to be published at the weekend will restore credibility in the sector, Bank of France governor Christian Noyer said on Friday.
FRANKFURT, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Germany's financial watchdog expects there to be some "bumps" ahead of Sunday's publication of results of the European Central Bank's stress tests on the euro zone's 130 biggest lenders, Bafin President Elke Koenig told a German newspaper.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Thursday it would assume wider corporate bond spreads and a higher oil price in the most strenuous scenario it will use in next year's run of its annual check of banks' health.
* Upcoming bank stress tests keep investors cautious (Updates prices into close)
ATHENS/LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Greece's Alpha Bank has passed the European Central Bank's stress tests without requiring further capital, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
* Both banks should pass stress tests with ease - analysts (Rewrites, adds CFO comment, analyst)
* Upcoming bank stress tests keep investors cautious (Updates prices, adds quote)
FRANKFURT, Oct 23 (Reuters) - None of the 24 German banks taking part in stress tests led by the European Central Bank will need to raise capital in the next six to nine months as a result of the tests, daily Handelsblatt reported on Thursday, without naming sources.