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Shares in Monte dei Paschi suspended from trading after 23 percent drop

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Shares in Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena turned negative with the sector and were suspended from trading after a 23 percent drop.

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The stock rose as much as 26.5 percent on Tuesday after Italy's third-largest bank unveiled a turnaround plan under new chief executive Marco Morelli, capping a week of gains that has seen shares rally by 150 percent.

"The plan was well received but such a rally was unwarranted, it was just a matter of time before investors started booking profits and now they have started doing just that," a Milan-based trader said.

(Reporting by Valentina Za; editing by Agnieszka Flak)