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    The Chinese market may receive a boost on Friday, after the People's Bank of China announced a surprise 25 basis point rate cut.

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    China’s interest rate cut is big news. But it is only the beginning. China is moving from economic reforms to financial deregulation – faster than expected.

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    Stimulus hopes lift the euro and China's rate cut makes the Aussie jump - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • BlackRock CEO on Political Roadblocks

    "Politics is playing a much more substantial role in the direction of the marketplaces." says Laurence Fink, BlackRock chairman & CEO, discussing the shape of the global markets; the strength of the U.S. economy; and making the case for investing in stocks.

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    The price of the world’s most important oil benchmark is being boosted by South Korean refiners buying on the back of a tax loophole involving North Sea oil, the Financial Times reports.

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    Trading in the Chinese market is likely to remain cautious ahead of key May industrial production data due for release on Saturday.

  • Should the US Help Europe?

    Gillian Tett, Financial Times managing editor and John Rutledge, Rutledge Capital chairman, discuss the debt crisis in Europe and the outlook for global growth, amid fears of a slowdown in China.

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    Despite market speculation that China’s central bank may cut interest rates soon, strategists in the region tell CNBC that such a move is unlikely as recent economic data do not point to a huge slowdown to warrant aggressive monetary easing.

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    Australia’s economy expanded at its fastest pace in over four years in the first quarter, boosted by strong household consumption growth, but strategists say they are doubtful the “lucky country” will be able to extend elevated levels of growth in the coming quarters as spending moderates.

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    If all goes well in the euro zone, what's the best that could happen?

  • U.S. to Europe's Rescue?

    In an exclusive interview, Bill Clinton told CNBC's Maria Bartiromo that the IMF should not come to Europe's aide just yet. CNBC's Steve Liesman & Rick Santelli weigh in.

  • CHina Stocks

    The China market may be due for more downside after the benchmark Shanghai Composite suffered its worst fall so far in 2012, losing 2.73 percent to 2308.55 on Monday.

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    The price of copper will stay above $8,000 this year despite a slowdown in China, the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, according to Kemal Bagci, director at RBS Markets.

  • Australia Treasurer Wayne Swan

    Australia's Treasurer Wayne Swan says the government's plan to bring the country's budget back to surplus gives the central bank flexibility to cut interest rates. Speaking before the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) interest rate decision later on Tuesday, Swan's words could add pressure on the RBA to cut rates.

  • Jim Cramer

    The "Mad Money" host decides to break down the two possible worst-case scenarios investors he thinks the U.S. could face in 2012.

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    The China market may be due for more downside after the benchmark Shanghai Composite suffered its worst fall so far in 2012, losing 2.73 percent to 2308.55 on Monday.

  • Beijing, China

    By maintaining a moderate rate of growth and not promising a huge stimulus the Chinese government has shown that it is not being “hijacked by the markets,” Steven Sun, HSBC’s Head of China Equity Strategy said Monday.

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    As data from China and the U.S. showed the global economy slowing sharply, the head of the World Bank warned that the summer of 2012 is looking like an “eerie” echo of 2008, when a collapse of the U.S. mortgage market led to the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

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    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is widely expected to lower interest rates by 25 basis points to 3.50 percent at its next meeting Tuesday, however, slowing housing and retail sectors could push the central bank into a more aggressive rate cutting cycle with the market expecting up to 165 basis points in cuts over the year.

  • Jobs & Presidential Politics

    Friday's dismal jobs numbers spilled over into Sunday's talk show circuit. CNBC's John Harwood reports on the political sparring now taking place in Washington, DC and its impact on the upcoming election, with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo and Jim Cramer.