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  • Electricity pylon pass the Ffos-Y-Fran opencast coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

    Global utilities have underperformed in 2012, but opportunities exist for investors in well regulated and politically stable regions, Per Lekander, analyst at UBS, told CNBC.

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    Directors often dole out personal safety perks to ease a chief executive’s tax bill. By classifying the benefits as security measures, the executives typically get a better tax treatment on the services.  It’s a common corporate tax trick. The New York Times reports.

  • Spain

    With its falling home prices and rising corporate and personal bankruptcies, Spain — whose economy is nearly five times larger than Greece — has now become the greatest threat to the global markets.

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    The outlook for stock markets is "more promising today than it was near the end of last year," and the bull market has a way to go despite the temporary "bump steer" caused by last Friday's dismal jobs report, a strategist told CNBC.com on Tuesday.

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    The U.S. dollar has had a great week, and this strategist thinks there is more to come.

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    This week's market action serves as a vivid reminder of how dependent valuations are on central bank policies, and especially the aggressive provision of liquidity by the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.

  • Spain the New Greece?

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera weighs in on Spain's debt to GDP ratio and what it means for the larger European debt crisis.

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    Anyone expecting the Bank of England to make a move on interest rate or monetary easing policy this month is guaranteed to be disappointed, economists have told CNBC.com

  • Although stocks closed down for the second straight day, Cramer on Wednesday called it nothing more than a “rain delay.”

  • Here's a simple strategy to play Friday's employment report using the euro and the dollar.

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    The negative market reaction to signs that the Federal Reserve is unlikely to take part in more quantitative easing soon has led to worries that the market rally will fade.

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    The euro is on a downward path against the dollar, though the pair are likely to remain in the same general range they have been trading in for the past two years, because the greenback is not necessarily a better currency.

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    When Lehman Brothers collapsed at the height of the financial crisis, JPMorgan Chase was at the center of the storm. The bank was a major lender to the firm, which filed the biggest bankruptcy in United States history. The NYT reports.

  • Cashin's Market Wisdom

    Arthur Cashin, UBS Financial Services, reflects on his time at Paine Webber, as it celebrates its listing 40 years ago.

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    Like a marriage that no longer works, the euro zone should accept its fate, split up and get divorced, according to Roubini Global Economics.

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    If the ongoing gas leak at French oil company Total’s Elgin-Franklin well is not brought under control, the firm could see its share price drop by 50 percent, according to Stuart Joyner, head of oil and gas at Investec Securities.

  • European Central Bank

    A clutch of Europe’s biggest banks are preparing to return a chunk of the cheap three-year funding they recently took from the European Central Bank as early as this year. The FT reports.

  • Money Match Up

    Crude falls 10 percent from its 52-week high on concerns about global growth and talk of a release from the SPR. The trade, with CNBC's Scott Wapner and the Money in Motion traders. Also, the case for Canada and the payroll playbook. With Joe LaVorgna, Deutsche Bank.

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    The euro zone gets a bigger firewall and the yen gets a year-end lift - it's time for your Friday FX Fix.

  • E.U.

    Spain was the first test of the euro zone's determination to impose tight discipline in its new fiscal regime, and it has failed, Juergen Stark, a former executive member of the European Central Bank's board, told CNBC on Friday.