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  • Euro Debt Crisis & U.S. Markets

    A look at the European market rally and discussing whether the ECB will announce the amount of debt they will buy, with Marchel Alexandrovich, Jefferies International and Maury Harris, UBS Investment Research.

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    After a week that saw stocks fall heavily and euro zone borrowing costs rise sharply, a report in the Italian press highlighted just how eager for some kind of action the market is.

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    There will be huge opportunities for investors over the next 16 to 20 months because markets will soon reach a "cathartic moment" as they head towards total dire straits, a chief economist told CNBC.

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    Guess where we'll be getting our cues from this week. From the bond markets and the politicians! Tadaaa! Fantastic! So something new to look for then! Unfortunately...not the case. Glancing at the agenda, the most important political event to be aware of is the Euro group meeting of Finance Ministers on Tuesday.

  •  No Sign That Europe Will Fall Back Into Recession: ECB's Noyer

    Christian Noyer, governor of the Banque de France, told CNBC, " I don't believe that at all, I see nothing in the fundamentals of France that would warrant a significant change in the external assessment of its economy."

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    The funding hole for European banks is deepening following a sharp fall in bond issuance this year as market turmoil leads to a region-wide credit crunch, the Financial Times reports.

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    The stories that may well materialize in the next few weeks will be more heavily influenced by what happens this week to Europe's latest yield curve inversion, core bond rates, and policy announcements.

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    Shoppers may put traders in the mood to buy. Plus, retail sales, auto sales and the jobs report in the week ahead.

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    With talk of a possible euro zone breakup on the rise, here's way to value some possible outcomes.

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    The lamps of liquidity are going out all across Europe.

  • Italy's bond auction is a flop, and human currency traders haven't done much better - it's time for your FX Fix.

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    More and more analysts looking at the euro zone predict that another recession is inevitable, as banking sector tensions combined with political wrangling over the debt crisis will depress consumer confidence further.

  • Markets Don't Think in the Long-Term: Expert

    Mark Malloch-Brown, chairman of EMEA at FTI Consulting, "the absence of any credible short-term plan to stabilize the Euro is Merkel's big achilles heel."

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    The euro zone's "garlic belt" states (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) will have to endure deflation to catch up in competitiveness with the other, "butter belt" members, according to a report by research firm Smithers & Co.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speak at a meeting on debt crisis.

    The euro zone's formidable couple—Merkozy, as the media calls German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy—were on the brink of divorce more than once.

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    German Bunds extended losses on Thursday one day after a disappointing bond sale sparked fears the debt crisis was taking a toll on the euro zone's power house, but cheaper bond prices could lure investors back into the perceived safe-haven asset.

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    As Americans give thanks over the holiday table Thursday, nervous traders will be watching the developments overseas and will continue to do so in Friday's half day stock market session.

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    German bonds aren't selling, yields on Spanish and Italian bonds are squeezing, and the euro is showing the strain. Good thing someone's dispensing tough love.

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    One of the last remaining potential solutions to the Europe crisis—albeit a temporary one—is for the European Central Bank to aggressively intervene and start buying the sovereign debt of Europe's weaker countries.

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    In many ways, the answer to that question is, obviously yes.