Economic Regions The European Union

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    The worst is over for China’s commercial real estate industry and the government’s policy to provide more credit for private firms should help the sector, Zhang Xin, Chief Executive Officer of SOHO China, the largest property developer in Beijing said.

  • 5-Star Investing in the U.S. Market

    Markets are trending down after yesterday's huge spike. Michael Cuggino, Permanent Portfolio Family of Funds, and George Young, Villere Balance Fund, weigh in.

  • Betting on the European Banks

    Insight on how U.S. hedge funds have been making money on the European banks, with Chris Wheeler, bank analyst at Mediobanca.

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    The European Union’s efforts in establishing a permanent rescue fund to prevent financial risks is ‘laudable’ and have boosted market confidence in the region, China’s Vice-Premier Li Keqiang said.

  • Spain

    Spain should be restructuring its debt right now, Matthew Lynn, founder of Strategy Economics, told CNBC's "European Closing Bell," suggesting a 50 percent haircut on Spanish sovereign debt holdings now in order to get the country back on track.

  • Growing Trend of April Was Fear And Trepidation: Trader

    Kevin Ferry, Cronus Futures Management, offers insight on what drove market movements in April. "The only thing that did good in April is the bond market," he tells CNBC's "Squawk Box."

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    The old adage of "sell in May and go away" applies this year just like it did in previous years as problems that plagued the economy in recent years remain unresolved, Richard Cookson, global chief investment officer at Citi Private Bank told CNBC.

  • Demonstrators shout slogans against government's recent austerity economy measures during a protest in Athens.

    Thousands of Greek workers were expected to protest austerity cuts as part of annual May Day rallies on Tuesday, days before a national election that risks derailing an international bailout keeping Greece afloat.

  • David Cameron

    While the French presidential elections are drawing the attention of most in Europe, local elections in the UK, though unlikely to change the shape of Britain’s coalition government, could put pressure on its economic policy.

  • Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    Euro zone policymakers should take a leaf out of the Federal Reserve's book when it comes to stimulating growth, as the rift between the world's two largest economies widens, according to analysts.

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    Having witnessed weak data reignite fears over global growth and the euro zone debt crisis stock investors could be forgiven for deciding to book first quarter gains and sell in May. In 2010 and 2011 a strong first quarter of the year was followed by heavy selling but one analyst believes this will not happen again in 2013.

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    European banks need bail-ins rather than bailouts of fresh capital, as the European Central Bank’s liquidity operations come to an end, according to ratings agency Fitch.

  • Francois Hollande, Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, speaks in a gymnasium during a visit on January 29, 2012 in Paris, during the traditional Chinese New Year festivities in the French capital.

    Hedge fund managers make for unlikely supporters of François Hollande, the French socialist presidential candidate, the Financial Times reports.

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    Consumer sentiment will remain weak across the euro zone as the region grapples with austerity, rising unemployment and the specter of recession—apart from Germany, where the economic fundamentals are underpinning a rise in consumer spending, Bob Parker told CNBC.

  • Spain

    Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services announced on Monday that it had lowered the credit rating of 16 Spanish banks. The downgrade came ahead of an announcement of Spain’s first quarter GDP figures, which showed the country had fallen back into recession.

  • Spain

    Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets of Spain’s capital on Sunday to protest against new austerity measures that will hit health and education benefits.

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    The array of people — from finance guys, to school teachers, to film producers, to specialists in aging well, to government officials (foreign and domestic) — is really extraordinary.

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    The U.S. economy "looks healthy and is in pretty good shape" compared with other developed countries, despite data showing cooling growth in the first quarter, hedge fund investor Barton Biggs told CNBC Friday

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    Standard & Poor’s ratings agency denied on Friday it had not taken into account the recent reforms Spain had announced when it downgraded the country for the second time this year, saying Spain’s weaker-than-expected economic outlook and rising risks in the banking system had added to concerns and prompted the downgrade.

  • Spain

    Spanish banks are facing a “tragic” situation, and there should be no complacency about their problems, according to Bill Blain, a senior director for the Special Situations Group at UK brokerage Newedge.