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    European stocks are expected to follow Asian markets and US futures lower at the open following Friday’s downgrade of US government debt by S&P but losses are likely limited by hopes the ECB will this morning move to buy Italian and Spanish debt.

  • Got whiplash? The euro is spiking on news of the European Central Bank's Italy support - for now.

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    After the Dow Jones fell by 500 points on Thursday, European indices also faced a sell-off at Friday's open.

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    The political theatre we have seen in the United States debt ceiling battle has now transferred across the pond in Europe. How Europe handles this though will be very different because of the diversity of the players. I caught up with Jim Rickards, Senior Managing Director of Tagent Capital Partners. Rickards is speaking at Gata Gold conference in London.

  • EU Leaders Under Pressure

    European Union leaders are under pressure to take action to stem the spreading debt crisis. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera with the details.

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    Investors should not sell into a selling climax, according to Jim Rogers, the CEO and Chairman of Rogers Holdings.

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    Is it time to buy gold or flee to cash? With all of the hyperbole in the market on Friday following the 500 point fall in the Dow Jones Industrial average on Thursday, and heavy selling in Asia and Europe Friday, the answer might be bottled water, tinned food and shovels.

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    The big ratings agencies have been blamed for much during the credit crisis, but they hadn't been raided by any of the countries they've threatened with downgrades, until Wednesday.

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    Following Thursday’s dramatic 500-point fall in the Dow and losses overnight across Asia, Europe’s stock markets opened sharply lower Friday but recovered some of their losses mid-morning.

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    Thursday's market sell-off, which saw a dramatic 500 point fall in the Dow, is just a case of market perception catching up with reality, the chief executive of one of Europe's biggest insurers told CNBC Friday.

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    We are approaching a “trouble Triangle” of problems that require the European Central Bank (ECB) to act swiftly to resolve them or risk a deep economic contraction, according to Ralph Silva, a Director at research group SRN.

  • Big Ben

    This week UK gilts featured prominently in the media when the 10-year yield dropped to its lowest levels in a long time. Is this is a vote of confidence in the UK economy? In a word, yes.

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    The euro will collapse as a currency unless lawmakers, and especially Germany, can agree a common European tax regime and restructure some sovereign debt, a leading market analyst told CNBC.com after the European Central Bank intervened in the markets.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    The European Central Bank is not worried about the health of the euro zone as a whole and it will stick to its role of fighting inflation, ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet told CNBC in an interview Thursday.

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    July's rate hike could well have been Jean-Claude Trichet's last as president of the European Central Bank, but markets will be watching for signals that the bank is preparing to take some role in future interventions in European markets, economists and analysts told CNBC.com.

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    European stocks are expected to recover some of the losses made earlier this week at the open as investors focus on the ECB’s reaction to the recent sharp rise in Italian and Spanish bond yields.

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    For Angela Merkel there are few things which are as set as her summer holidays. She always leaves Berlin for two weeks with her invisible husband for a hiking holiday in the Tyrol Alps.

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    What has become clear to anyone who is not actually running a euro zone member state or a central bank in Frankfurt is that reacting to yesterday’s crisis simply leads to tomorrow’s crisis.

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    In an interview with CNBC at the end of May the boss of Unicredit, Federico Ghizzoni, played down fears over Italian government debt and claimed his country's problem was not a huge external debt but a lack of growth.

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    Following a late selloff on Wall Street Tuesday and more losses for Asia on Wednesday, European stocks are expected to open sharply lower at the start of trade.