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    Commodity prices are once again reaching record highs, supported by a weak dollar and improving global demand, whether it be speculative or not.

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    The euro is gaining and stocks are following the single currency higher, but investors should avoid chasing the risk-on trade according to one analyst.

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    Following months of talks, Germany now appears ready to drop demands it has made in order to allow Greece to restructure its debt and prevent the government in Athens from running out of cash over the summer.

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    Investors should buy UK banks now while they are cheap as their share prices will rise significantly over the next two years, a report published by Societe Generale said; but other analysts contradicted this view because of the gloomy economic outlook.

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    Saudi Arabia's labor market is in sharp focus today following a report of a new policy that could serve as an expat time-bar in the kingdom.

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    European shares were set to open sharply higher on Tuesday, with a report saying Germany was considering making concessions to facilitate a new aid package for Greece seen lifting sentiment.

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    Cyprus has become the latest victim of the financial crisis in neighboring Greece after its credit rating was downgraded by ratings agency Fitch Tuesday.

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    Reports that Greece has not met any of the fiscal targets set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) as part of its 110 billion euros ($157 billion) bailout knocked down the euro Monday, as other countries in the euro zone are threatened with being dragged into the Greek morass.

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    European shares were set to open flat to slightly lower on Monday, tracking falls in Asia, with volumes expected to be thin as Britain's market was closed for a holiday.

  • WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: International Monetary Fund First Deputy Managing Director, John Lipsky prepares to speak at the Peterson Institute, on May 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Lipsky who is acting as Dominique Strauss-Kahn's replacement delivered this years annual lecture on global recovery and global cooperation. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    The IMF is sticking to a program that "does not contemplate" Greek debt restructuring, acting managing director John Lipsky told CNBC on the sidelines of the G8 conference in Deauville, France.

  • Demonstrators block a police car on the parking lot of the Madrid transport bus company during the general strike held in whole Spain in Madrid as unions launched a 24-hour general strike all around Spain to protest tough government labor reforms and austerity measures.

    The first thing Silvia Huelves was told when she started studying architecture was that she should take up Chinese or Japanese -- she was never going to build anything in Spain any time soon.

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    Despite "a machine gun" being taken to equity markets this year, the asset class' longer term poor performance has masked its considerable resilience, Guy Monson, fund manager at Sarasin & Partners, said.

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    Fears over the continuing European sovereign debt crisis and weaker than expected economic data from the US helped to push the price of US Treasurys up and take yields to a six month low on Thursday as investors looked for safety.

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    European shares are set to open sharply higher on Friday, mirroring gains in Asia and on Wall Street, with firmer commodity prices seen supporting miners and oils.

  • While markets have sold off in recent days on mounting worry that Greece and other peripherals might default on their debt, options investors have shown unwavering faith in Germany, the stalwart nation that's been pulling much of the region's weight.

  • BELGRADE, SERBIA - FEBRUARY 24: A Serbian Radical party supporter holds a photo of war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic at a rally in Belgrade February 24, 2006. A Serbian ultranationalist party on Thursday urged fugitive Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic not to surrender to the UN warcrimes court, despite mounting pressure on Belgrade to hand over one of the most wanted suspects of the Balkan wars in 1990s. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

    The arrest of war criminal Ratko Mladic, alleged architect of the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, tears down one of the remaining barriers preventing Serbia joining the European Union.

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    The Doha round of negotiations on world trade faces collapse unless world leaders can reach a final agreement to lift trade tarrifs before the end of the year, a new report by the governments of the UK, Germany, Turkey and Indonesia warned on Wednesday.

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    European luxury hotels recorded strong growth in 2010 which continued into the first quarter of this year, driven by travelers from outside Europe returning to the region, new research showed.

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    European stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Thursday, adding to the previous session's recovery rally, as a report that China is interested in buying "bailout bonds" for Portugal helped improve sentiment.