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    The complexity of European politics should prevent any reprofiling of Greek debt this year, according to a political analyst, but markets are still waiting for any sign of a prospective default.

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    It seems certain the IMF will not pay its share of an aid tranche to Greece at end-June but the global lender is seen taking part in a new programme, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday without quoting any sources.

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    Confidence in the new plan to save Greece is misplaced according to Carl Weinberg, the chief economist at High Frequency Economics.

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    The strongest case for stocks is a lack of alternatives but investors should be prepared for setbacks and get into defensive shares like consumer staples and healthcare as global growth has peaked, according to Philipp E. Baertschi, the chief strategist at Sarasin in Zurich.

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    European shares were set to edge up on Wednesday, adding to gains in the previous session, and after a rally on Wall Street, though renewed worries about the US economy and caution ahead of employment data were expected to limit the upside.

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    As the race for a new bailout for Greece continues, one of the main bones of contention between opposition politicians and the Greek government is tax.

  • Stop Trading! Cramer Sounds Off on Goldman & Germany

    CNBC's Jim Cramer says he had no idea Goldman Sachs was involved with Libya; and Germany could crimp its own growth by going with alternative energy.

  • Markets Higher on Greece Bailout Hopes

    Discussing whether it makes sense for the markets to rally on hopes of a Greece bailout, and poor economic data, with Richard Madigan, JP Morgan.

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    Keeping in mind that the words “hope” and “Greece” should almost never be used in the same sentence, here would be the one exception: Let’s “hope” markets aren’t rallying on “hope” for “Greece.”

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    Germans are caving and Russians are raising - rates, that is. Time for your daily FX Fix.

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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.