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    European stock market futures pointed to a lower open on Friday as investors waited to see if other banks followed the example of Lloyds’ banking group as it set aside 3 billion pounds in impairment charges related to the mis-selling of payment protection insurance.

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    Part of the bet of investing in frontier markets is that they will eventually mature into emerging markets. And that may happen for a couple later this summer, analysts told CNBC.

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    Oil prices are likely to continue rising because the world's oil reserves are dwindling, but silver is likely to come down as it rose too fast, famous investor and commodities bull Jim Rogers told CNBC Thursday.

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    Major players, including George Soros, are reportedly pulling back from gold and silver has recorded yet another collapse.

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    The price action in silver since late January has been dramatic to say the least. The derivatives marketplace CME Group raising margin requirements has been seen by many as the reason for the 20 percent correction in prices since the precious metal hit a record over $49 an ounce on April 28th.

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    The European Central Bank decides on interest rates later Thursday, and while markets are looking for clues on what will happen next, more and more voices raise the possibility of debt restructuring in the euro zone.

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    Cash is seen by many in the asset management community as a cop-out, as those in search of return believe other assets will always outperform over time. But one strategist believes investors should think again.

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    European stocks were set for a slight rebound on Thursday after the previous session's sharp retreat but gains were expected to be limited.

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    The uncertainty surrounding the stability of European nations in wider geopolitical concerns are the main challenges identified by business leaders in a report, which surveyed 1,000 professionals to determine the key factors affecting business sentiment.

  • Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou speaks during a press conference in the Finance ministry in Athens on February 24, 2011. Police clashed with protestors in Athens yesterday on the sidelines of a large demonstration on the year's first general strike against the debt-hit Socialist government's grueling austerity policies. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    A request for an extension to the repayment period on Greece’s bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union could be a precursor to the full restructuring of the country’s debt, analysts say.

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    Talks to form a new government in Finland, due to start later this month, will add to tensions in the peripheral euro zone debt markets, Richard McGuire Senior Fixed Income Strategist at Rabobank said.

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    The problem facing euro zone policy makers as we head into what could be another eventful summer for the global markets is surprisingly simple, yet very unpalatable.

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    European stock market futures pointed to a mixed opening on Wednesday as earnings season got properly underway and Glencore was expected to publish the prospectus for its much anticipated joint flotation on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.

  • Ireland and European Union

    Ireland’s new prime minister Enda Kenny has thanked both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet for their backing of the Irish people through the recent financial crisis.

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    Oil prices are heading back towards the $80 - $100 a barrel sweet spot which will boost oil stocks and take pressure off the global economy, according to Jens Zimmermann, a senior equity analyst at ABN AMRO Private Banking in Zurich.

  • European shares were expected to fall on Tuesday after gaining for eight straight sessions, with a drop in commodity prices seen hurting mining and energy stocks.

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    European stock markets were indicated to open higher after news that Al Qaeda's leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.

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    Germany ends work restrictions on some citizens from the new, former communist European Union members torn between fears of a wave of immigration and hopes for help in its booming construction sector.

  • The Dow Jones has tended to stay rather flat on the seven previous occasions when there have been royal weddings, Chris Zwermann’s, global strategist at Zwermann Financial, told CNBC Friday.

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    Economic growth is not taking hold and current policy is insufficient, Moorad Choudhry, Head of Business Treasury, Global Banking & Markets at the Royal Bank of Scotland writes.