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    The recent rally in stocks has run out of steam and there are no reasons for it to come back, two analysts told CNBC Thursday.

  • As talk of the United States' ability to keep its AAA rating resurfaced Wednesday, one analyst told CNBC that the impact could be prove a major drag on the strength of the dollar.

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    The European Central Bank will have to print and sell euros in the currency markets to alleviate the pain the strong single currency is causing to the euro zone, David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange strategy at HSBC told CNBC Tuesday.

  • The bear-market rally could continue for the next two or three weeks and investors should sell bonds and buy stocks in the short term, Roelof van den Akker, chartist at ING Wholesale Banking, told CNBC.

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    Danske Bank has access to fresh capital if economic conditions worsen, as recent commitments for a loan from the government would provide it with enough of a cushion, an analyst with financial services investment bank KBW told CNBC.com Monday.

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    The European Central Bank Shadow Council said it saw no need to set an interest rate floor at 1 percent, smashing official ECB proposals to prevent the rate from reaching 0 percent.

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    Austrian bank Erste Group sought Thursday to dampen fears that it faces heavy losses in Eastern Europe as it reported a 26 percent fall in first-quarter net profit as provisions for bad loans increased.

  • Swine flu could affect commodities prices, especially oil, as demand may shrink on fears of a further economic slump because of a worldwide epidemic, Eugen Weinberg, senior commodity analyst at Commerzbank, told CNBC.

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    The recent rise in stocks and talk about green shoots in the markets are optimistic assumptions, as the world downturn "still has a way to run," Hugh Hendry, Chief Investment Officer at Eclectica, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • "As the Fed and the BOE have become more sane by printing money the so called gurus like Soros and Buffett suffer a deficit of sanity. They are saying the actions of these central banks will lead to inflation. I contest that," Hugh Hendry told CNBC.

  • A Swiss court has increased the prison sentence handed to a former banker who broke the country's strict banking secrecy laws.

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    Swedish bank Swedbank reported Thursday a first-quarter net loss, disappointing analysts' expectations for a profit, due to large provisions for loan losses in its hard-hit Baltic operations.

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    The once-booming CEE is stealing the limelight again but this time for less palatable reasons. As one analyst put it, "Eastern Europe's problem is a greater weight on the Western European nations than the subprime is in the United States."

  • Financial Woes

    Toxic debts racked up by banks and insurers could spiral to $4 trillion, new forecasts from the International Monetary Fund are set to suggest, British daily The Times reported on its website without citing sources.

  • The rally in European stock markets is probably halfway through and it is not likely to last past April into May, Robin Griffiths from Cazenove Capital told CNBC.

  • The US dollar will remain the world's reserve currency for a while and it is probable that the world economy will start growing next year, with China, Brazil and India among the first to bounce back, billionaire investor and currencies expert George Soros told CNBC.

  • Why should we pay attention to four-and-a-half hours of debate followed by highly choreographed photo ops and a communiqué that most of us could have cobbled together on the back of a swanky hotel envelope?

  • The Norwegian kroner is "the best currency in the world" and certainly preferable to the US dollar, UK pound and other currencies where governments are practicing quantitative easing, David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange at HSBC, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Amidst investor uncertainty about Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s latest plans to rid banks of toxic assets, Dirk Becker of Kepler Capital Markets remains optimistic. He told CNBC that the plan may even make investment bank stocks a worthy investment.

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    Call it what you will: an act of rebellion; blind myopia; a cry for help … but I'm actually starting to believe in the global recovery story.