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  • Stocks Sink as Fitch Ratings Warns on Banks Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 4:35 PM ET
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    Stocks took a late slide after Fitch Ratings put out a report saying U.S. banks could take a big hit if Europe's debt crisis spreads.

  • Investors Too Worried About Europe: German Bank Economist Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 12:57 PM ET
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    “Everyone is too focused on Europe and the possibility (albeit very small in my view) of a Lehman-type of event,” says Joseph Lavorgna, a managing director at Deutsche Bank.

  • Merkel Praises Ireland, But Ireland Isn't Italy or Spain Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 9:38 AM ET
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    October Consumer Price Index fell 0.1 percent, a little lighter than expected, core CPI up 0.1 percent, in-line with expectations. Headline inflation now up 3.5 percent year over year (2.1 percent ex-food and energy), but the big worry: crude over $100. Headline CPI will not be so tame if that continues.

  • Markets Will Force the ECB to Buy Bonds: Analysts Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 7:03 AM ET
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    If the European Central Bank commits to a program to buy bonds from 'danger' states then the euro zone should stay intact, Patrick Armstrong, managing partner at Armstrong Investment Management, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • How Painful Would an Euro Zone Exit Be? Very. Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 4:44 AM ET
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    The euro crisis rumbles on.  Prime ministers are changing as a direct result of the currency’s troubles, although really what this illustrates is that the countries affected were already in a lot of economic trouble anyway; it’s just that their membership of the euro currency union speeded up the change in government.

  • Europe Must Not Allow Rome to Burn Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 12:52 AM ET
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    Confronted with turbulence in the provinces, the eurozone has sent in new governors. In place of the wayward George Papandreou, Greece now has Lucas Papademos, former vice-president of the European Central Bank. Instead of the unruly Silvio Berlusconi, Italy has Mario Monti, former head of competition policy at the European Commission, according to the FT.

  • Europe Facing Liquidity 'Meltdown': BlackRock's Fink Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 1:55 PM ET
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    Europe is "facing a meltdown in liquidity" affecting every member of the European Union except Germany, BlackRock CEO Lawrence Fink warned CNBC Tuesday.

  • Trouble Is Bonds, European Bonds Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 12:50 PM ET

    Another lackluster equities trading session on light volume. The issues: 1) Traders do not believe that movement on the political front in Italy and Greece will not translate into fiscal and structural changes in those countries any time soon.

  • ‘Hard Sell’ for Europe to Get China or Brazil Help Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 12:30 PM ET
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    Europe would find it hard to convince emerging markets such as Brazil or China to invest in a European bailout fund, a former European Commissioner warned on Tuesday.

  • 'Hard Sell' for Europe to Get China or Brazil Help Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 11:45 AM ET
    'Hard Sell' for Europe to Get China or Brazil Help

    "I think it's a pretty hard sell for Europeans to go to China or Brazil or Singapore or wherever and say, 'Hey guys, we've got this fantastic idea with you putting some of your money into a bailout fund that we're not prepared to put our money into," former EU Commissioner and Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten told CNBC.

  • Lack of Growth Is Killing Italy: Economist Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 5:52 AM ET
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    Italy will face a long period of no growth, leading to the erosion of its primary budget surplus, as an interim government starts the tough task of undoing Silvio Berlusconi’s legacy, George Magnus, senior economic adviser at UBS said on Tuesday.

  • Merkel's Leadership 'Like Captain of Titanic': Analyst Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 5:34 AM ET
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    The only real solution to the crisis currently dragging down the euro zone is the scrapping of the single currency, according to John Wadle, head of regional banks research at Mirae Asset.

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    There is no solution to the current debt crisis plaguing the euro zone, and it’s an illusion to think that one lies on the horizon, an economist told CNBC Monday.

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    Europe could keep markets on a short leash Tuesday.

  • European Debt Crisis: You Haven't Seen Anything Yet Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 1:22 PM ET
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    Though the daily market gyrations might indicate otherwise, realization is beginning to creep in that the European debt crisis and its effect on the U.S. will not take weeks or months to unwind—but years.

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    The changing of the guard at the top of Italy and Greece provided a small boost to markets Monday morning, but the new leaders have a long way to go to restore market confidence, investors warned Monday.

  • There Is ‘No Way Out’ for Europe: Economist Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 5:57 AM ET
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    There is no solution to the current debt crisis plaguing the euro zone, and it’s an illusion to think that one lies on the horizon, an economist told CNBC Monday.

  • Don't Blame Capitalism - Blame Selfish Prats Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 12:44 AM ET
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    If we’re not to blame capitalism for the current wave of dissatisfaction, who are we to blame? Selfish prats. They can be found across the political spectrum and in all socio-economic groups. They make poor decisions and screw stuff up for everyone else.

  • Fiscal Austerity Will Weaken EU Economy: Analyst Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 | 9:00 PM ET
    Fiscal Austerity Will Weaken EU Economy: Analyst

    Stephen Halmarick, head of investment markets research at Colonial First State Global Asset Management, says that change of political leadership in Greece and Italy is promising, but Europe has a long way to go before achieving some kind of stability.

  • Even as Governments Act, Time Runs Short for Euro Sunday, 13 Nov 2011 | 1:09 PM ET
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    The window of opportunity to save the euro is rapidly closing, as the sovereign debt crisis erodes the solvency of Europe’s banks and drives up borrowing rates for even once rock-solid countries like France.