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  • Entire EU Has Become PIIG: Trader Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 8:01 AM ET
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    As the crisis in the peripheral area of the euro zone threatened to drag Italy down further on Wednesday, the majority of the region now faces further contagion.

  • Irish Recovery Hampered by Moody's Downgrade Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 7:15 AM ET
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    The Irish economic recovery has been held back by credit ratings agency Moody's downgrading its rating to junk status, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said Wednesday.

  • 'Too Many Cooks' in Euro Debt Crisis: OECD Head Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 6:58 AM ET
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    Finding a solution to the euro zone crisis is such a complex task that investors, as well as many citizens of the European Union, have grown disgruntled with attempts to sort out the debt.

  • British Parliament to Vote Against Murdoch Deal Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 4:18 AM ET
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    The British parliament will unite on Wednesday to urge Rupert Murdoch to drop plans to further expand his media empire in a move unthinkable before a phone hacking scandal exploded just two weeks ago.

  • Is This the Beginning of the End for Euro? Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 4:01 AM ET
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    Experience suggests European politicians will struggle to agree on a deal that would actually draw a line in the sand of the entire euro zone debt crisis. Many blame their indecision for getting the euro in this position in the first place.

  • Does Italy Deserve Bond Vigilante Attack? Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 3:33 AM ET
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    Some ill-chosen words from Silvio Berlusconi about his finance minister and a warning from S&P have seen Italian bond yields soaring and investors across the globe beginning to fret over the world’s third biggest issuer of government debt.

  • Murdoch's British Titles: Who Would Buy? Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 1:41 AM ET

    Speculation has been building about who might want to buy the other newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in the UK, after the News of the World closure.

  • From Italy to the US, Utopia vs Reality Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 12:43 AM ET
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    In the euro zone, the fiscal crisis is lapping on Italy’s shores. In the US, the administration declares it will run out of funding early next month if the debt ceiling is not raised. Far fewer Europeans than Americans believe public sector defaults are beneficial, according to the FT.

  • Bernanke Testifies to Congress on U.S. Monetary Policy

    Traders will be tuned in to Bernanke's Senate testimony Wednesday to see what he says about the economy and any new stimulus measures. Don't get too excited about a QE3, one economist said — that was just the Fed thinking out loud.

  • Markets to Italy: It's Not About You Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 1:59 PM ET
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    Italian bond yields are up, stocks are down, and Prime Minister Berlusconi is vowing quick passage of an austerity plan. But the real problem is the euro.

  • Euro Is Punished, Yen and Swiss Franc Soar Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 9:57 AM ET
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    The euro takes a beating and the trade deficit dents the dollar - time for your FX Fix.

  • Markets Fear Fresh Banking Crisis: Analyst Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 6:10 AM ET
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    European banking stocks fell sharply Tuesday before starting to rebound, with Unicredit and Deutsche Bank among the top losers, on fears that sovereign debt crises in peripheral euro zone countries might spread.

  • Berlusconi Talks Italian Economy Into Big Trouble Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 4:49 AM ET
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    Late last week, Berlusconi managed to undo years of work aimed at keeping Italy out of the sights of the bond vigilantes when he was reported to have launched a scathing attack on his fiscally conservative finance minister, Giulio Tremonti.

  • Mamas and Papas Will Keep Italy Going: Italian Trader Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 4:46 AM ET
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    Italy's family savings will keep the country from defaulting, Alessandro Capuano, head of Italian desk at IG Markets, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Banks Look Like Tech Stocks Before Bust: Fund Manager Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 3:04 AM ET
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    European bank stocks are now trading like technology stocks did before the bust of the early 2000s, Peter Toogood, Director of Investment Services at Old Broad Street Research, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Debt Crisis Lost in Translation. Until Now Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 2:00 AM ET
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    After yet another midnight wait for a more or less cryptic "policy" statement by EU officials, CNBC puts together a translation of the hermetic euro policy language into plain English.

  • Greek Default May Be 'Inevitable': Soros Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 12:28 AM ET
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    Greece is heading for default, or at least a devaluation, and European Union (EU) leaders have to adopt a "plan B" to stem contagion to the rest of the bloc, billionaire investor George Soros said on Tuesday.

  • Henes: Rules of Debt Restructuring Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 3:55 PM ET
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    The Euro zone finance ministers are having a critical debt crisis meeting today. They are trying their best. But the situation is difficult and complex, both from a financial and political perspective.

  • Financials: Weak Q2 Results? Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 1:40 PM ET
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    An outlook on banking stocks and the impact of sovereign debt on the bottom line, with David Konrad, Keef, Bruyette & Woods, and Erik Oja, Standard & Poor's.

  • Euro Fatigue? Trade These Safe-Haven Currencies Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 1:02 PM ET
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    The ongoing crisis in the euro zone is creating a trading opportunity among safe-haven currencies, this strategist says.