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  • Gold, oil and copper prices still have room to increase because of the current turmoil in the Middle East, weak economic data from the United States and strong demand from emerging markets, Michael Widmer, metals strategist at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research told CNBC.

  • Buying Gold = Shorting Mankind's Wisdom: Analyst Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 1:43 AM ET
    Gold Bars

    Despite mankind's ability to adapt and invent new materials and make use of new resources, humans seem "hopelessly incapable of learning past wisdom and apparently doomed to repeat past follies," according to Dylan Grice, a research analyst at Societe Generale.

  • 'Ominous Sign' for Euro Zone Investors: Analyst Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 10:14 AM ET
    Euro coin in front of the giant symbol of the Euro outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank.

    Attempts by Germany to renegotiate the structure of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) just as markets believed things had been settled at the meeting of euro zone leaders last week are an "ominous sign," Simon Derrick, the head of research at Bank of New York Mellon, wrote in a market note.

  • Military Monetary Policy: Rebels Set Up Central Bank Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 7:12 AM ET

    Libyan rebels plan to set up a national oil company and central bank based in Benghazi as an alternative to the institutions of President Muammar Gaddafi, the Gulf newspaper The Nation reported Thursday.

  • The Euro Lacks a Stable Basis: Deutsche Bank Economist Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 6:45 AM ET
    Euro coins

    The euro does not have a stable basis even after the "Pact of the euro" agreed by leaders of the member states, Thomas Mayer, chief economist at Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Arc of Instability = $200 Oil Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 6:11 AM ET

    Satyajit Das, the author of "Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives," is not one of the world’s great optimists. But what is clear from his work is that he understands risk.

  • Time to Reduce Risk Exposure: Barclays Analysts Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 5:38 AM ET

    As investors increasingly shun risk, concerned over developments in the Middle East and Japan, which they fear could derail the recovery, analysts at Barclays Capital are also turning more bearish, advising investors to take positions that are more risk neutral.

  • Europe to Open Up Despite Portugal Woes Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 1:53 AM ET

    European stocks look set to open slightly higher on Thursday despite the resignation of Portugal's prime minister.

  • Japan Crisis Won't Derail ECB Rate Plans: Official Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The crisis in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of people will not have an effect on the European Central Bank's interest rate policy, Manfred Schepers, vice-president finance and chief financial officer for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, told CNBC.

  • Why Greece Can't Shoulder Debt, but Spain Can Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 3:33 AM ET

    Greece will have to restructure its debt, but Spain is out of the woods, according to former European Central Bank Board Member Otmar Issing.

  • Europe to Open Lower; UK Budget, Portugal Vote on Tap Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 2:00 AM ET
    A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European stocks are set to open slightly lower on Wednesday ahead of a range of events taking place in the region, the largest of them being the UK Budget and the Portuguese parliament's vote on the government's latest austerity measures.

  • As Big Vote Nears, Bailout Looms for Portugal Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 1:42 AM ET

    With Portugal’s main opposition Social Democrats (PSD) announcing they will vote Wednesday against a raft of new austerity measures proposed by Prime Minister Jose Socrates, analysts expect the country will have no choice but to seek a bailout from Europe.

  • Fed's Fisher Says He Is 'Concerned' by Inflation Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 12:00 PM ET
    Richard W. Fisher

    High commodity prices have an impact on general price inflation in the United States but there are also price pressures from imported goods, particularly from China, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher told CNBC Tuesday.

  • The Battle for Europe’s Economic Soul Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 6:19 AM ET

    A list of measures EU heads of state will likely sign off on later this week could very well entrench Germany’s strength at the heart of Europe and the weakness of those on the periphery. CNBC'c Patrick Allen comments.

  • Unchanged Open for Europe on Libya, Japan Worries Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 3:50 AM ET
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    European shares look set to open ever so slightly higher on Tuesday, following Asian stocks higher.

  • Forget Geopolitics, Watch the ISM: Strategist Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 2:03 AM ET

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  • Fears of Another Downturn Overplayed: Jim O'Neill Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 1:30 AM ET
    Anti-Gaddafi rebel runs away as smoke rises following an air strike by Libyan warplanes.

    Fears that the world economy is facing another downturn are being overplayed, despite the political upheaval caused by recent unrest in the Middle East and the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, Jim O'Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, said.

  • Egypt Stock Exchange To Re-Open as Chairman Resigns Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 11:04 AM ET
    Egyptian anti-government protesters wave a Tunisian flag along with national banners during continuing demonstrations in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square.

    Egypt's stock exchange will re-open Wednesday after being closed for more than seven weeks, a spokesman for the exchange said on Monday after the country's new Prime Minister accepted the resignation of the exchange's chairman.

  • History Shows Libya Unrest Could Help Dollar Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 6:00 AM ET

    Having analyzed the impact on the dollar of numerous wars and military interventions in the Middle East since 1973, Bank of New York Mellon is telling investors that the greenback should hold up well as the international community imposes a no-fly zone over Libya.

  • Europe to Follow Asia, Open Higher Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 3:13 AM ET

    European stocks look set to start the week in positive territory, following Asian shares that rose as investors digested the ongoing Japan nuclear crisis and unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.

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