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  • Stock Headwinds Should Keep Investors on Defensive Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 4:48 AM ET
    Tobacco

    Buying defensives that make cash and hand money back to shareholders via buybacks and dividends is a popular strategy at the moment, as macro headwinds keep the bulls at bay.

  • Greek Restructuring: Off the Table, Not Off the Menu Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 4:06 AM ET

    The complexity of European politics should prevent any reprofiling of Greek debt this year, according to a political analyst, but markets are still waiting for any sign of a prospective default.

  • Will Silver Shine Brighter? Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 3:41 AM ET
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    There’s been a lot of attention paid to more glamorous and expensive gold, but could silver prices be about to have a resurgence?

  • IMF Not Paying Greek Tranche Seems Certain: Report Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 3:16 AM ET
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen in Washington, DC.

    It seems certain the IMF will not pay its share of an aid tranche to Greece at end-June but the global lender is seen taking part in a new programme, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday without quoting any sources.

  • New Greek Plan the Same as Failed Old Greek Plan Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 3:00 AM ET
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    Confidence in the new plan to save Greece is misplaced according to Carl Weinberg, the chief economist at High Frequency Economics.

  • Strongest Case for Stocks – No Alternatives Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 2:47 AM ET
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    The strongest case for stocks is a lack of alternatives but investors should be prepared for setbacks and get into defensive shares like consumer staples and healthcare as global growth has peaked, according to Philipp E. Baertschi, the chief strategist at Sarasin in Zurich.

  • Europe Shares Seen Mixed After Tuesday's Rally Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 1:53 AM ET
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    European shares were set to edge up on Wednesday, adding to gains in the previous session, and after a rally on Wall Street, though renewed worries about the US economy and caution ahead of employment data were expected to limit the upside.

  • Greece: Tax Cuts or Crackdown on Tax Cheats? Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 1:45 AM ET
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    As the race for a new bailout for Greece continues, one of the main bones of contention between opposition politicians and the Greek government is tax.

  • Central Europe Stock Exchange Looking to Buy: CEO Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 12:45 AM ET
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    The CEE Stock Exchange Group, consisting of the Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana and Prague stock markets, is interested in buying more stock exchanges in the region, Michael Buhl, CEO of the CEE Stock Exchange Group, told CNBC.com in an interview.

  • Weak Dollar, Strong Demand Revive Commodity Bull Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 8:13 AM ET

    Commodity prices are once again reaching record highs, supported by a weak dollar and improving global demand, whether it be speculative or not.

  • Forget Risk On, Stay Defensive: Analyst Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 7:19 AM ET
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    The euro is gaining and stocks are following the single currency higher, but investors should avoid chasing the risk-on trade according to one analyst.

  • EU Set to Kick Greek Can a Little Further Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 7:13 AM ET
    A man walks outside the Bank of Greece headquarters during a demonstation against government's austerity measures in central Athens.

    Following months of talks, Germany now appears ready to drop demands it has made in order to allow Greece to restructure its debt and prevent the government in Athens from running out of cash over the summer.

  • Are UK Banks Healthy or Not? Analysts Clash Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 7:03 AM ET
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    Investors should buy UK banks now while they are cheap as their share prices will rise significantly over the next two years, a report published by Societe Generale said; but other analysts contradicted this view because of the gloomy economic outlook.

  • Wheat Slips as Russia to Resume Exports Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 6:11 AM ET
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  • Saudi Arabia May Call Time on Expatriate Workers Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 5:30 AM ET

    Saudi Arabia's labor market is in sharp focus today following a report of a new policy that could serve as an expat time-bar in the kingdom.

  • Will the Egypt Stock Market Rally Continue? Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 3:55 AM ET

    The pledge that emerged from the G8 summit in Deauville sees international development banks supplying $20 billion in aid to Tunisia and Egypt for 2011-2013. That is in addition to bilateral support.

  • European Stocks to Open Higher; Greece Talks in Focus Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 2:41 AM ET
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    European shares were set to open sharply higher on Tuesday, with a report saying Germany was considering making concessions to facilitate a new aid package for Greece seen lifting sentiment.

  • Cyprus Rating Downgraded Due to Greek Exposure Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 1:43 AM ET
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    Cyprus has become the latest victim of the financial crisis in neighboring Greece after its credit rating was downgraded by ratings agency Fitch Tuesday.

  • Markets Fret About Euro 'Slow-Motion Car Crash' Monday, 30 May 2011 | 5:37 AM ET

    Reports that Greece has not met any of the fiscal targets set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) as part of its 110 billion euros ($157 billion) bailout knocked down the euro Monday, as other countries in the euro zone are threatened with being dragged into the Greek morass.

  • European Markets to Open Lower, Debt Fears Persist Monday, 30 May 2011 | 1:54 AM ET

    European shares were set to open flat to slightly lower on Monday, tracking falls in Asia, with volumes expected to be thin as Britain's market was closed for a holiday.

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