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  • Fall in Commodity Prices Is Good: ECB's Trichet Friday, 6 May 2011 | 7:25 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The fall in commodity prices is a good thing for the fight against inflation and from the point of view of the recovery, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet told CNBC in an interview Friday.

  • Labor Market Will Trump Higher Gas Prices Friday, 6 May 2011 | 4:21 AM ET

    An improving labor market will offset the impact of higher oil prices and underpin stocks according to Kevin Gardiner, the head of global investment strategy at Barclays Wealth in London.

  • Europe Stocks to Open Lower; US Jobs Data in Focus Friday, 6 May 2011 | 2:11 AM ET

    European stock market futures pointed to a lower open on Friday as investors waited to see if other banks followed the example of Lloyds’ banking group as it set aside 3 billion pounds in impairment charges related to the mis-selling of payment protection insurance.

  • Qatar and UAE to Obtain Emerging Market Status? Friday, 6 May 2011 | 1:12 AM ET
    Souk Waqif at dusk Doha, Qatar.

    Part of the bet of investing in frontier markets is that they will eventually mature into emerging markets. And that may happen for a couple later this summer, analysts told CNBC.

  • Jim Rogers: Oil Price Will Keep Rising; Silver to Fall Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 8:07 AM ET
    Jim Rogers

    Oil prices are likely to continue rising because the world's oil reserves are dwindling, but silver is likely to come down as it rose too fast, famous investor and commodities bull Jim Rogers told CNBC Thursday.

  • Is Soros Right to Get Out of Gold? Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 6:22 AM ET
    Gold bars

    Major players, including George Soros, are reportedly pulling back from gold and silver has recorded yet another collapse.

  • Silver a Warning Sign for Everyone? Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 5:00 AM ET
    Silver bar and coins

    The price action in silver since late January has been dramatic to say the least. The derivatives marketplace CME Group raising margin requirements has been seen by many as the reason for the 20 percent correction in prices since the precious metal hit a record over $49 an ounce on April 28th.

  • Why Europe Should Accept the Possibility of Default Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 3:21 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    The European Central Bank decides on interest rates later Thursday, and while markets are looking for clues on what will happen next, more and more voices raise the possibility of debt restructuring in the euro zone.

  • Europe Shares to Rebound; Central Banks Eyed Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 2:00 AM ET

    European stocks were set for a slight rebound on Thursday after the previous session's sharp retreat but gains were expected to be limited.

  • Survey Reveals the Top Five Risks for Business Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 1:43 AM ET

    The uncertainty surrounding the stability of European nations in wider geopolitical concerns are the main challenges identified by business leaders in a report, which surveyed 1,000 professionals to determine the key factors affecting business sentiment.

  • America's Spend-less Recovery Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 12:52 AM ET

    Data on the health of the US economy is sending investors mixed signals but investors should be more worried about the weakness of the consumer than the strength being shown by the manufacturing sector according to Kevin Logan, the chief US economist at HSBC.

  • Bond Investors Should Revolt: PIMCO's Gross Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 6:13 AM ET

    The Co-CEO of bond giant PIMCO, Bill Gross, has warned investors that holding US Treasurys is an “abdication of responsibility” in his May note to investors.

  • Greek 'Soft Restructuring' to Precede 'Hard' One Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 4:32 AM ET
    Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou speaks during a press conference in the Finance ministry in Athens on February 24, 2011. Police clashed with protestors in Athens yesterday on the sidelines of a large demonstration on the year's first general strike against the debt-hit Socialist government's grueling austerity policies. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    A request for an extension to the repayment period on Greece’s bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union could be a precursor to the full restructuring of the country’s debt, analysts say.

  • Will Portugal Hit the 'Finnish' Line? Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 2:52 AM ET
    Finland

    Talks to form a new government in Finland, due to start later this month, will add to tensions in the peripheral euro zone debt markets, Richard McGuire Senior Fixed Income Strategist at Rabobank said.

  • Futures Point to Mixed Open Across Europe Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 2:01 AM ET

    European stock market futures pointed to a mixed opening on Wednesday as earnings season got properly underway and Glencore was expected to publish the prospectus for its much anticipated joint flotation on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.

  • Irish PM: Thanks Europe, Warns Bond Holders Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 12:49 AM ET
    Ireland and European Union

    Ireland’s new prime minister Enda Kenny has thanked both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet for their backing of the Irish people through the recent financial crisis.

  • Higher Rates Mean Severe Recession: Strategist Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 4:54 AM ET

    The world’s central banks are all considering whether it is time to end the ultra-loose monetary policies that have helped the global economy recover from the financial crisis but one strategist believes the tighter monetary policy can only lead to recession, and a severe recession at that.

  • End Game for China and US Economic Stand-Off Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 4:27 AM ET
    Great Wall of China

    China’s willingness to fund the US current account deficit in return for a market for its goods has been one of the defining economic relationships of our time but one analyst believes the monetary stand-off is approaching end game.

  • Gold vs Fiat Money: Picking a Winner Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 4:07 AM ET
    Gold

    Gold has been a major beneficiary of ultra-loose monetary policy over the last three-four years but with quantitative easing coming to an end, will the precious metal begin to loose its shine?

  • Oil Risk Premium Will End: Analyst Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 2:50 AM ET
    Oil Barrels

    Oil prices are heading back towards the $80 - $100 a barrel sweet spot which will boost oil stocks and take pressure off the global economy, according to Jens Zimmermann, a senior equity analyst at ABN AMRO Private Banking in Zurich.

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