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  • Europe Stocks to Open Flat; Irish Stress Tests Eyed Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 1:55 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 were indicated to open flat on Thursday after ending the previous day at a three-week high, with investors watching for the results of Irish bank stress tests, due to be released later in the day.

  • UK's Cameron Wants Europe to Choose Growth  Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 1:49 AM ET
    David Cameron

    David Cameron is to write to European Union leaders urging them to adopt a British plan for growth, at a time when some officials fear he is in danger of being sidelined in a two-speed Europe, the Financial Times reports.

  • Busch: Your Next Move With the Yen Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 12:13 PM ET
    Yen coins and banknotes

    On March 18th, I put out a recommendation for a US dollar against Japanese yen trade and the reasons for it. Now that the yen has weakened, here's your next move.

  • Farrell: Obama, Gadaffi and Merkel's Spanking Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 11:24 AM ET
    Middle East Turmoil

    The President delivered an excellent speech Monday night on the situation in Libya. He covered the reasons, thoughts, negotiations with allies etc. that explained very well why he took the action he did. You actually didn't need to watch the speech. You don't even have to read the transcript today. All you have to do is look at where the story is positioned in the papers to see how good it was.

  • Europe Shares To Shrug Off Downgrades, Open Up Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 1:49 AM ET

    European stocks are set to open higher on Wednesday, despite ratings downgrades for Portugal and Greece.

  • VIX Shows Investors Are Upbeat; But They Shouldn't Be Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 1:35 AM ET

    Perhaps we were wrong to cite the CBOE's VIX contract as a good indicator of market volatility? Recent events, including on-going military action in Libya and the Portugal sovereign debt crisis, would have suggested that the market should sell off on greater uncertainty, and yet the VIX fell from 29 last week to 17 today. Are investors becoming more sanguine about these issues?

  • The 'Grand Bargain' Is Just a Start Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 11:43 PM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    Will the euro zone survive its crisis? That was the question I raised three weeks ago. My answer was: yes. My argument was that economic self-interest and political will would combine to preserve the common currency, in spite of the difficulties, Martin Wolf from the Financial Times writes.

  • Picking a Winner When Everyone's 'Ugly' Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 5:11 AM ET

    What do you do when the ugly get uglier and you are looking for a profit in the currency markets?

  • Trading the Euro and the Wall of Worry Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 3:49 AM ET
    Euro bills and coins

    Like stocks, the euro has so far this year shrugged off the so-called wall of worry. Concerns that the likes of Greece, Ireland or Portugal could default have not led to euro losses.

  • Will Dangers Spoil Markets' Party Mood? Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 3:20 AM ET
    Question Marks

    The current market environment reminds me of the movie “Wayne’s world” that I saw longer ago than I care to remember. The party mood on the markets just continues in the face of clear and present dangers.

  • European Stocks Indicated To Open Higher Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 2:33 AM ET
    annuities

    European shares were indicated to open slightly higher Tuesday, with worries about Japan's nuclear crisis and Middle East unrest still running high.

  • Portugal Wants To Be EU's Florida, Not Alabama Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:06 AM ET
    Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates speaks during a press conference at Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon. Socrates warned his political opponents not to provoke a political crisis over planned austerity measures to solve the country's debt crisis.

    Portugal's central bank on Tuesday releases its projections for the country's economic outlook and investors are likely to watch closely for changes in the growth forecast, as the country has been plunged in a political crisis because of its austerity measures.

  • Busch: Fed Talk = Dollar Rally? Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 12:13 PM ET

    I'm looking to see if we get the same consistent message from members of the Federal Reserve: the economy has recovered, there are risks to the current monetary policy and there needs to be an explicitly stated "exit" program.

  • Merkel's State Defeat Could Bring Uncertainty Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 8:20 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    The heavy and humiliating defeat for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's collation in regional elections on Sunday is unlikely to derail parliamentary support for euro zone rescue measures but may bring uncertainty in financial markets, according to an analysis by Barclays Capital.

  • European Shares To Open Lower as Oil Falls Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 2:34 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 were indicated to open lower Monday, after a defeat of Angela Merkel's conservatives in a regional stronghold and with oil prices slipping.

  • Unilever in ‘Dim Sum’ Bond Move Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 2:17 AM ET

    Unilever is set to become the first European multinational to launch an offshore renminbi-denominated “dim sum” bond when it raises Rmb300 million ($46 million) from institutional investors in Hong Kong on Monday, bankers say, reports the Financial Times.

  • No Looniness for the Loonie—or the Euro Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 7:58 PM ET

    From Portugal to Ireland, nothing has dented the euro's surprising strength. And in Canada, even a no-confidence vote hasn't jarred the Canadian dollar. Here's how to trade them.

  • US Consumers Warm Up to Luxury Again Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 11:52 AM ET

    There is one market, far away from Asia, which may surprise in 2011: the USA, according to Frederic de Narp, CEO and President of diamond giant Harry Winston.

  • Europe Watch     Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 9:06 AM ET

    CNBC's Guy Johnson has the detail on Portugal likely to hold off on a bailout request until June.

  • European Markets     Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 6:08 AM ET

    CNBC's Guy Johnson takes a look at the markets in Europe and highlights the EU meeting.