The European Union


  • Stress Tests Show Regulators Won't Clobber Banks Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 2:49 PM ET
    European Central Bank

    Today’s stress tests of European banks did not weigh as heavily on markets as many expected. Despite skepticism about the criteria of the tests—assuming no chance at all of a sovereign default—and the conclusions—only seven banks flunked—the market seems to accept the conclusion by bank regulators that Europe’s banks are not as sick as feared.

  • Tests Don't Hold Up To 'Kick It, Punch It, Poke It' Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 2:11 PM ET

    Former Bank of England Policy Maker David Blanchflower tells CNBC Europe's stress tests do not hold up to his kick it, punch it, poke it methodology.

  • Map of Europe

    Most of the largest European banks, are well capitalized but these results "can't begin to tell the full story," Cohen said.

  • EU Banks Seek Funds Ahead of Stress Tests Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 11:04 AM ET

    Three European banks have revealed capital-raising plans  before the results of stress tests were due to be made public, the FT reports.

  • Investors shouldn't take the European Union's bank stress test results at face value as the figures may not be telling the whole truth, Ralph Silva, director of Silva Research Network, told CNBC ahead of the test results Friday.

  • NYSE trader

    Wall Street will be closely watching the results of the European bank stress tests on Friday even as the deluge of earnings continue.

  • How The Tests Work And What They Measure Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 9:40 AM ET

    Forget about stress tests as a way of gauging the health of Europe's banking sector. Instead you should look to the biggest-spending soccer team, according to Jim O'Neill, chief global economist for Goldman Sachs.

  • NYSE traders

    Fresh economic data Thursday could feed the market's phobia about a weaker economy, ahead of another round of testimony from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

  • National Bank of Greece Will Pass Tests: Chairman Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 10:25 AM ET

    The National Bank of Greece is confident it will pass the European Union stress tests and is not looking for an increase of capital or a merger at the moment, its chairman told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Apple proved once more its iProducts make for a powerful earnings machine, but that may not add much juice to tech shares Wednesday.

  • IBM's disappointing second quarter results will compete with a barrage of corporate earnings reports ahead of Tuesday's opening bell.

  • The market is set for a strong earnings season with corporate guidance giving a clear indication that surprises will be on the upside, according to Saxo Bank.

  • Farr: Inflation versus Deflation Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 11:28 AM ET
    Gold coins and bar

    We believe the Fed has a much firmer appreciation of the risks than the Japanese ever did. We believe that the Federal Reserve is fully engaged and is more concerned about the threat of deflation than inflation.

  • Sunny Outlook for Stocks this Summer: CIO Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 3:58 AM ET

    This will still be a sunny summer for stocks, according to the chief investment officer of Swiss private bank Sarasin, Burkhard Varnholt.

  • Earnings releases from J.P. Morgan and Google book end the trading day Thursday and could provide some more juice to the market's earnings rally.

  • Eleven Banks Will Fail EU Stress Tests: Strategist Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 8:20 AM ET

    Eleven banks including Germany's Commerzbank and Italy's Banco Popolare will fail the European Union's stress tests, Alessandro Roccati, director at Macquarie Securities, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Why Portugal Downgrade Didn't Slam Stocks Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 9:18 AM ET

    Investors do not see Portugal's rating downgrade by Moody's as an event that will shake the markets, but it confirms the fact that the outlook for the euro zone is still cloudy.

  • UK Banking Chief Warns of Regulation Risks Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 5:37 AM ET

    There are risks associated with imposing regulation on London banks without the rest of the world following suit, the head of the British Bankers Association Angela Knight told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Moody's Cuts Portugal Rating by Two Notches Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 3:52 AM ET

    Moody's slashed Portugal's credit rating by two notches to A1, citing a deterioration of the country's debt ratios and weak growth prospects, the ratings agency said Tuesday.

  • EU Under Pressure to Finish Setting Up Bailout Fund Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 12:17 PM ET

    European officials are under pressure to finish setting up their bailout fund for indebted governments before next week's publication of bank stress test results, which could highlight new financial strains.

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