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  • 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.

  • Chance of Euro Death up 50%: Economist Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 5:30 AM ET

    Economists at Capital Economics are predicting it is more likely the euro zone will break up than survive.

  • Week Ahead: Stocks Could See Bigger Earnings Season Pop Saturday, 10 Jul 2010 | 9:03 AM ET
    A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange executes a trade with his NYSE E-Broker.

    Second quarter earnings season is likely to create a positive backdrop for stocks, at least temporarily.

  • Friday Look Ahead: Focus on Earnings Could Help Stocks Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 10:19 PM ET
    NYSE trader

    Shopping for any excuse to rally, stock traders found it in chain stores' sales, and those reports may provide a clue to the earnings season.

  • Commentary: European Stress Tests Remain Unclear Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 4:00 PM ET

    It remains unclear how the assets on European banks’ balance sheets will be marked down under various stresses. So, will there be a need for significant capital at European banks and if the stress tests are deemed worthy, will that allow those banks to raise the necessary capital?

  • Wall Street sign

    Some traders were encouraged by Wall Street's gains but also cautious that the third up move in a 12-day stretch was the result of an oversold bounce that could quickly evaporate in the next volatile session

  • Richard W. Fisher, president of the Federal Bank of Dallas

    The US government has inhibited economic growth by creating uncertainty about business costs, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher told CNBC. Questions about healthcare expenses, for instance, have kept businesses from hiring new workers, he said.

  • Why No One Wants to Hold Banks: Strategist Wednesday, 7 Jul 2010 | 5:14 AM ET
    Swiss Bank

    Upcoming stress tests in Europe are just one more reason not to hold banking stocks at the moment, according to James Chappell, a financial sector strategist at Olivetree Securities.

  • Banks Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Bail Out: Roubini Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 | 8:26 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    Europe  faces the quandary of being unable to afford to bail out banks that are still considered too big to fail, while the global economy is heading for a slowdown economist Nouriel Roubini told CNBC.

  • Week Ahead: Stocks Oversold, but Is Fear Overdone? Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 7:30 PM ET

    Friday's disappointing June jobs number was the latest in a series of downbeat economic reports that have some economists looking to downgrade their growth forecasts to even more sluggish levels.

  • If the European banks get credible stress tests and people believe in them, there will be "earning power," H. Rodgin Cohen said, adding, "once there is credibility, you can raise capital."

  • Crescenzi: The Flat Treasury Yield Curve Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 9:55 AM ET

    The flattening of the yield curve has been the worst kind, because it has been a “bull flattening,” which is a flattening that occurs amid a decline in market interest rates on both ends of the yield curve. In contrast, a “bear flattening” occurs amid an increase in market interest rates.

  • Unemployment line

    The June jobs report Friday could provide more fuel for bears, even as economists hold onto the view that the economy is not double-dipping.

  • Farrell: No Double Dip Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 11:42 AM ET

    At least I'm hoping there is no double dip. Data on capital investment and personal income has been encouraging but I think we are in a bearish frame of mind so that gets somewhat ignored. The negative gets emphasized when your mind set is that way.

  • Thursday Look Ahead: Markets Sour Ahead of Jobs Report  Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 7:12 PM ET
    Out of Work

    Markets are looking ahead to Friday's June employment report, and there is little optimism the number will show anything more than a slight gain.

  • Farrell: The Market is Screaming, Are You Listening? Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 10:25 AM ET

    With the two year Treasury bond trading below .6% at one point on Tuesday (a record low) and the 10 year Treasury below 3%...market is screaming the world economy is slowing, slowing, slowing.

  • NYSE trader

    Call it window 'undressing.' Stocks took a beating in the second quarter, and the final days are bringing out the worst.

  • Double-Dip Trade Is Probably Overdone Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 5:13 PM ET

    Stocks took a real drubbing today, with the Dow off 268 points and the major indexes basically falling 3 percent. Call it the double-dip trade. But are we really heading for a double-dip recession?

  • Farrell: The G20—What Were They Thinking? Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 11:20 AM ET
    US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Toronto

    The G-20 is full of nutso coaches. Not to belabor the point, but their manifesto at the end of the conference this past weekend was to promote "growth friendly budget cutting." Right.

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