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  • Watch Out for Sovereign Default in Disguise: Analyst Thursday, 26 Aug 2010 | 6:08 AM ET

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  • France's Sarkozy Unveils G20 Leadership Agenda Thursday, 26 Aug 2010 | 4:41 AM ET
    Nicolas Sarkozy, President-elect France

    Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday set out his agenda for France’s forthcoming presidency of the G20 group of leading economies, proposing measures to reduce currency fluctuations, curb commodity speculation and speed up reform of international institutions.

  • The Return of Greek Tragedy Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 | 2:25 PM ET

    Economist Joseph Stiglitz warned that Europe is at risk of going into a double-dip. Meanwhile, Greece's 10-year climbed 30 basis points to 10.55 percent causing renewed concerns about the health of its economy. For right now it looks like the European recovery is showing signs of weakening and possibly sliding back.

  • Euro Zone Austerity Takes Toll on Growth Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 | 6:01 AM ET
    Euro coins

    The euro zone’s growth spurt lost momentum this month, as an expansion in output in Germany and France failed to make up for a near standstill elsewhere, the FT reports.

  • Western Economies Face Hyperinflation: Gold Bull Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 8:09 AM ET
    Gold

    The decline of the Western economic model will bring about hyperinflation and decades of painful readjustment, Egon von Greyerz, founder of gold investment intermediary Goldswitzerland.com told CNBC Thursday.

  • Bernanke May Be More a 'Moderator' Than a Leader Tuesday, 10 Aug 2010 | 9:40 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The blame for the uncertainty that surrounds Tuesday’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee should perhaps be placed on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's leadership style, or lack of it.

  • If Fed Decides to Ease, Will Others Follow? Tuesday, 10 Aug 2010 | 3:33 AM ET

    If the Fed opts for quantitative easing, it may force the hands of other major central banks to be even more doveish.

  • The mid-summer rally is over and stocks will begin a downward leg before bottoming in October, as the world economy is in what looks like a Great Depression, Robin Griffiths, a technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC Monday.

  • West Is Halfway Through 20-Year Decline: Chartist Monday, 2 Aug 2010 | 8:56 AM ET

    The West is only half the way through a 20-year secular downturn that will not end until the children of the US baby boomers begin to flex their financial muscle in about 10 years time, according to Robin Griffiths, a technical strategist at Cazenove Capital.

  • Behind Greek Confidence, Still Fears of Collapse Friday, 30 Jul 2010 | 5:52 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    Behind the revival in confidence in Greece lurks fear things could still fall apart, the Financial Times reports.

  • Spain Jobless Rate up to 20.09 Percent Friday, 30 Jul 2010 | 4:50 AM ET
    Spain

    Spain's unemployment rate rose to a 13-year high of 20.09 percent in the second quarter, the government said Friday, as the job market lagged behind an economy that has barely managed to break out of recession.

  • Debt-Laden Belgium's Finances Questioned Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 2:38 AM ET

    The solidity of Belgium’s public finances was called into question on Tuesday after an independent budget watchdog challenged the government’s tax revenue forecasts and warned of higher budget deficits.

  • Durable goods orders for June due Wednesday could have as much directional sway with stocks as the flood of earnings news coming from companies like Boeing, Conoco Phillips and Comcast.

  • Investors Drawn to Rallying European Banks Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 3:51 PM ET

    Does the price action on major banks in Europe tell investors that the continent is now not a threat to risk appetite and that Wall Street can mount a sustained rally without a repeat of May’s negative blow-up?

  • Wall Street

    Earnings news Tuesday may again be the catalyst for a stock market that's showing improving technical strength.

  • S&P Heading to 1155 then 940 by October: Charts Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | 4:10 AM ET

    Despite the recent rally for equities across the world, the bonds are winning the battle for investors' cash and will continue to do so according to Robin Griffiths, a technical strategist at Cazenove Capital.

  • With the European bank stress tests out of the way, investors may shift their focus to what's got the stock market perking up in the last couple of days.

  • 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.