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  • Gold & Silver Outlook Bullish Despite Record Run Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 3:37 PM ET

    Continued violence and unrest in Libya and other oil producing countries are being cited as reasons for record high prices in gold and multi-decade highs for silver.  Experts say geo-political and economic factors favor even higher prices ahead for the precious metals.

  • US Housing Recovery Hurt by Unrest in the Middle East Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 11:19 AM ET
    Mortgage application

    You probably don't think of unrest in the far away Middle East as having anything to do with the housing market here in the U.S. You should. The weekly mortgage applications say it all.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Oil & Gold Soar Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities Tomorrow: Oil & Gold Soar

    Electronic trading and geopolitical risks drive commodities prices higher. CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses oil and gold's new highs, as silver hits its highest price in 31 years.

  • What Can Banks Do With $30 Billion in Libya Funds? Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 3:43 PM ET
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

    The news that the Libyan government had $30 billion worth of cash and securities in US financial institutions has set off a scramble on Wall Street to comply with President Obama’s executive order freezing the funds.

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    Look for Mideast rumors and speculation to continue to drive oil price swings, says CNBC's Sharon Epperson. Traders don’t have time to research reports and the actual supply impact. That’s up to journalists and analysts.

  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad-Off World Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 2:24 PM ET
    Charlie Sheen

    With Charlie Sheen, Moammar Gaddafi, Bernie Madoff and now fashion designer John Galliano, we are being bombarded with a global epidemic of nutjobs. What's going on?

  • So, When Will the Egypt Stock Exchange Open? Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 11:10 AM ET
    Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate at Cairo's Tahrir Square after president Hosni Mubarak stepped down.

    Officials say that trading on the Egypt stock exchange will resume on Sunday and will take measures to prevent a huge selloff as soon as the bourse reopens. It's unrealistic to think that those steps will prevent panic-selling, Yousef Gamal El-Din writes.

  • Dollar Losing Safe Haven Appeal Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 5:22 AM ET

    A flight to the dollar usually accompanies increased risk aversion. This time, though, while the traditional havens of the Swiss franc and the yen have benefited, the US currency has suffered. The FT reports.

  • Middle East in Crisis: a Worst-Case Scenario Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 3:00 AM ET
    An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt.

    The Middle East crisis will lead to an 'energy shock' for the West, increasing stagflation, David Murrin, author of "Breaking the Code of History" and hedge fund manager, said.

  • The Big Freeze Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 3:51 PM ET
    The Big Freeze

    The U.S. Treasury has announced it's freezing a whopping $30B in Libyan assets, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

    If you're looking for a news story containing the name of the Libyan leader you may be in for a challenge: The spelling of 'Gaddafi' across news outlets has been as erratic as his recent behavior.

  • Gaddafi Wants to Abolish Switzerland Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 9:48 AM ET
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

    Switzerland has also moved to freeze the assets of the Libyan regime. But it seems unlikely that Colonel Gaddafi and his cronies would be stashing their wealth in Zurich these days.

  • Oil Supply-Side Shock Would Hurt: Economist Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 8:35 AM ET
    Oil Rig

    There is rarely a happy ending when the price of crude jumps sharply, Stephen King, the chief economist at HSBC in London, said.

  • BENGHAZI, LIBYA - FEBRUARY 25: Libyans protest demanding the removal of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi following Friday prayers on February 25, 2011 in Benghazi, Libya. Benghazi residents mourned more victims of the violence as fighting continued around the capitol Tripoli.

    Oil prices are likely to extend last week's gains despite assurances from de facto OPEC leader Saudi Arabia that it's willing and able to meet any supply shortfalls from Libya, according to the latest CNBC market sentiment survey.

  • Stanford, Libya Connected Through Alleged Ponzi Scheme Saturday, 26 Feb 2011 | 2:23 PM ET
    Allen Stanford on a hospital trolly after being assaulted by jail prisoners.

    The Libyan government's sovereign wealth  fund invested some $500 million with Stanford but the deal feel apart when the SEC charged Stanford of running a $7 billion ponzi scheme. Libya may have managed to withdraw much of its Stanford investment.

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    Thursday's violent swings in oil prices put in a "blow off" top for WTI crude, and the market is in a neutral zone with a bias is to the upside, said oil analyst Mike Fitzpatrick.

  • Oil Traders Brace for Upside Risk on Mideast Turmoil Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 4:53 PM ET
    A commodities trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Oil prices for the most active Brent and WTI crude contracts are still up over 10 percent since last Friday — and there's no sign that Mideast  turmoil will cease over the weekend. So oil traders are bracing for more — perhaps much more — upside risk.

  • Ferry Evacuating Americans Reaches Malta Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 4:26 PM ET
    Protests in Libya

    After three days of delays, a U.S.-chartered ferry evacuated Americans and other foreigners out of Libya on Friday and brought them to the Mediterranean island of Malta.

  • Signal & Noise in the Energy Markets Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 3:11 PM ET

    Teasing out short term trading noise from durable economic news is tricky business.

  • BlackRock's Doll Says Worst May Be Over Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 1:02 PM ET

    "When people don't know, they hunker down and own less risk," the equity strategist said. "If you think more of this is coming, you sell some stocks, buy some Treasurys, and buy some gold...and I wouldn't make that trade."