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  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Financial markets may have taken a pause Monday after the violent swings of Friday, but it was only to let investors position themselves for a Middle East crisis that's unlikely to go away soon.

  • Fear has taken a grip over the markets as images of rioting in Egypt dominate television screens and headlines.

  • "DRJ" explains what this heavy options activity says about the emerging markets.

  • The Egyptian ETF: A Cautionary Tale Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 1:17 PM ET

    After a delay this morning, the Egyptian ETF—the Market Vectors Egypt Index opened up 5 percent. While this is a good sign, traders should approach the interpretation of this trading with great caution.

  • Egypt is going to face some serious issues with its growth, David Dorsey, who runs the Middle East business for Alden Global Capital, said Monday.

  • Egyptians Running Out of Food Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 12:17 PM ET
    Egyptian demonstrators demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, gather around the national television building guarded by members of the Presidential guard in Cairo on January 28, 2011.

    Food stocks in Egypt are running dangerously low.

  • Suez Canal: Turmoil Could Boost Shipping Industry Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 12:12 PM ET
    An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt.

    If political unrest in Egypt causes the Suez Canal to be closed, it could have positive consequences for shippers and US oil refiners, Morten Arntzen, president and CEO of Overseas Shipholding Group, told CNBC Monday.

  • Egypt Sends Message to Leaders, and Markets: El-Erian Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 12:08 PM ET
    Pimco co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian

    Turmoil in Egypt has sent a message to rulers through the region that they need to get "ahead of the curve" or face similar destabilizing problems, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.

  • Egypt: A Real Reason for Investors to Shed Risk? Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 11:35 AM ET
    People carry the coffin of Egyptian demonstrator Mustafa Samer, during his funeral in Cairo on January 29, 2011.

    The "Fast Money" traders caution against selling stocks on Egyptian unrest and flag two signs that could spark a sell-off.

  • On the Scene in Cairo: No Business, Just Tension Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 10:52 AM ET

    As the seventh day of protests continue in Egypt, business is at a standstill, tourists and foreign students are abandoning the country and Cairo is at the mercy of vigilantes, CNBC reports.

  • Greenberg: Why Investors Should Skip the Middle East Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 10:51 AM ET

    There are a handful of ETFs with exposure to Egypt and Mideast, but their trading volume is ridiculously thin with little in the way of assets under management.  And in the world of investing, thin equals dangerous because stocks can rise and fall in big swings on little volume.

  • Busch: Egypt's Risk for Bernanke and Fed Policy Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 10:10 AM ET

    From riots to tighter monetary policy, food inflation will continue to drive global instability. Watch to see if foreign politicians and central bank governors begin to ramp up their criticism of the US Federal Reserve monetary policy that is perceived as a cause of the global inflation.

  • Egyptian Stocks Face Another 10% Plunge Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 8:44 AM ET

    The Egyptian stock market will likely tumble another 10 percent before investors put some cash in and try to stage a rally, after which the benchmark index could regain a third of its losses, according to historical trends, Robin Griffiths, technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC Monday.

  • Protests in Egypt Expose Rift Between Rich and Poor Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 7:36 AM ET
    Egyptian demonstrators shout slogans next to burning police vehicles in Cairo on January 28, 2011.

    Some accuse the Mubarak government of deliberately fanning class tensions to create demands for the restoration of its brutal security state. But such resentments have built up here for nearly a decade. The NYT reports.

  • Egypt Protests Negative for Growth: Nouriel Roubini Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 6:15 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini guest hosts Squawk Box on CNBC.

    Risks that the troubles in Egypt may spread have increased and the uprisings have a negative effect on growth, as well as contributing to higher prices, economist Nouriel Roubini said.

  • European Shares Set to Fall on Egypt Worries Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 2:13 AM ET
    Traders sit in front of their screens at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European shares were set to fall on Monday as concerns grew the Egyptian anti-government protests could spark instability elsewhere in the Middle East.

  • Egypt Woes Bring Global Food Inflation Fears to Fore Sunday, 30 Jan 2011 | 9:37 PM ET

    Egypt's leadership uncertainty is bringing another major economic story — global food inflation — to the fore as a key geopolitical event.

  • Protestors stand with a soldier as he waves an Egyptian flag on an army tank in Tahrir Square on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.

    The U.S. dollar is finding a firmer footing in a flight-to-safety play and may do so as long as Egypt remains in turmoil. The path after that, however, is less clear.

  • Egyptian demonstrators demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak throw fire bombs at police in Suez on January 27, 2011.

    Unrest in Egypt has replaced Europe's debt crisis as a flash point for markets, and any unfolding developments there will no doubt affect trading in the week ahead.

  • Stocks End Down More than 1% on Egypt Woes Friday, 28 Jan 2011 | 5:01 PM ET
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    Stocks closed near session lows as civil unrest in Egypt sparked widespread selling that pushed the S&P 500 down nearly 2 percent and broke an eight-week winning streak for the Dow. Microsoft and Home Depot sank.