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  • UBS Says Cleaning Up Its Act After Libor 'Shocker' Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 2:54 AM ET

    UBS has yet to fully purge itself of a global interest rate scandal that has put it at risk of a wave of costly civil suits, its investment banking chief said on Wednesday.

  • We'll Cut Costs to Survive: Sainsbury CFO Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 2:28 AM ET

    Supermarket chain Sainsbury plans to combine cost cuts with expansion in 2013, CFO John Rogers told CNBC Wednesday, with the group determined to lure more cash-strapped consumers to its mid-range supermarkets.

  • Why This May Be the Week the ECB Cuts Rates Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 2:06 AM ET
    Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank

    A growing number of economists predict the European Central Bank’s rate-setting committee will vote to cut interest rates again at Thursday’s meeting.

  • A New Year, a New Central Bank Policy Angle? Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 1:45 AM ET

    Central bank monetary policy has always focused on inflation. Or has it?

  • Business Leaders Warn Cameron on EU Exit Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 1:44 AM ET
    David Cameron

    UK business leaders, including Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and WPP chief executive Martin Sorrell, warned Prime Minister David Cameron in a letter to the Financial Times on Wednesday that he risks hurting Britain's businesses if he proposes to exit the European Union.

  • Rising Bond Yields—This Is Just the Start Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 10:50 PM ET

    Brighter U.S economic prospects, a 'fiscal cliff' deal and the idea that the end is in sight for a period of ultra-easy monetary policy have sent government bond yields racing higher at the start of the year. And this is only the start, analysts say.

  • Is HSBC's Exit From Ping An in Jeopardy? Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 6:20 PM ET
    Peter Ma

    HSBC's sale of its $9.4 billion stake in Ping An Insurance to Thailand's CP Group has been thrown into jeopardy after state-run China Development Bank (CDB) voiced concerns over funding for the deal, sources told Reuters.

  • Prosecutor to Open Tax Probe on French Budget Minister Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 10:36 AM ET

    The Paris Prosecutor's office said on Tuesday that it was opening a preliminary investigation into French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac over allegations that he had an undisclosed bank account in Switzerland.

  • Delta Airlines baggage tags are affixed on the handle of luggage on December 11, 2012 in Manchester, England.

    Virgin Atlantic said American Airlines executive Craig Kreeger would become its next CEO as the British carrier looks to make a success of its transatlantic joint venture with Delta Air Lines.

  • 'Dr. Doom' Sees Possible 10% Gold Correction Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 8:36 AM ET
    Marc Faber

    Marc Faber told CNBC on Tuesday that he owns gold as an "insurance policy" despite a possible correction.

  • How to Play Earnings Season in Europe Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 8:24 AM ET

    Investors had one eye on the start of the earnings season in the U.S., but strategists said Europe's own earnings season could throw up a few surprises.

  • Ireland Raises $3.3 Billion in First Issue of 2013 Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 7:30 AM ET

    Ireland sold 2.5 billion euros ($3.3 billion) of debt on Tuesday, raising a quarter of the 10 billion euros it aims to borrow in 2013 ahead of a planned exit from its EU/IMF bailout.

  • Time to Bet on Exit of Socialist Strongman Chavez? Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 6:28 AM ET
    Hugo Chavez wins election.

    Speculation that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is no longer fit to govern the oil-rich country has pushed Venezuelan bond prices to record highs.

  • Business Morale Improves, but Unemployment at High Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 5:16 AM ET

    Morale among businesses in the euro zone improved again in December, but the unemployment rate reached a new record and households held back from spending in the run-up to Christmas, suggesting the bloc's emergence from recession will be slow.

  • Greece is Delivering on Reforms: PM Samaras Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 5:13 AM ET
    Antonis Samaras

    Greece is delivering on tough economic reforms, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Tuesday during a visit to Germany.

  • Vodafone Shares Rise on Verizon Sale Talk Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 5:00 AM ET
    Verizon

    Shares in Vodafone rose almost 3 percent on Tuesday after its partner in U.S. joint venture Verizon Wireless said it would be "feasible" to buy out the British group in what would be one of the biggest corporate deals ever.

  • Goldman Sachs Says Buy Megafon—Despite IPO Snub Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 4:59 AM ET

    Megafon’s $1.7 billion share offering raised eyebrows last year when Goldman Sachs pulled out as lead bookrunner close to launch – but the investment bank has now issued a “buy” rating on the stock.

  • Silvio Berlusconi

    Silvio Berlusconi withdrew as candidate for Italy's premiership on Monday as the price of a pact with the devolutionist Northern League that could prevent the formation of a stable government after next month's election.

  • Is This the Year the Euro Crisis Ends? Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 7:50 PM ET

    The euro zone crisis is over – that is, if you choose to believe Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Sterling to 'Lose Contest of Uglies': HSBC Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 8:18 AM ET

    With fears over the U.S. "fiscal cliff" calmed and the euro zone debt crisis having abated somewhat, there is pain coming for sterling this year, according to HSBC's currency strategist.

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