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  • The Dow's record high feels "eerily similar" to the market's peak in mid-2007 before the global financial crisis, Albert Edwards, the London-based global strategist at Societe Generale, known for his famously bearish stance on equities, said on Thursday.

  • No Hard Landing for Luxuries in China: Pro Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 9:29 AM ET

    Fears that demand for luxury goods in China is slowing as growth in the country weakens are mere exaggeration and paranoia.

  • ECB's Draghi: Gradual Recovery in Second Half Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 8:44 AM ET
    Mario Draghi

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi called on euro zone governments to implement structural reforms on Thursday, warning that the economy should stabilize later in 2013 but that downside risks to growth remained.

  • Berlusconi Sentenced to Jail in Wiretap Trial Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 8:14 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    An Italian court sentenced Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday to one year in jail over the publication by his newspaper of a transcript of a leaked wiretap.

  • David Cameron

    Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that the Bank of England had to play its part in getting Britain's economy growing and said the government must curb spending and borrowing.

  • Why US Gas Exports Will Shake Up Global Market Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 6:32 AM ET
    Men work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pa.

    Despite objections, the U.S. is heading down the road to export natural gas, and that could ultimately help shake up world energy markets.

  • Monte Paschi Shares Halted; Spokesman Found Dead Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 6:28 AM ET
    The headquarters of the Monte Dei paschi di Siena bank

    Trading of shares in Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena has been suspended mid-day Thursday. The stock price rose 7.4 percent, after initially declining on news its head of communications had been found dead.

  • Bank of England Fails to Expand Asset Purchases Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 6:04 AM ET

    The Bank of England kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.5 percent and kept the size of its asset purchase program at 375 billion pounds on Thursday.

  • Aviva Shares Tumble 12% as Insurer Slashes Dividend Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 5:41 AM ET
    Aviva, Britain's largest insurance company's logo is pictured at their office's in London.

    Aviva, Britain's second-biggest insurer, cut its dividend by over a quarter to provide extra funds for a turnaround strategy aimed at bolstering capital and profit. The company's shares plunged 12 percent on the news and the stock was the worst performer on the FTSEurofirst 300.

  • French Unemployment Hits Highest in 14 Years Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 5:24 AM ET
    Paris, France

    France's jobless rate rose further in the last three months of 2012 to its highest since the second quarter of 1999, showing the challenge the government faces as it seeks to make good on a goal to reverse the upward trend by the end of the year.

  • Credit Boom Warning Sign? Buybacks Hit $1 Trillion Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 4:22 AM ET

    Corporate buybacks have surpassed the $1 trillion mark for the first time since 2009, a sign the credit boom is reaching new heights, according to one chief market strategist.

  • Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

    Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena is seeking damages of at least 1.2 billion euros ($1.56 billion) from two former executives and investment banks Nomura and Deutsche Bank over derivative trades, a judicial source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

  • Carrefour

    Carrefour, Europe's biggest retailer, said it would boost capital spending this year to revive its struggling hypermarkets after 2012 profits fell 2.6 percent, depressed by falling demand in recession-hit Spain and Italy.

  • Europe Moves Towards Swiss-Style Executive Pay Curbs Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 10:30 PM ET

    European officials, emboldened by a victory over banker bonuses, will propose legislation this year giving shareholders voting rights to challenge executive pay.

  • Barclays on Bonus Caps: We Don't Need Rules Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 10:04 PM ET

    We don't need regulation on executive compensation to demonstrate responsibility, Rich Ricci, the chief executive of corporate and investment banking at Barclays told CNBC on Thursday.

  • BP Fights Off Up to 50,000 Cyber-Attacks a Day: CEO Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 5:40 PM ET

    At the IHS CERAWeek Conference in Houston on Wednesday, CNBC spoke to BP CEO Bob Dudley about the persistent cyber threats that companies like his receive.

  • Moxy Hotel

    Marriott International and the property division of IKEA Group will debut chic, tech-friendly Moxy Hotels in Europe beginning in 2014 - furniture assembly not required.

  • Greece Charges Three Over Income Declarations Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 1:49 PM ET

    Three former Greek ministers were charged for failing to declare the source of their income, amid anger at politicians widely seen as corrupt.

  • Get Your Warships Here: World's Navies Flock to Lebanon Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 12:55 PM ET
    French Navy flight deck operator off the coast of Lebanon.

    Newly discovered oil off the Lebanese coast has foreign militaries playing 'Battle Ship,' as they beef up their naval presence in the area.

  • World’s Most Expensive Real Estate Markets Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 12:24 PM ET

    We've put together a list of 2012's most expensive property markets, based on research by luxury estate agent Knight Frank, ranking areas by both average property prices for the year, and price per square foot in the fourth quarter.

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