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  • Euro Takes Hit on Uncertainty in US and Italy Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 5:22 PM ET

    Stalemate in the United States over automatic government spending cuts due to take effect March 1 and an inconclusive election in Italy undermined the euro on Thursday.

  • Brent, US Crude Oil End Lower on Commodity Retreat Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 4:06 PM ET

    The price of oil fell, as investors sold off commodities with the stock market surging toward a record high.

  • Spot Gold On Track for Record Monthly Losses Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 3:41 PM ET

    Gold headed towards its longest run of monthly declines in more than 16 years, as an improved economic backdrop and lower inflation concerns continued to blunt its appeal to investors.

  • Asia Rallies Thanks to Bernanke, Italy Debt Sale Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 2:30 AM ET

    Asian stocks rallied on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei leading gains as the Federal Reserve's steadfast support for an ultra-easy monetary policy and a successful bond auction in Italy lifted risk appetite in a volatile week for global markets.

  • Euro Rises on Italy Bond Sales But Seen as Vulnerable Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 5:57 PM ET

    The euro rose against the dollar for the first time in three sessions on Wednesday on relief over solid demand for Italy's first bond sale since the country's general elections.

  • Treasurys Slip as Investors Favor Stocks Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 5:08 PM ET

    The commitment to a stimulative monetary policy reiterated by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke favored riskier assets over safe-haven U.S. debt, sending U.S. bond prices lower on Wednesday.

  • Gold Down 1% on US Fed Policy, Budget Cuts Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 4:25 PM ET

    Gold fell 1 percent, nearly erasing all of the previous session's gains, hit by disappointment over a lack of new Federal Reserve stimulus and deflation worries over across-the-board deep U.S. spending cuts.

  • Brent Crude Oil Hugs One-Month Low After Data Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 3:30 PM ET

    Brent crude oil futures settled at $111.87 a barrel, as investors weighed expectations that the Federal Reserve's stimulus program will be maintained against the sixth straight weekly rise in U.S. crude oil stockpiles.

  • Europe Shares Close Higher on Italy Bond Auction Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 11:40 AM ET

    European shares extended gains in the afternoon session on Wednesday, helped by a successful bond auction in Italy and the U.S. Federal Reserve's defense of its asset purchases on Tuesday.

  • Futures Rise After Durable Goods Report Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 8:32 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures edged higher Wednesday following the durable goods orders report and ahead of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's second round of testimony, but ongoing worries over political deadlock in Italy kept a lid on gains.

  • Europe Still 'Very Attractive' Despite Risks: Rubenstein Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 6:11 AM ET
    David Rubenstein, co-chief executive officer of Carlyle LP.

    Europe is still a very attractive market despite the current political and economic risks, David Rubenstein, co-founder & managing director of the Carlyle Group, told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Bernanke Boost Lifts Asia, Nikkei Down Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 2:10 AM ET

    Asian shares rebounded on Wednesday to snap previous losses after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke confirmed his commitment to monetary easing. However, Tokyo stocks bucked the trend as investors sold off exporter stocks on a rising yen.

  • Buckle Up: More Volatility Ahead for Stock Market Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 6:47 PM ET

    Volatility calmed down Tuesday but brace yourself: Pros say bigger gyrations could be the norm for the next few weeks as investors watch what's going on in Washington and Europe.

  • Euro Recoups Losses After US Fed Reassurances Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 5:49 PM ET

    The euro traded flat against the U.S. dollar and yen on Tuesday, recouping early losses with the help of U.S. central bank assurances that a bond-buying stimulus program will remain in place.

  • Brent Crude Falls Below $113 on Italy Vote Fears Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 4:58 PM ET

    Brent crude oil fell to a one-month low — under $113 a barrel — on Tuesday as inconclusive Italian election results revived investor concerns about instability in the euro zone and threatened the outlook for fuel demand.

  • Gold Gains Most in 3 Months as Bernanke Defends Policy Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 3:51 PM ET

    Gold rose 1.3 percent, its biggest one-day gain in three months, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's defense of U.S. bond-buying stimulus boosted bullion's inflation-hedge appeal.

  • Bonds Yields Steady after Bernanke Reassurance Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 3:41 PM ET

    U.S. Treasurys briefly extended their losses on Tuesday on news of an unexpectedly big jump in U.S. consumer confidence and single-family home sales in January.

  • Euro Zone Stocks at 3-Month Low on Italy Vote Stalemate Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 11:52 AM ET

    Euro zone shares sank to three month lows on Tuesday after an Italian election stalemate renewed concerns about the future of the euro zone.

  • U.S. stock index futures rose across the board following the upbeat S&P/Case-Shiller home price report and a day after the Dow and S&P 500 logged their worst one-day performance in 2013 amid worries about Italy's election result.

  • Nikkei Dives 2%, Italy Uncertainty Rattles Asia Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 2:40 AM ET

    Asian stock markets tumbled on Tuesday, with Japan leading losses after a general election in Italy pointed to deadlock in parliament and raised fears of a new crisis in the euro zone.

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