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  • All In All, A Good Day For A Safe Haven Or Two Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 8:53 AM ET

    Libyan unrest is boosting the dollar, and a European Central Bank hawk is helping the euro. Here's your daily FX Fix.

  • Buy Oil, Not US Stocks: Marc Faber Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 3:55 AM ET
    Dr. Marc Faber

    Oil prices could make further gains but US stocks could be set for a difficult year, Marc Faber, the author the closely-watched Gloom, Boom and Doom report, said in an interview.

  • History Suggests Higher Oil = Risk Off: Analyst Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 3:11 AM ET

    "Higher oil is by definition going to be a drag on spending and the economy and the uncertainty the middle-east crisis is creating is bad news for sentiment," Simon Derrick, head of currency research at BNY Mellon, said.

  • Brent Hits 2-1/2 Year High on Libya Export Concerns Monday, 21 Feb 2011 | 11:28 AM ET
    Supporters of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi hold his pictures as they take part in a pro-government rally in Tripoli on February 17, 2011 as the country faced a nationwide "Day of Anger" called by opposition cyber activists.

    Clashes in oil producer Libya sent benchmark Brent crude to 2-1/2-year highs on Monday above $105 a barrel on fears that supplies to Western countries could be disrupted, while U.S. prices rallied by more than $4.

  • Will the Euro Crisis Strike Back? Monday, 21 Feb 2011 | 8:07 AM ET

    If previous EU responses to the euro crisis are any guide, investors should not be expecting a highly-coordinated, shock-and-awe approach like those we have seen from the US authorities.

  • The uprisings in the Middle East have been in part blamed on soaring food prices but one market watcher told CNBC those states with huge oil wealth should be better able to keep their people appeased by subsidizing food prices and other incentives.

  • Hunger Stalks Risk-On Trade: Analyst Monday, 21 Feb 2011 | 3:40 AM ET
    corn kernels and soya bean

    The risk-on trade that has driven equities and commodity prices since the Federal Reserve started talking about the second round of quantitative easing last year is under threat from inflation, one analyst warned Monday.

  • China Tries to Stamp Out ‘Jasmine Revolution’ Sunday, 20 Feb 2011 | 1:49 PM ET

    Jittery Chinese authorities wary of any domestic dissent staged a show of force Sunday to squelch a mysterious online call for a "Jasmine Revolution," with only a handful of people joining protests apparently modeled on the pro-democracy demonstrations sweeping the Middle East.

  • Turmoil in the Middle East: Will Saudi Arabia be Next? Sunday, 20 Feb 2011 | 10:07 AM ET

    With the recent turmoil across North Africa and the Gulf, investors are now becoming increasingly concerned that the ‘political contagion,’ as the wave of upheaval has come to be known, may flow over into Saudi Arabia as well.

  • NYSE trader

    The S&P is now up 6.8 percent for the year, and analysts and traders keep watching for the pullback that just doesn't seem to come. Turmoil in the Middle East, recurring sovereign debt concerns in Europe and now the idea of inflation all hang over markets.

  • Commodities Next Week  Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets, including violence in Bahrain and a potential spillover into neighboring Saudi Arabia. She also looks at the growing demand in the silver market, as well as other metals.

  • What's Fueling Oil's Wild Disconnect?  Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 11:32 AM ET

    Discussing the unrest in Bahrain and some momentum plays in oil, with John Kilduff, Again Capital; Daniel Dicker, independent oil trader/TheStreet.com and CNBC's Yousef Gamal El Din.

  • Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate at Cairo's Tahrir Square after president Hosni Mubarak stepped down.

    If Saudi Arabia begins to appears vulnerable, in the least, to publicly expressed internal discontent, $100 oil will look cheap in a hurry!

  • Crude Prices: Is the Brent-WTI Spread Unwinding? Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 6:39 PM ET

    Mideast tensions are growing. Technical levels are being breached. And there’s a long weekend ahead. All reasons for traders to cover short positions on oversold oil futures and take profits on positions that have skyrocketed over the past few weeks.

  • Bahrain Crushes Protest Camp, Locks Down Capital Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 1:55 PM ET
    Bahraini army tanks take position near Pearl Square in Manama.

    Troops and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed.

  • The unrest spreading across the Middle East is making investors nervous, and they're heading for the closest safe-haven currency: the Swiss franc. The dollar, meanwhile, is getting left in the cold.

  • A Jubilant Crowd Suddenly Faces Shooting in Bahrain Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 6:50 AM ET
    A Bahraini flag flutters as anti-government protesters gather at Pearl Square in Manama for a demonstration calling for a regime change on February 16, 2011.

    Trucks carrying smashed tents, trash and other refuse rolled out of the Pearl Roundabout in Bahrain midday Thursday, remnants of a demonstration that turned deadly overnight.

  • Middle East Protests Force US on Defensive Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 5:49 AM ET
    A Bahraini flag flutters as anti-government protesters gather at Pearl Square in Manama for a demonstration calling for a regime change on February 16, 2011.

    The spread of protests to strategically vital countries such as Bahrain has put the US on the back foot after years when Washington appeared to overestimate the impact of local leaders’ reform efforts. The FT reports.

  • Egypt Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 10:31 AM ET
    A poster placed on a lamp post calls for the return of the internet after it was shut down by the government on February 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.

    Epitaphs for the Mubarak government all note that the mobilizing power of the Internet was one of the Egyptian opposition’s most potent weapons. But quickly lost in the swirl of revolution was the government’s ferocious counterattack, a dark achievement that many had thought impossible in the age of global connectedness. The New York Times reports.

  • Wael Ghonim & Google Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 3:35 PM ET
    Cyberactivist Wael Ghonim speaks with the press at Cairo's Tahrir square after his release.

    Wael Ghonim has officially “taken a leave” from his position at Google according to Google spokesperson, Jennifer Bloch.