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Cuba releases American Alan Gross  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 8:58 AM ET

According to an Obama official, American Alan Gross has been released after spending five years in a Cuban prison, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

Baidu takes stake in Uber  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 8:53 AM ET

CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports on Baidu's entry into the ride-sharing space, and competition with Alibaba.

Extremism rising and more vicious: Expert  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 8:45 AM ET

David Gordon, International Capital Strategies, discusses the increase in violent terrorist acts around the globe.

El-Erian's worldview? Divergence  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 8:40 AM ET

In the case of Russia this is a classic emerging market crisis, says Mohamed El-Erian, Allianz chief economic adviser, sharing his thoughts on the global economic outlook.

Mohamed El-Erian, Allianz chief economic adviser, shares his thoughts on Fed policy and when to expect an interest rate hike.

Win cash prizes playing mobile games  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 9:00 AM ET

One entrepreneur says any mobile gamer has the chance to score major cash.

A number of variables could influence the way the latest round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program shape up, Ian Bremmer told CNBC.

November CPI down 0.3%  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 8:30 AM ET

CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest numbers on consumer prices. And CNBC's Steve Liesman provides perspective on the recent data ahead of the Fed's decision later on Wednesday.

Labor dispute prompts french fry rationing  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 8:26 AM ET

McDonald's is taking measures to limit sales of french fries in Japan because of a potato shortage, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

CNBC's John Harwood shares the results of an NBC/WSJ poll which shows what voters want from the next president.

Hot spots on Fed's radar  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 8:07 AM ET

Vincent Reinhart, Morgan Stanley, and Jurrien Timmer, Fidelity Investments, talk about the likely outcome of the Fed's FOMC meeting on Wednesday and the market's reaction.

Ruble's wild ride  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 8:04 AM ET

CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports on the impact of the falling ruble on the Russian people.

Russian exposure factor  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 7:53 AM ET

CNBC's Dominic Chu takes a look at how four companies with Russian exposure are faring right now.

Changing Putin's calculus  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 7:47 AM ET

David Adesnik, Foreign Policy Initiative, talks about Russian President Putin's ability to capitalize on falling oil prices and whether he will become more conciliatory about Ukraine. Robert Hormats, Kissinger Associates, weighs in. He uses the nationalistic heart in a very clever way, says Hormats.

Don't expect quick rebound in oil: Expert  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 7:32 AM ET

Kevin Book, Clearview Energy Partners, shares his outlook on oil next year.

Oil's ripple effect  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 7:24 AM ET

It's really an injection of default risk, says Jeffrey Rosenberg, BlackRock, looking at the currency volatility caused by the collapse of crude oil.

Is corporate bond market broken?  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 7:21 AM ET

Jeffrey Rosenberg, BlackRock, provides his thoughts on challenges in the fixed income space.

Fed expectations breakdown  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 7:21 AM ET

CNBC's Steve Liesman provides a preview of the Fed's final conference of 2014.

Dangers of chasing yield  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 7:07 AM ET

Robert Hormats, Kissinger Associates, and James Paulsen, Wells Capital Management, discuss the vulnerability of seeking higher returns in emerging markets and how the "one-off" commodity collapse in oil could prompt global growth in 2015.

Refreshing global markets  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 7:04 AM ET

Robert Hormats, Kissinger Associates, and James Paulson, Wells Capital Management, share their thoughts on how falling oil prices and the Russian ruble crisis has adversely impacted global markets.

The one superpower of the world is the global financial markets, says Roger Altman, Evercore Partners chairman, explaining the impact of the global market's move against Russia.

Where consumers are spending gas savings  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:44 AM ET

John Eichberger, NACS director of motor fuels, discusses the results of a recent poll which show where consumers are spending the extra cash they're saving from lower gas prices.

Gauging potential global contagion  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:37 AM ET

Steve Wieting, Citi Private Bank, and Bruce Kasman, JPMorganChase, weigh in on Fed's business model amid global economic uncertainty and lowering oil prices.

What really matters to the Fed  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:33 AM ET

Bruce Kasman, JPMorganChase; Roger Altman, Evercore Partners, Steve Wieting, Citi Private Bank, share their thoughts on the Fed's agenda following Wednesday's FOMC meeting. This is the time we get to see what the Fed is made of, says Wieting.

Putin's credibility problem  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:30 AM ET

Putin will maintain a very strict line, no capital controls, predicts Christopher Granville, Trusted Sources, sharing his thoughts on Russian President Putin's annual address and what it may signal about Ukraine.

Investing in Russia's meltdown  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:27 AM ET

Christopher Granville, Trusted Sources, shares his thoughts on investing in Russia ahead of President Putin's annual address.

Russia's crisis exposes weakness: Altman  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:12 AM ET

Roger Altman, Evercore Partners chairman, explains how the ruble's rout and lower oil prices is putting pressure on Russia and Putin's reputation.

Ruble outside 'comfort zone': Russian FM  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:06 AM ET

CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports Russians are rushing out to buy imported products because of inflation fears. Also Cutmore provides a preview of President Putin's annual speech on Thursday.

Wall Street awaits Fed meeting conclusion  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 5:45 AM ET

Investors are watching to see whether the Fed can lift spirits on Wall Street, as concern mounts over a new set of worries including oil and Russia. Central bankers wrap-up their final meeting of the year this afternoon.

It's been a wild ride, but things could still look bright for this energy-related stock

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