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Didier Duret, CIO at ABN Amro Private Banking, says the low oil price will be a boost for the global economy, while Patrick Legland, global head of research at Societe Generale, argues it could spark a "massive" sell-off across asset classes.

Australian law enforcement has responded well to the continuing hostage situation in a Sydney cafe, according to Peter Jennings, executive director at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Europe opens lower as Sydney siege continues  Mon, 15 Dec '14 | 3:00 AM ET

European shares followed their Asian counterparts lower on Monday, after oil hit 5-1/2-year lows and attention focused on a developing hostage incident in Sydney, Australia.

Here's why you should short the Chinese yuan  Mon, 15 Dec '14 | 2:30 AM ET

Chris Morrison, strategist at Omni Macro Fund, says a slowing Chinese economy and easier monetary policy will see the yuan weaken.

Sergei Guriev, professor of economics at Sciences Po, says Russian President Vladimir Putin's credibility comes from propaganda and military success rather than his economic record.

Smartphones: New 'playground' for hackers  Mon, 15 Dec '14 | 1:45 AM ET

Greg Day, CTO of FireEye, says hackers will increasingly focus their attention on smartphones as consumers carry out more activities on their devices.

The New South Wales police are negotiating with the gunman in the Sydney hostage crisis, deputy police commissioner Catherine Burn said, adding that the force's approach is to resolve the situation "peacefully".

Andrew Su, CEO at Compass Global Markets, says oil prices could continue to tank and hit $52 a barrel soon. He later discusses how the FOMC meeting could impact commodity prices.

Will cheap oil remain a headwind for stocks?  Mon, 15 Dec '14 | 12:22 AM ET

Aadil Ebrahim, Vice President & Portfolio Manager at AllianceBernstein, explains why the drop in oil prices is prompting a flight to safety in global markets and discusses how long the selloff may last.

Martin Schulz, Senior Economist at Fujitsu Research Institute, outlines the sources of pessimism that big manufacturers have towards the Japanese economy.

Cab drivers in Paris are set to strike on Monday to protest against a decision not to ban Uber's UberPop ridesharing service, which allows drivers without a taxi license to pick up and drop off customers. CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi reports.

Will BT buy EE or O2?  Mon, 15 Dec '14 | 1:40 AM ET

BT is expected to announce what major U.K. telecoms company it is going to buy on Monday, with EE or O2 up for grabs, CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi reports.

The oil ports of As Sidra and Ras Lanuf in Libya have been closed, CNBC's Hadley Gamble reports.

There was no "rational" reason for calling elections in Japan, according to Seijiro Takeshita, director at Mizuho International, adding that a rise in corporate spending will be key for the country's economy.

Five hostages escape from Sydney cafe  Mon, 15 Dec '14 | 12:06 AM ET

Adrian Di Pasquale, Political Analyst at Internuntia Group, says the people who have escaped from the cafe will provide key information about the hostage taker.

Why Aussie bears will continue to dominate  Sun, 14 Dec '14 | 11:46 PM ET

Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia-Pacific at Rabobank, expects the Aussie dollar to hit 78 U.S. cents over the next 12 months, following the release of deteriorating government finances.

Police operation underway after Sydney siege  Sun, 14 Dec '14 | 11:33 PM ET

Scott Flower, Mackenzie Fellow at the University Of Melbourne, discusses the Australian police's handling of the hostage incident in central Sydney on Monday.

Where are Asian shares headed this week?  Sun, 14 Dec '14 | 11:17 PM ET

Hans Goetti, Head of Investment Asia at Banque Internationale Luxembourg, discusses the market focus on the Fed this week. He also said the factors which led to last week's selloff will be temporary.

Sydney siege may 'involve jihadists': Expert  Sun, 14 Dec '14 | 10:47 PM ET

Colin Chapman, President of the New South Wales Chapter of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, discusses the hostage incident which took place in central Sydney on Monday.

Kasem Prunratanamala, Head of Thailand Research at CIMB, discusses the Thai energy firm's warning that its net profit this year could be lower than the $2.9 billion it earned in 2013.

Things don't look terrible for Australia: Pro  Sun, 14 Dec '14 | 10:18 PM ET

Manpreet Gill, Senior Investment Strategist at Standard Chartered, says falling commodity prices pose as a "cyclical challenge" for Australia.

How sliding iron ore price affects Australia  Sun, 14 Dec '14 | 9:48 PM ET

Australia estimates iron ore will trade at about $60 a tonne as the slump in the commodity deepens the nation's budget deficit. Gareth Berry, FX Strategist at UBS, discusses.

Martin Lakos, Division Director at Macquarie Private Wealth, discusses whether the siege in Sydney could bring about negative ramifications on Australia's stock market.

Is there a trouble with cheap oil?  Sun, 14 Dec '14 | 8:17 PM ET

John Woods, MD, Head of Fixed Income & Senior Portfolio Manager at Citi Investment Management, explains why markets are worried about the slump in energy prices.

Unless OPEC meets and adheres to new production levels, oil will see more downward pressure in 2015, says Scott Darling, Head of Oil & Gas Research at JPMorgan.

Japan's ruling coalition secured a landslide win in Sunday's elections but turnout was at a record low. CNBC's Kaori Enjoji has more.

Patrick Bennett, FX Strategist at CIBC, says the recent oil-induced turmoil in financial markets is "nonsense" as the collapse of energy markets will benefit countries.

Abe secures Abenomics on election victory  Sun, 14 Dec '14 | 7:15 PM ET

Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, says Sunday's election results show that Japan's political system has "bought into the narrative of Abenomics."

Armed men have taken several people hostage at a cafe in Martin Place, one of Sydney's main business areas. CNBC's Matthew Taylor has more.

Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman of Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, says the first-quarter outlook for big manufacturers is "too cautious" amid favorable factors like a weak yen and drop in fuel prices.

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