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  • Will Fed Announce the Death of Quantitative Easing? Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:37 AM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is unlikely to drop a bombshell in the markets like his counterpart at the European Central Bank did when he pre-announced a rate rise, ING chief international economist Rob Carnell wrote in a market note.

  • Soldiers pull a boat across floodwater as they help to evacuate residents of Tagajo city, Miyagi

    Traders went home Friday thinking about Japan's tragic earthquake and tsunami, more possible unrest in the Middle East, and Europe's sovereign debt problems.

  • Euro Stocks Look Lower Ahead of Summit, 'Rage' Day Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 1:31 AM ET
    Traders sit in front of their screens at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European shares look set for a lower open on Friday ahead of Saudi Arabia's "Day of Rage" and the European Union Summit in Brussels.

  • Blog: The Hidden Dangers of the ECB Rate Hike Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 12:22 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    Last week the press conference of European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet has left very little room for interpretation. It is now clear that a rate hike is highly likely at the April meeting. Why are they hiking?

  • Europe Is Gloomy and the Land Down Under is Down, Too Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 9:57 AM ET

    Euro traders are glum ahead of the EU summit, and rate cuts sting in New Zealand. It's time for your FX Fix.

  • Bull Run Is Not Over: Strategist Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 4:08 AM ET
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    The market's bull run is not over and stocks will be higher at the end of the year, according to Bob Parker, Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse.

  • Europe Shares Look Weak as Moody's Cuts Spain Rating Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 2:34 AM ET
    A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European futures fell further on Thursday after Moody's announced that it had downgraded Spain's sovereign debt by one notch to Aa2 with a negative outlook.

  • Greeks Adopt ‘Won’t Pay’ Attitude Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 2:08 AM ET
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    Local residents in a small town north of Athens, angry at losing their exemption from paying tolls for using a 500m stretch of motorway, raised a banner saying “Den Plirono” (“I won’t pay”).  In four months, Den Plirono has grown to a nationwide anti-austerity movement, reports the Financial Times.

  • Big Deadline Facing Spain's Nervous Savings Banks Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 12:57 AM ET
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    New rules capital requirement for banks in Spain come into force on Thursday and Spain's vulnerable savings banks are looking around for any extra cash.

  • Blog: Chronicle of a Policy Error Foretold Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 12:12 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    One thing anyone with a high public profile and responsibility for delivering policy needs to remember is that if you don't want to unwittingly stick your foot in it, the best policy surely is to keep you mouth tightly shut.

  • Busch: Don't Believe the European Central Bank Hype Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 10:28 AM ET
    Dollar and Euro

    Currency traders eager for an interest rate hike by the European Central Bank have large long euro positions. Here's a trade to take the other side.

  • Happy Days Are Here Again in Europe Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 10:23 AM ET

    The euro is up on rumors of possible central-bank buys, and the Swiss franc and British pound are up on actual news. It's time for your FX Fix.

  • Concerns Over Latest EU Bank Stress Tests Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 1:37 AM ET
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    Key parts of a stress test for European banks designed to raise investor confidence in the sector have been softened by regulators despite widespread derision of a similar exercise last year, which was seen by financial markets as too lax, reports the Financial Times.

  • European Stocks Set for Lower Open Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 12:40 AM ET
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    European shares look set to open slightly lower Wednesday as on mixed Asian markets and lower oil.

  • Europe Debt Crisis May Boil to Surface This Week Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 2:50 PM ET
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    The moment of truth for Europe's sovereign debt crisis may be far closer than investors think.

  • Can It Be? Euro Fatigue Is In the Air Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 11:39 AM ET
    Euros at an angle

    After trading higher for days, the euro is giving up ground. Instead of focusing on potential interest rate hikes, traders are looking ahead to the upcoming European leaders' meeting and the stubborn sovereign debt crisis. Euro fatigue, anyone?

  • What a difference a day makes: The dollar is not in freefall for a change, and the euro is slipping. It's time for your daily FX Fix.

  • European Stocks to Open Up on Lower Oil Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 2:22 AM ET
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    European stocks are set to buck the recent trend of losses, at least for the start of trading, and open higher Tuesday on lower oil and mixed markets in Asia.

  • European Markets Want a Hawk in the ECB Nest Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 12:24 AM ET
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    One month after Bundesbank president Axel Weber announced he was stepping down, saying goodbye to his chances of running the European Central Bank, many in the markets miss him already.

  • Blog: Does the West Want To Go the Japanese Route? Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 12:22 AM ET
    Cash Register

    The West is poorly positioned to handle this latest oil price scare. The buffers which typically limit downside economic risks are no longer working.