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  • European Shares Set to Rise for 5th Session Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 2:11 AM ET
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    European shares looked set to extend their winning streak to a fifth session Friday as investor sentiment got a boost from positive economic data from the U.S.

  • Euro Shares Set to Rise as Commodities Recover Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 2:09 AM ET
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    European stocks looked set to continue the strong performance of the previous session at the open Thursday as commodities regained strength and boosted the major indexes.

  • European Shares to Open Lower; Focus on Ireland Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 2:10 AM ET
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    European stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday, with stocks poised to halt a week-long rally, mirroring a mixed session on Wall Street.

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    European stocks were seen rising on Tuesday, lifted by U.S. President Barack Obama's compromise deal to extend all Bush-era tax cuts for two years.

  • Euro Zone Is Imperiled by North-South Divide Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 4:49 AM ET
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    The euro once meant flush banks and easy credit, but these days it has laid bare a cold reality: Portugal shares the high wages and prices of richer northern European neighbors, but not their competitiveness, reports the New York Times.

  • Europe Shares to Take Their Cue From US Jobs Data Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 2:13 AM ET
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    European shares are seen opening little changed Friday after Thursday's strong gains, with investors waiting for widely-watched US nonfarm payrolls data for near-term market direction.

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    "This December...holds the key for much of the narrative in the capital markets for the next 12 months," one market strategist says.

  • After This Rally, Lock in Your Gains Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 7:23 PM ET

    If you held strong and stayed in the market, despite all the bears practically begging you to cash out, then congratulations. Now you can take some profits.

  • EUROPE—Johnson Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 3:28 PM ET
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    The euro nears parity with the dollar, the Bank of England undertakes its own QE2 and Greece opts to restructure its debt.

  • ECB Could Send Major Message to World Markets Tomorrow Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 11:22 AM ET
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    The next 24 hours could prove a major turning point in Europe’s crisis, one that substantially reduces the risk for all investors on world markets.

  • Gold Becoming a Hedge Against 'Monetary Uncertainty' Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | 1:27 PM ET
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    Gold isn't serving as a hedge against inflation, as traditionally has been the case. Instead, as investment guru Dennis Gartman points out, investors see gold as "a hedge against monetary uncertainty."

  • Splits in Euro Zone Emerge Amid Debt Crisis Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | 10:45 AM ET
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    Even as Europe struggles to contain its latest debt crisis, fresh fissures are emerging that show the euro zone diverging into two — or even three — different economic parts that threaten to compound the problems even further. The NYT reports.

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    The EU bailout for Irish banks failed to quell financial markets. Borrowing costs for Portugal, Spain and others continue to rise, because structural problems created by the euro and single European market remain unaddressed and more crises are inevitable.

  • Yoshikami: Europe; 2 Down, 3, 4, 5 to Go? Monday, 29 Nov 2010 | 1:37 PM ET
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    There are clearly two perspectives emerging on Europe's problems and this chasm in perspectives will become more clear as time goes by. The budget minded nations are reigning in the less disciplined sovereigns. Solvent Europe vs. broke member nations.

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    When it comes to the housing market in California and peoples' ability to purchase homes, California still isn't doing very well. But the state's second largest private lender is growing by leaps and bounds. But it will take a lot more than his success to create a real market recovery.

  • Eurozone Liquidity: PIGS Take the Lion's Share Friday, 26 Nov 2010 | 12:08 PM ET
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    Here's the disturbing headline statistic: Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain have sucked out 93 percent of the total liquidity taken from the ECB and other central banks.

  • Spain Bailout Would Spell Trouble for the Euro Thursday, 25 Nov 2010 | 8:53 AM ET
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    Any bailout of Spain could severely stress the ability of Europe’s stronger countries to help the financially weaker ones, and spell deep trouble for the euro. The New York Times reports.

  • Crescenzi: “The Keynesian Endpoint” Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 | 2:44 PM ET
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    Nations are left with old playbooks and fewer choices by which to resolve their respective problems. This means that time, devaluations, and debt restructurings might be the only way out for many nations. It also means the citizenry will require politicians that can think outside of the box and act with greater unity and resolve than perhaps they are used to.

  • Spain is Not Ireland: H. Rodgin Cohen Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 | 12:51 PM ET
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    Things are getting better in the long term when it comes to the banks and Europe, H. Rodgin Cohen, senior chairman at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, told CNBC Wednesday.

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    As Irish and European officials engaged in tense talks over the terms of a multibillion dollar rescue package, Ireland’s Prime Minister Brian Cowen sais its low corporate tax rate and four-year budget plan, the New York Times reports.