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European Central Bank


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    An interesting take on why Germany central banker Axel Weber appears to have taken himself out of the competition.

  • Has the Euro Dodged a Bullet, or Is It Buying Time? Wednesday, 9 Feb 2011 | 3:54 PM ET
    Euro coins in hand

    Tracking the ups and downs of the euro debate is a little wearying. Policy decisions are postponed, inflation hawks suddenly turn dovish, Germany sends conflicting signals on helping (or not helping) weaker neighbors…you get the picture.

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    ...and jitters are spreading—it's time for your FX Fix.

  • European Stock Markest Set for a Mixed Open Wednesday, 9 Feb 2011 | 2:23 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 shares were set for a mixed open on Wednesday, staying close to 29-month highs, as worries about the effect of China raising rates were offset by some strong corporate data.

  • Crescenzi: Investing in the Global Bond Supermarket Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 4:58 PM ET

    It is important to recognize the idea that the U.S. bond market is in the latter stages of a 30-year journey during which a “duration tailwind” pushed down market interest rates and boosted returns.

  • Europe Makes Effort to Shed a Light on Short Selling Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 5:20 AM ET

    The French financial markets regulator has begun to require hedge funds and other investment managers to disclose their short positions when they reach 0.5 percent of a company’s outstanding stock, reports the New York Times.

  • European Shares to Pause for Breath After Rally Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 2:22 AM ET
    A broker works as his control screen shows a graph of activity on the French Stock Exchange in Paris.

    European stock index futures pointed to a mixed open for equities on Tuesday, with shares pausing for breath after a rally since the beginning of the month.

  • Busch: BOE, Bernanke and Currency Wars Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 11:29 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

    Three things you need to know about this week - what will the Bank of England do, what will Bernanke say and watching the currency wars.

  • A Crisis of Faith in Britain’s Central Banker Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 7:24 AM ET

    A central banker need not be loved, but at the least he should command respect — and in Britain these days Mervyn King cannot count on either, reports the New York Times.

  • Egypt Officials Seek to Nudge Mubarak Out Saturday, 5 Feb 2011 | 9:18 AM ET

    As protests continued for a 12th day, Egypt's newly named vice president and other top military leaders were discussing steps to limit President Mubarak’s decision-making authority and possibly remove him from the presidential palace in Cairo, the NYT reports.

  • Merkel, in Reversal, Urges Rescue of Euro Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 5:03 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    When the heads of the EU meet in Brussels on Friday, they will hear new ideas on how to save the euro, delivered by Mrs. Merkel and the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, but written largely in Berlin, reports the New York Times.

  • A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European shares were set to rise on Friday, tracking gains on Wall Street, as encouraging weekly U.S. jobless data boosted confidence about a recovery in the labor market.

  • European Shares to Open Lower; Eyes on Trichet Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 2:22 AM ET

    European shares were expected to slip in opening trade on Thursday, with a recent rally losing steam as investors stayed cautious.

  • A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European shares were set to rise on Wednesday, tracking advances on Wall Street and in Japan and extending gains from the previous session.

  • Lewis said he found it “amazing” that the Irish government has “socialized” the banks—some $80 billion in senior and subordinated debt—and made it the financial responsibility of Irish taxpayers, who didn’t create it.

  • 'Best House in Bad Neighborhood'? US Stocks Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 10:34 AM ET

    Optimism about the US economy is based on three factors—that the US is not another "Japan," that the European Central Bank is helping Europe’s financial institutions the same way the Federal Reserve is aiding those in the US and that President Obama is moving toward the center, Leon Cooperman, chairman CEO of Omega Advisors, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • ECB Halts Emergency Purchases of Bonds Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 4:52 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank suspended its emergency purchases of euro zone government bonds last week as the debt crisis eased, allowing it to focus on combating rising inflation, reports the Financial Times.

  • European Shares to Open Higher; BP Resumes Dividends Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | 2:07 AM ET

    Financial bookmakers predicted gains for the leading European benchmark indexes on Tuesday, with the focus seen shifting back to the economic outlook and company earnings.

  • Business Leaders See Euro Zone Break-Up Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 5:59 AM ET
    Euro bills

    An overwhelming majority of business and financial leaders from around the world think there is a chance that one or more eurozone countries will leave monetary union over the next three years, reports the Financial Times.

  • Europe’s Banks Hint at Return to Health Monday, 31 Jan 2011 | 4:59 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Europe’s banking system is returning to health amid signs that financial institutions are no longer hoarding cash, according to key indicators, reports the Financial Times.