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  • Barbell Strategy Best to Beat Volatility: Barclays Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 4:47 AM ET

    Investors should use a "barbell strategy" using both stocks and debt to navigate the increased market volatility, according to the strategy team at Barclays Wealth in London.

  • Is the US or Europe Winning the Recovery Race? Wednesday, 7 Jul 2010 | 10:29 AM ET

    While both Europe and the U.S. are striving to tackle big deficits while nurturing a delicate economic recovery, Arnab Das, managing director of market research and strategy at Roubini Global Economics, said its the euro zone that is facing the bigger hurdle.

  • Italy Is the Ticking Time Bomb: Economist Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 | 3:54 AM ET
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    As Silvio Berlusconi’s government calls for a vote of confidence over his unpopular €25 billion ($31.45 billion) austerity package, Roger Bootle and his team over at Capital Economics are questioning whether the country holds great danger for the euro zone.

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    If the European banks get credible stress tests and people believe in them, there will be "earning power," H. Rodgin Cohen said, adding, "once there is credibility, you can raise capital."

  • Wall Street Turning Bullish on Euro? Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 12:34 PM ET
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    For the first time in months, Wall Street trading desks are turning more bullish on the Euro and not betting against the currency, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Spain's Secretary of State for the Economy Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 3:37 PM ET
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    Moody’s Investors Service may cut Spain’s credit rating as much as two levels. The rating agency is currently reviewing Spain’s AAA foreign and local currency sovereign bond ratings. Spain continues to face fiscal challenges and falling growth expectations.

  • Farrell: No Double Dip Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 11:42 AM ET
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    At least I'm hoping there is no double dip. Data on capital investment and personal income has been encouraging but I think we are in a bearish frame of mind so that gets somewhat ignored. The negative gets emphasized when your mind set is that way.

  • Dow Loses 10% in Q2; S&P Ends Below 1,040 Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 5:03 PM ET

    Stocks ended their worst quarter in over a year with a selloff Wednesday after a disappointing report on private-sector employment in the U.S. Banks ended mostly lower. Ford jumped.

  • Stocks Waver Amid Jobs Worries; Ford Jumps Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 12:57 PM ET

    Stocks oscillated Wednesday as investors juggled some encouraging bank news against a disappointing report on private-sector employment in the U.S. Ford jumped.

  • Stocks Struggle as Banks Erase Some Gains Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 11:00 AM ET

    Stocks turned higher Wednesday as investors juggled some encouraging bank news from Europe against a disappointing report on private-sector employment in the U.S.

  • Futures Tumble After Weak Jobs Number Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 8:26 AM ET

    Wall Street looked set for a slightly lower opening Wednesday after the latest report on private-sector employment arrived much weaker than expected.

  • Euro Banks Borrow Less than Expected from ECB Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 5:31 AM ET
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    The European Central Bank loaned banks 131.9 billion euros ($161.4 billion) at its 3-month lending auction Wednesday, below expectations, sending the euro higher against major currencies.

  • The European Debt Crisis - See Complete Coverage

    Investors everywhere were stashing whatever money they had into anything that might provide safety. Reflecting on those terrifying days of yore, you might understand why so much buying pressure amid market panic may have driven yields so low, but what about now?

  • Busch: Bad Things Happening Around the Globe Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 9:53 AM ET

    Stocks are dropping over concerns over Spanish bank funding, lower China growth, IMF warning on Austria, SF Fed warning on US states, and strikes in Europe.

  • Europe Banks Make Me Nervous: Niall Ferguson Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 6:54 AM ET
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    The assumption that European governments will never do something like the US allowing Lehman Brothers to fail in September 2008 is trumped by the fiscal reality, Niall Ferguson, Harvard University professor and author, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • What RBS Says to Buy for 'Cliff-Edge' Scenario Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 5:41 AM ET
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    Investors should position their portfolios for a sharp rally in bond prices because stock and commodity markets are heading for a "cliff-edge," Andrew Roberts, head of European rates strategy at RBS, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Spanish Banks Rage at End of ECB Offer Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 3:27 AM ET
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    Spanish banks have been lobbying the European Central Bank to act to ease the systemic fallout from the expiry of a 442 billion euros ($542 billion) funding program this week, accusing the central bank of “absurd” behavior in not renewing the scheme.

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    The credit team at RBS in London are getting very bearish and warning clients to "get ready for the cliff-edge," where prices of stocks and commodities will "collapse." RBS is advising investors to get into maximum long-duration bonds in safe-haven markets. "This means the US, UK and Germany in that order," according to RBS.

  • Why Greece Would Rather Sell Islands than Default Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 11:11 AM ET
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    As reports resurface that Greece is considering selling leases to some of its islands to pay down debt, fears are growing that the euro zone member could restructure its debt over the summer months. But analysts disagree, saying this would be bad for German banks.

  • Kerviel Lawyer Blasts SocGen; Trial Verdict Oct. 5 Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 9:16 AM ET
    Jerome Kerviel shown here released on bail from La Sante Prison by a Parisian court on March 18, 2008 in Paris, France. Jerome Kerviel, the Societe Generale rogue trader was accused of losing 4.9 billion euros (7.2 billion US dollars) through unauthorised trading.

    Jerome Kerviel was a pawn in a mind-boggling financial system that pushed him to take risks, lawyer Olivier Metzner argued on the last day of the trial of the former Societe Generale trader.