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    Most of the largest European banks, are well capitalized but these results "can't begin to tell the full story," Cohen said.

  • Markets Worry Stress Tests Too Easy on Sovereign Debt Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 12:17 PM ET

    All but a handful of European banks passed their stress tests but investors remained worried about the methodology, which many viewed as too easy on sovereign debt.

  • Big Questions Need Answering After Stress Tests Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 11:28 AM ET

    A number of analysts still believe the big stress-test questions need to be answered despite the European Union attempting to draw a line in the sand. 

  • Busch: Stress Tests Watered Down Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 11:06 AM ET

    The over-under for the European bank stress tests are 12 out of 91 fail the tests and need capital injections. Unlike the US stress tests, the European tests didn’t tell us the metrics or guidelines before the tests were run. This has generated uncertainty over exactly how these banks are going to perform.

  • Who Is Likely to Fail Europe's Bank Stress Tests? Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 10:23 AM ET

    The EU is faced with a dilemma: if the stress tests are too lenient they would lose their credibility and if they are too harsh they would potentially scare investors.

  • Euro Prophet of Doom: Beware Italy's Grey Economy Friday, 23 Jul 2010 | 7:38 AM ET
    Statue and Italian Flag in front of Vittorio Emanuele monument.

    "They have a huge informal economy. Informal economies don't pay taxes but people eventually show up as they get older looking for pension and looking for health care," Edward Hugh, nicknamed "Europe's prophet of doom," told CNBC.

  • Who Is Likely to Fail Europe's Bank Stress Tests? Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 6:28 PM ET

    The EU is faced with a dilemma: if the stress tests are too lenient they would lose their credibility and if they are too harsh they would potentially scare investors.

  • Could Stress Tests Be Europe's Last Chance? Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 4:30 PM ET

    Friday at noon, New York time, 91 banks in Europe will reveal how strong they would be if the region went back into recession over the next two years and the sovereign debt they hold plunged in value.

  • European Stress Tests Lacking in Details Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 2:39 AM ET

    Whereas critics of the US bank stress tests complained that there were too many details, the concern about European tests is that there are too few.

  • The market is set for a strong earnings season with corporate guidance giving a clear indication that surprises will be on the upside, according to Saxo Bank.

  • Sunny Outlook for Stocks this Summer: CIO Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 3:58 AM ET

    This will still be a sunny summer for stocks, according to the chief investment officer of Swiss private bank Sarasin, Burkhard Varnholt.

  • Why Portugal Downgrade Didn't Slam Stocks Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 9:18 AM ET
    Portugal

    Investors do not see Portugal's rating downgrade by Moody's as an event that will shake the markets, but it confirms the fact that the outlook for the euro zone is still cloudy.

  • Moody's Cuts Portugal Rating by Two Notches Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 3:52 AM ET

    Moody's slashed Portugal's credit rating by two notches to A1, citing a deterioration of the country's debt ratios and weak growth prospects, the ratings agency said Tuesday.

  • Busch: Getting the Greek to the Market Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 10:45 AM ET

    Tomorrow, Greece will attempt to return to the markets to raise capital for a refunding. It’s a safe bet it’ll go well, but we won’t get a true picture until Greece has to borrow money it doesn’t already have from the European Union.

  • Chance of Euro Death up 50%: Economist Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 5:30 AM ET

    Economists at Capital Economics are predicting it is more likely the euro zone will break up than survive.

  • Commentary: European Stress Tests Remain Unclear Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 4:00 PM ET

    It remains unclear how the assets on European banks’ balance sheets will be marked down under various stresses. So, will there be a need for significant capital at European banks and if the stress tests are deemed worthy, will that allow those banks to raise the necessary capital?

  • Pros Say Europe Must Live with Its Biggest Mistake Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 8:19 AM ET
    Euro coin in front of the giant symbol of the Euro outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank.

    Europe has to "tame that huge, slightly ignorant but extremely powerful force … what you would call the bond market vigilantes" to save the euro, a Nobel economics laureate told CNBC Thursday.

  • 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
    Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy

    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.