SINGAPORE, Dec 12- Brent futures edged towards $109 a barrel on Thursday as a looming U.S. budget deal backed expectations the Federal Reserve may act soon to unwind a stimulus programme that has supported oil prices. Expectations are creating a weaker sentiment for oil and other commodities, "said Chee Tat Tan, investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore.» Read More
Fast Money trader, Jon Najarian, with the play on the VIX ahead of the EU summit.
The Fast Money traders weigh in on the Ag play in the fert sector. Also, a look at the big drop in copper prices, and its impact on stocks, and the direction of gold and oil, with Daniel Dicker, independent oil trader.
Copper futures are near lows of year, with CNBC's Sharon Epperson.
Europe’s grand plan to strengthen its banking system is set to fall well short of market expectations, identifying a capital shortfall of less than 100 billion euros that must be made up over the next six to nine months, according to the latest official estimates. The FT reports.
Britain’s economic recovery is off-track, Sir Mervyn King warned on Tuesday night as he defended the Bank of England’s decision to pump money into the economy again by purchasing £75 billion ($118.2 billion) of gilts over the next four months, the FT reports.
Corporate and political leaders, many of whom have been the target of growing worldwide protests, are lining up to say how much they understand public anger over economic inequality and the financial system, the FT reported.
Mad Money host Jim Cramer says the frustrating thing about the market right now is stocks all trade together. It's not that the earnings can't be trusted, it's that the futures are too powerful, and their levels are set in Europe.
Todd Gordon, Aspen Trading Group with a play on the Canadian dollar versus the U.S. dollar, and the S&P 500.
European businesses and consumers face at least 20 years of electricity price rises, according to a leaked European Commission report on how the region can meet its green energy targets, the FT reports.
Deutsche Bank’s exposure to “casino banking” in Las Vegas has reached $4.9bn, rivalling its exposure to countries affected by the eurozone debt crisis, reported the FT.
The finance chiefs of the world's leading economies opened the door Saturday for the International Monetary Fund to play a bigger role in fighting the eurozone's escalating debt troubles.
Brian Stutland, Stutland Equities president weighs in with an options play on gold's higher bid.
Short-selling in the markets is on the rise, with the average short-interest on the S&P now above 4 percent. A look at what's behind all the bearishness and what it indicates about the markets, with Damon Vickers, Damon Vickers & Associates, and David Traine, New Constructs CEO.
Discord over the euro zone crisis, currencies and global economic governance threatens to overshadow the Group of 20 finance ministers meeting in Paris on Friday and Saturday, the FT reports.
For 30 years, whenever economic crises hit the world, Jean-Claude Trichet was at the centre of action. As his career draws to a close – his eight-year term as European Central Bank president ends in three weeks – the former French finance official and Banque de France governor is in the midst of his biggest crisis yet. The FT reports.
The Fast Money traders with tomorrow's trade on Google. Also Dan Dicker, MercBloc president provides insight on copper & oil prices, and China's trade data, with the Fast Money traders.
The aggregate shortfall of UK corporate pension schemes soared in September and is now at its second-highest level, new industry data show, as falling markets and bond yields sharply reduced returns.
Should we feel confident that the crisis will soon be over? No. At least, nobody now sees the euro zone crisis as a little local difficulty. It has become the epicenter of an aftershock of the global financial crisis that could prove even more destructive than the initial earthquake, writes Martin Wolf in the FT.
The average UK household will be in “fuel poverty” by the next election in 2015 if energy bills, which have almost doubled as a share of median income since 2004, stay on their current path, the FT reports.
It is hard to envisage a less propitious climate for equity analysis than a gloomy outlook for advanced economies combined with sustained and severe market volatility.
Brent futures slid toward $109 a barrel on Thursday.
Gold inched up on Thursday as some safe-haven bids emerged.
CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis looks at three stocks to watch tomorrow, including Athenahealth, which had a big miss today; Lululemon reports before the bell; and homebuilder Hovnanian reports, as well.