*Copper prices melting as Shanghai futures hit lowest since 2009. SYDNEY, March 12- Asian stock markets swung lower on Wednesday as economic uncertainty in China and the United States combined with political tensions in Ukraine to keep investors cautious and commodities under a dark cloud.» Read More
The head of Elstat, Greece’s new independent statistics agency, faces an official criminal investigation for allegedly inflating the scale of the country’s fiscal crisis and acting against the Greek national interest. The FT reports.
A plan to boost the firepower of the euro zone’s €440 billion ($585.5 billion) rescue fund could deliver as little as half what the bloc’s leaders had hoped for because of a sharp deterioration in market conditions over the past month, according to several senior euro zone government officials, the Financial Times reports.
A number of large institutional investors have threatened to stop buying bonds issued by Santander after Spain’s biggest bank offered to exchange some of its existing debt into new instruments at what they consider punitive terms, the Financial Times reports.
An independent report on human rights in Bahrain on Wednesday painted a grim picture of systematic abuses of pro-democracy protesters this year. The FT reports.
Bankers’ efforts to water down tougher new regulations by claiming they will harm economic growth are “intellectually dishonest and potentially damaging” and could inspire an even more robust crackdown, a leading UK regulator has warned, the Financial Times reports.
Investors are increasingly loath to trust the debt of many euro zone sovereigns. That is the most important lesson of recent events. Many European politicians wish to declare war on the markets. They need to remember that they want people to buy their debt, writes Martin Wolf in the FT.
A look at how to play the fear trade ahead of the upcoming holiday, with Alex Pangiotidis, Stern Agee & Leach.
A third of the price that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Money is paying to buy Northern Rock will be funded from the state-owned bank’s current capital base, the Financial Times has discovered.
Discussing what's driving the sell-off in Thursday's markets, and particularly oil and gold, with Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, and the Fast Money traders with a look at General Motors, one year after its IPO.
The European Central Bank has been urged to increase access to its funding to Italian banks by the head of UniCredit as the euro zone crisis puts further strains on money markets, the FT reports.
A play on the narrow range in the VIX, with Tim Biggam, Trading Block.
The precedent set by the restructuring of Greek sovereign debt risks leaving banks more exposed to future financial crises of other countries, according to the man who helped to orchestrate the so-called “private sector involvement” in the rescue plan for Athens. The FT reports.
Gary Gensler’s recusal from the MF Global investigation puts the Commodity Futures Trading Commission at a potential disadvantage, The New York Times Reports.
British MPs took the step of interviewing Revenue & Customs’ top lawyer under oath as a row over an alleged “sweetheart” tax deal offered to Goldman Sachs intensified, the FT reports.
The crisis in Europe has begun to spill over into US bank lending, according to the latest survey of loan officers by the US Federal Reserve.
When future financial historians look back at the early 21st century, they may wonder why anybody ever thought it was a good idea to repackage subprime securities into triple A bonds. So, too, in relation to assumptions about the “risk-free” status of western sovereign debt, according to the FT.
Achim Matzke, equity strategist at Commerzbank, joined CNBC to take a technical look at the S&P 500 index, the Eurostoxx 50 index and the Dax future index.
Walter de Wet, head of commodities at Standard Bank, joined CNBC to take a technical look at copper high grade futures.
Todd Gordon, Aspen Trading Group, with a currency play on the Australian dollar and Japanese yen.
CNBC's Kayla Tausche reports the latest details on the MF Global bankruptcy, and offers a deeper look at what happened. Also, impact on oil, with David Greenberg, Greenberg Capital founder. And the Fast Money traders weigh in on who stands to benefit from MF Global's demise.
U.S. crude futures fell below $100 a barrel in early Asian trade on Wednesday.
Gold held on to overnight gains on Wednesday to trade near its highest in four months.
CNBC's Seema Mody looks at three stocks to watch tomorrow, including Plug Power, which had a very bad day; Apple, which was upgraded today; and Urban Outfitters, which offered a cautious outlook.