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  • Big Banks Prepare to Pay Back LTRO Loans Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 3:21 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    A clutch of Europe’s biggest banks are preparing to return a chunk of the cheap three-year funding they recently took from the European Central Bank as early as this year. The FT reports.

  • Dalio Earns $3.9bn to Top Hedge Fund Pay List Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 5:37 AM ET
    Ray Dalio, Founder, President & CIO at Bridgewater

    Ray Dalio, head of Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, personally made $3.9 billion in a year that his $70 billion Pure Alpha fund produced $13.8 billion of investment profits for its investors, according to industry rankings. The FT reports.

  • High Oil Prices ‘Unjustified’: Saudi Oil Minister Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 12:38 PM ET

    Saudi Arabia’s powerful oil minister, Ali Naimi, made a rare intervention into overheating oil markets on Tuesday, declaring that high oil prices were “unjustified” and vowing that the kingdom would boost its output by as much as 25 per cent if necessary. The Financial Times reports.

  • Oil Futures Spark Debate on $100 Level Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 2:14 AM ET
    Oil Rig

    Oil contracts for delivery in three to five years’ time are trading at their biggest ever ­discount to spot prices, prompting a debate about whether the era of triple-digit oil prices will be a short-term phenomenon. The FT reports.

  • Beware of ETF Portfolio Duds     Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 5:06 PM ET

    Tom Lydon, Global Trends Investments president, discusses which exchange traded products are moving in the wrong direction, and how to play it, with the Fast Money traders.

  • Nat Gas Futures Fall to Fresh Decade Low     Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 3:45 PM ET

    Natural gas futures traded as low as $2.18 today-- it's the lowest level since February 2002. Darren Wolfberg, BNP Paribas, explains whether natural gas hit a bottom today.

  • UK's Royal Mail Set to Be Privatized in 2013 Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 5:37 AM ET
    A Royal Mail postal worker, delivers mail on his round in London, U.K., on Monday, July 4, 2011. to mail centers in Greater London.

    The coalition government aims to begin the privatization of Royal Mail by selling or floating at least part of it in autumn 2013 if the state-owned postal operator’s finances continue to improve, the FT reports.

  • Merkel Set to Allow Firewall to Rise Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 2:29 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Germany is poised to bow to international pressure and allow a temporary increase in the euro zone’s financial “firewall” this week, to prevent the crisis in the region’s periphery spreading to other member states. The FT reports.

  • Gold Loses Luster in Face of US Recovery Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 3:30 AM ET

    Investors are losing their enthusiasm for gold as signs of improvement in the US economy tempt them away from the traditional haven. The FT reports.

  • TVIX Plummets as VIX Rallies     Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 5:18 PM ET

    CNBC's Herb Greenberg reports the TVIX tumbles 30% as the VIX rallies, and the dangers of ETNs, with the Fast Money traders.

  • Deutsche to Open Gold Vault in London Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 3:45 AM ET
    Gold

    Deutsche Bank is to open a new precious metals vault in London next year, joining a growing number of banks and logistics companies seeking to cash in on booming investor demand for physical gold and silver. The FT reports.

  • Blackstone to Take on SocGen Property Loans Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 5:00 AM ET

    Blackstone is set to take control of 100 million euros worth of commercial property loans owned by Société Générale as the French bank pushes to shed its exposure to global real estate. The FT reports.

  • Greece Over Halfway to Recovery, Says PM Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 2:45 AM ET
    Lucas Papademos

    Greece’s caretaker prime minister insists that a “large, silent majority” of Greeks are willing to do whatever is needed to stay in the eurozone, despite near-daily anti-austerity demonstrations. The FT reports.

  • Copper Ready for Breakout?     Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    How to play copper if it breaks past its resistance level at $3.90, with Darren Wolfberg, BNP Paribas.

  • Why Quantitative Easing Is the Only Game in Town Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 4:12 AM ET

    The onus of UK macroeconomic policy falls on the Bank of England. George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, has nailed his colours to the mast of fiscal discipline instead. The FT reports.

  • Precious Metal Meltdown?     Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 5:00 PM ET

    The Fast Money traders weigh in on today's top market action, and Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, discusses what's driving the recent decline in precious metals and how to play it.

  • A Hard Slog in the Foothills of Debt Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 3:55 AM ET

    “Deleveraging” is an ugly word for a nasty journey: that towards lowering excessive debt after a credit bubble. The FT reports.

  • Commodites Ahead of the Fed     Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson with a check on commodities, ahead of today's FOMC meeting.

  • Trading the Open: Dow Flat Month-To-Date     Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 6:31 AM ET

    Kevin Ferry, Cronus Futures, has an update on today's futures and what investors can expect to see at the open, and hear from the Fed meeting.

  • What's Brewing in the Coffee Market?     Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 11:38 AM ET

    James Cordier, Liberty Trading Group principal & founder, explains how a record coffee crop will impact consumers. Sara Senatore, Sanford Bernstein senior analyst, explains how investors can make money from falling coffee prices.

Futures Now

  • A mine worker displays a large ingot of gold during the refining process at the Loulo-Gounkoto gold mine complex operated by Randgold Resources Ltd. in Loulo, Mali, Nov. 1, 2013.

    If Barrick and Newmont join forces, will that help gold prices in the long run?

  • Earnings and the market, more possible pain at the pump, and is a miner mega-merger in the works? With Michael Dudas, Sterne Agee, CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders.

  • Gas rises ahead of the driving season. Is it time to bet on gasoline? Why gas is so hot, with CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders.

Commodities

  • Brent futures held above $109 a barrel on Wednesday.

  • Gold was trading near its lowest in more than two months on Wednesday as stronger equities dented the metal's safe-haven appeal.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Crude oil prices were under pressure; traders are eying tomorrow's Department of Energy report; natural gas got a small bump up, closing at $4.74, and traders are looking for a catalyst to get back on the long side of gold.

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