• Fertilizer Stocks Fall     Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 1:35 PM ET

    A new USDA report caught analysis off guard this morning and now commodities are taking a hit, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • New Rules on Swaps Will Protect Big Traders Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    In the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy, regulators have voted to enforce a new rule requiring brokerage firms to keep their house accounts separate from customer cash, the New York Times reports.

  • Carmakers Must Merge Says Fiat Chief Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 12:39 AM ET

    Consolidation among European carmakers is unavoidable as they battle with chronic overcapacity and mounting financial losses in a weakening market, according to Sergio Marchionne, Fiat and Chrysler’s chief executive. The FT reports.

  • Euro Drop: Decoupling or Time to Sell US Stocks? Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 5:44 PM ET

    Does a drop in the euro while the S&P holds near five-month highs signal decoupling or that it’s time to short U.S. stocks? ‘Fast Money’ pros weigh in.

  • Dividends Rise in Sign of Recovery Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 10:38 AM ET

    If analysts’ forecasts come true, higher dividend payouts will continue in 2012, as companies release more cash and try to win over investors, the New York Times reports.

  • Hopes in Emerging Economies Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    Between 2007 and 2012, the Chinese economy will expand by close to 60 percent. Emerging Asia as a whole will grow by almost 50 percent. Over the same period, economies of high-income countries will grow by a mere 3 percent. Who can doubt that the world is undergoing a profound transformation? The FT reports.

  • RBS to Press on With Promised Bonuses Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 1:02 AM ET

    Royal Bank of Scotland is determined to press ahead with plans to pay out promised bonuses to investment bank boss John Hourican and other top staff, despite growing rhetoric from the government about excessive pay. The FT reports.

  • UK Leaves Door Open for IMF Cash Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 12:57 AM ET
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen in Washington, DC.

    David Cameron has left open the door to Britain giving billions of pounds of new support to the International Monetary Fund – and indirectly to ailing members of the euro zone – in a move likely to infuriate euroskeptic MPs in his own Conservative party. The FT reports.

  • UK Retailer Tesco Set for Worst Christmas in Decades Saturday, 7 Jan 2012 | 5:57 AM ET
    The Holyhead branch of Tesco on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, on November 19, 2010 in Holyhead, United Kingdom.

    Tesco is forecast to deliver its worst Christmas sales performance in the UK for decades, amid reports of tensions at the top of Britain’s biggest retailer over its unsuccessful price-cutting campaign. The FT reports.

  • Confidence in London Property Market Falls Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 5:25 AM ET
    London Financial District

    Concerns about the crisis in the euro zone and the effect of sweeping regulatory changes on bank lending have pushed confidence in London’s commercial property market to the lowest level in two years. The FT reports.

  • Volatility Playbook: VIX down 3.7%     Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 5:40 PM ET

    A fear trade on market volatility, with Jon Najarian, optionmonster.com.

  • Why Are Bonds Outperforming Stocks Over Long Term? Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 1:02 PM ET
    NYSE traders

    Despite a reputation for being a slow-growing alternative to stocks for the risk-averse, bonds just passed stocks' long-term performance over the past 30 years. USA Today reports.

  • Spain Sees 50 Billion Euros of New Bank Provisions Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 12:55 AM ET

    Spain says it expects its banks to set aside up to 50 billion euros in further provisions on their bad property assets as part of a new round of reforms for the country’s financial sector. The FT reports.

  • Money In Motion: Buy CAD, Sell EUR     Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 5:42 PM ET

    A currency play on the Canadian dollar against the euro, with MacNeil Curry, Bank of America Merrill Lynch head FX and rates technical strategy.

  • The 2012 Recovery: Handle With Care Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 12:56 AM ET

    What does 2012 hold in store for the world economy? Let us start by looking at the battered high-income countries. Is there a good reason to expect healthy recoveries? Not really. The outcome in the euro zone might be a disaster that spreads around the world. Even the US recovery is likely to be fragile. The shadow cast by events before 2007 passes slowly. The FT reports.

  • Volatility Playbook     Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 5:23 PM ET

    A fear play on market volatility, with Jim Iuorio, TJM Institutional Services. Also, TIVO shares soar 18% after settling a patent litigation with AT&T.

  • Gartman as Gold Tops $1,600: ‘I Missed the Lows’ Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 3:38 PM ET

    Gold bulls are feeling more comfortable as the precious metal rose more than 2½ percent on positive economic data, but is it time to get in the trade?

  • Mitt Romney - Iowa Caucuses

    While Mitt Romney appears to have the highest likelihood of paying off as a top two finisher in the Iowa caucuses, his market value has started to decline, according to trading data in the University of Iowa's Electronic Political Futures Markets.

  • Economists See Bleak Year Ahead Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 12:45 AM ET

    The coming year will rival 2009 for economic weakness as output is hit by the continuing debt crisis in the euro zone, according to a large majority of economists polled by the Financial Times.

  • Best Trade of the Year: Cattle     Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 12:54 PM ET

    Feeder cattle wins the best trade of the year trading over 20% YTD. James Bower, Bower Trading president weighs in.

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  • Is the US economy really picking up steam? Earnings this week could provide a clue.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Oil closed up on the day, and nat gas closed up, as well, while gold was down on the day.

  • CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories. More earnings results next week. Starbucks and Netflix may have been helped by the bad winter. Also, the Boston Marathon is next week, and 36,000 runners will participate.

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