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  • Questions Raised Over Bankia Creation Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 4:32 AM ET
    Spain

    As shares in Bankia slid further away from their listing price on Wednesday, questions were being asked about the wisdom of having created and floated the Spanish lender in the first place.

  • Supporters of Alexis Tsipras, the head of Syriza, celebrate outside the political party's election tent after beating the Pasok party in the parliamentary elections in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

    Ask senior EU officials whether enough has been done to stem the two-year-old euro zone debt crisis, and many point to the number of new rules and institutions they argue would have been unthinkable before the upheaval.  The FT reports.

  • What Hollande Must Tell Germany Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 4:43 AM ET
    European Union Flag

    The elections in France and Greece tell us that austerity fatigue has set in. This is not surprising. For many countries no plausible exit exists from depression, deflation and despair.  The FT reports.

  • Cash-Rich Republicans Prepare to Attack  Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 2:24 AM ET

    In the final weeks of the 2010 US midterm elections, Steven Law began to single out vulnerable Democrats in Congress from the Washington headquarters of American Crossroads, the Republican campaign group. The FT reports.

  • Case Study: How Taxes Keep Swedes in Empty Nests Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 4:45 PM ET
    Stockholm

    Real estate prices dipped this year because of reduced mortgage availability and market inertia caused by heavy regulation.

  • Ships Slow Down to Save Fuel in Pirate Waters Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 2:17 AM ET
    Aerial of iron ore ships at Port Hedland.

    Violent confrontations between Somali pirates and merchant ships’ armed guards could become more common as some shipping companies have reduced ship speeds through the highest-risk area to save on fuel, maritime experts have warned.

  • Britain to Bolster Investors’ Say on Pay Monday, 7 May 2012 | 1:46 AM ET

    Plans to give shareholders more power over boardroom pay will be given centre stage in the Queen’s Speech, as highly paid executives face another week of lambasting from shareholders, the Financial Times reports.

  • King Admits Failing to ‘Shout’ About Risk Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 3:32 AM ET
    Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    Repairing the economy and regulating banks is “the biggest challenge the Bank [of England] has faced for decades,” Sir Mervyn King said on Wednesday in a speech in which he conceded for the first time he should have “shouted from the rooftops” about risks before the financial crisis.

  • US Senators Raise Heat on Murdoch Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 3:21 AM ET
    News Corp

    Two Democratic senators have turned up the political pressure on News Corp, reviving questions about whether a scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspapers could jump across the Atlantic.  The FT reports.

  • Berlin Insists on Euro Zone Austerity Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 3:56 AM ET
    eu building brussels

    The euro zone must stick to its austerity-led recovery plan, Germany’s finance minister insisted on Monday, signalling Berlin’s limited appetite for the more growth-oriented policies advocated by some other European leaders. The FT reports.

  • Nokia In Talks To Sell Vertu To Permira Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 5:51 AM ET
    Nokia Lumina 900

    Nokia is in advanced talks to sell the world’s most expensive mobile phone brand to Permira, the private equity group, as the Finnish company looks to dispose of non-core assets to help turnround its devices division, the Financial Times reports.

  • Hedge Funds Bet Against Euro Zone Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 5:50 AM ET
    Francois Hollande, Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, speaks in a gymnasium during a visit on January 29, 2012 in Paris, during the traditional Chinese New Year festivities in the French capital.

    Hedge fund managers make for unlikely supporters of François Hollande, the French socialist presidential candidate, the Financial Times reports.

  • Fed Commission Report Marks Google Low Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 4:51 AM ET
    Google

    The lone engineer who was blamed by Google for its most controversial breach of online privacy told others in the company far more about the affair than Google has previously disclosed, according to the results of a damning US regulatory investigation released over the weekend. The FT reports.

  • Sell in May & Go Away?     Friday, 27 Apr 2012 | 6:20 AM ET

    Is it time for investors to trim assets as the month of May approaches? Robert Arnott, Research Affiliates chairman provides insight into the market's outlook and offers investment advice on how to trade in these markets.

  • Cramer: Don’t Thank the Fed for Market's Rally Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 6:07 PM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The markets may have rallied Wednesday, but don't think it's all thanks to comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

  • Hollande Seeks Wider EU Fiscal Pact Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 5:03 AM ET
    Francois Hollande, Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, speaks in a gymnasium during a visit on January 29, 2012 in Paris, during the traditional Chinese New Year festivities in the French capital.

    François Hollande, the French Socialist presidential candidate, is not seeking to unpick the European fiscal pact but wants to complete it with tools to promote economic growth, one of his senior advisers signalled on Tuesday. The FT reports.

  • Trader's View of the Market     Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 6:41 AM ET

    A look at what traders are watching ahead of the market's open, with Yra Harris, Praxis Trading.

  • Cramer: Don’t Blame Europe for Wall Street Losses Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 7:42 PM ET

    A lot of times, it’s futures trading that’s driving the market down, he said.

  • IMF Sees Banks Deleveraging by $2.6 Trillion Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 2:09 AM ET

    A drastic contraction of European bank balance sheets during the next 18 months could jeopardise financial stability and economic growth in Europe and beyond, according to forecasts from the International Monetary Fund. The FT reports.

  • Gartman on Spain's Bond Auction & Oil Futures     Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 12:15 PM ET

    The FMHR traders discuss their thoughts on Chesapeake Energy. The stock is down 21% year-to-date. Also, Dennis Gartman, The Garman Letter, weighs in on the Spanish bond auction tomorrow and how it could impact oil futures and the U.S. dollar.

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Commodities

  • U.S. crude oil fell more to below $91 over concerns that new sanctions against Russia will weaken oil demand amid ample supplies and a strong dollar.

  • Gold edged higher but continued to struggle due to weak physical demand and fears the Fed may signal an early interest rate increase.

  • Art Cashin

    Falling commodity prices signal deflationary pressure, and that has to be frustrating to the central banks, Art Cashin said.