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  • The 10 Hottest Commodities of 2011 Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 12:25 PM ET
    Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or copper? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months. In fact, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded, is near a two-and-a-half year high. In 2010 the CRB index rose by 17% compared to a 13% gain for the S&P 500. Several individual commodities continue to greatly outperform the broader market year-to-date, affecti

    CNBC’s analytics team compiled a list of the 10 best-performing commodities in the CRB index so far this year, based on the closing prices on March 29, 2011.

  • Expand List of 'Systemic' Banks: HSBC Chairman Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 1:53 AM ET
    HSBC

    Regulators should include more than 80 banks in their list of global financial institutions of systemic importance that need tighter regulation and higher capital requirements, Douglas Flint, chairman of HSBC, has urged, reports the Financial Times.

  • Tea Party Has Republicans Running Scared Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:53 AM ET
    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton seen speaking during the inaugural Rural Summit in Washington, DC

    In the months after Bill Clinton received the same kind of electoral drubbing meted out to Barack Obama in November, he used to measure his political standing by the number of Republicans getting ready to run against him, reports the Financial Times.

  • Tax Cuts for Rich Divide UK Government Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:45 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    George Osborne’s Budget brought to the top of the political agenda the question of how Britain taxes its wealthiest people – and simultaneously exposed tensions in the coalition.

  • AstraZeneca Pays $1 Billion in US Tax Dispute Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 6:07 AM ET

    AstraZeneca has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle an ongoing dispute over its US tax liabilities, the Financial Times reports.

  • Unilever in ‘Dim Sum’ Bond Move Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 2:17 AM ET

    Unilever is set to become the first European multinational to launch an offshore renminbi-denominated “dim sum” bond when it raises Rmb300 million ($46 million) from institutional investors in Hong Kong on Monday, bankers say, reports the Financial Times.

  • Copper Topping Out?     Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 10:06 AM ET

    Copper is up 33% over the past year. Insight on whether now is now the time to buy, with Michael Widmer, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research.

  • Credit Suisse Wants Fed's Mortgage-Backed Securities Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 7:05 AM ET
    Credit Suisse

    Credit Suisse has joined the list of banks and investment firms considering a rival bid for the portfolio of mortgage-backed securities that has already drawn a $15.7billion offer from AIG, people familiar with the matter said. The FT reports.

  • Learning to Love the Fear Index Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 3:20 AM ET

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  • Scots Incensed at 'Raid' on North Sea Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 2:59 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    Scottish politicians accused George Osborne of using North Sea resources to “fuel his Budget”, saying the chancellor had given too little in return for his unexpected £2 billion tax raid on the oil and gas industry, reports the Financial Times.

  • NYSE Morning Preview     Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 9:05 AM ET

    CNBC's Bob Pisani reports on the trading day from the NYSE.

  • Salaries at HSBC: Time for a Change? Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 5:57 AM ET
    HSBC’s new leadership team (from left): Group Finance Director, Iain MacKay; Group Chairman, Douglas Flint; and Group Chief Executive, Stuart Gulliver

    HSBC is sounding out its shareholders on a proposed shake-up of its executive pay plans, which could see its top bankers unable to sell their stock until retirement, the Financial Times reports.

  • Police Issue Warning Over Anti-Cuts Protest Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 3:00 AM ET
    Police officers hold back demonstrators trying to gain entry to 30 Millbank, the headquarters of Britain's Conservative Party, during a protest in central London.

    Police chiefs have told protesters bent on trouble to stay away from Saturday’s mass demonstration in London against government spending cuts, as union bosses predicted a peaceful “family friendly” event, reports the Financial Times.

  • Finland Holds Key to Euro Zone ‘Grand Bargain’ Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 3:08 AM ET
    Finland

    When European Union leaders gather in Brussels at the end of the week to finalise a much-anticipated “grand bargain” to solve their debt crisis, the eyes of the financial markets will be focused on an unlikely place: Finland, reports the Financial Times.

  • Quadruple Witching Friday: What to Expect Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 10:08 AM ET
    Broker works the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange.

    Friday is Quadruple Witching Day. But with geopolitical events rocking stocks this week, this quarterly event has had less effect on the markets than usual. Quadruple witching is when contracts for stock index futures, stock index options, stock equity options and single stock futures expire. This happens once every quarter, on the third Friday of March, June, September and December, and has also been called "Freaky Friday."

  • History Shows Rebuilding Spurs Economy Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 2:45 AM ET
    Tsunami hits Japan

    A few years ago, a senior official at Japan’s finance ministry shocked a foreign guest by making a deliberately provocative statement. “What Japan’s economy needs is a really good earthquake,” he said. Now, tragically, his tongue-in-cheek wish has come true, the Financial Times reports.

  • US Warns Russia Over Investor Risk Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 1:59 AM ET
    Vice President Joe Biden

    The US vice-president has warned Russia it risks scaring away investors unless it moves to strengthen the rule of law and introduce political reforms.

  • Tripoli Pours Old Notes Back in Circulation Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 4:41 AM ET
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

    Libya’s central bank has ordered banks to recirculate old currency in the first sign that the oil-rich north African state is facing liquidity problems amid international efforts to freeze the regime’s assets, reports the Financial Times.

  • Greeks Adopt ‘Won’t Pay’ Attitude Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 2:08 AM ET

    Local residents in a small town north of Athens, angry at losing their exemption from paying tolls for using a 500m stretch of motorway, raised a banner saying “Den Plirono” (“I won’t pay”).  In four months, Den Plirono has grown to a nationwide anti-austerity movement, reports the Financial Times.

  • Concerns Over Latest EU Bank Stress Tests Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 1:37 AM ET

    Key parts of a stress test for European banks designed to raise investor confidence in the sector have been softened by regulators despite widespread derision of a similar exercise last year, which was seen by financial markets as too lax, reports the Financial Times.

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Commodities

  • Gold held steady below $1,300 as optimism over U.S. economic growth curbed safe-haven appetite for the metal.

  • Brent crude fell towards $106 as higher OPEC output and disappointing demand outweighed tensions in the Middle East and Africa.

  • Gold was trading in a tight range below $1,300 an ounce, as investors nervously awaited the end of a Federal Reserve policy meeting.