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  • 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.

  • China Eclipses US as Top IPO Venue Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 6:12 PM ET
    Hong Kong skyline

    China has again outshone the U.S. as the top venue for initial public offerings despite steep share price falls on the mainland and Hong Kong stock markets, highlighting the shift in global financial activity from west to east.

  • Gold Nightmare for Hedge Funds  Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 5:30 PM ET

    Gold mining stocks have been one of the biggest disappointments on Wall Street this year, so what can investors expect in 2012? Greg Zuckerman, Wall Street Journal, weighs in.

  • Which 3 Stocks Moved the Dow in 2011? Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 2:49 PM ET

    Dow investors can thank the strong performance in IBM, McDonald's and Chevron this year for almost all the gains in the Dow. In fact, of the 576 point gain this year, 564 points came from those three stocks.

  • Commodities Outlook 2012  Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to where oil and precious metals are likely headed next year.

  • Call for QE to Stave Off Euro Deflation Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 1:11 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    A top European Central Bank policymaker has called for “quantitative easing” to be used to boost the euro zone economy if deflation risks emerge across the 17-country region. The FT reports.

  • Fund Threatens to Sue Over Greek Bond Losses Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 2:19 AM ET

    One of the most prominent hedge funds holding Greek bonds has threatened legal action against officials negotiating the country’s debt restructuring if losses are too deep, raising a hurdle to euro zone leaders’ hopes of quickly reducing the country’s debt levels. The FT reports.

  • Strong Take Up of ECB Loans Expected Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 3:36 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The ECB is expected to report strong demand for an offer of unlimited three-year loans after banks were urged to take the funds as part of concerted efforts to ease severe strains across the euro zone’s financial system. The FT reports.

  • Money In Motion: Short Euro Too Crowded?  Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 5:34 PM ET

    Expect a short-term euro rally to $1.33 versus the U.S. dollar, says Willie Williams, Societe Generale, with the trade on the euro.

  • Gartman: Gold Above $1,605 Would Interest Me  Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 5:17 PM ET

    The Fast Money traders with the trade on Red Hat. Also, the play on gold, with Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, who says he remains neutral on the precious metal. And the trade on Sprint and whether it was worth it for AT&T to take the hit.

  • ECB President Draghi Warns on Euro Zone Break-Up Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 7:27 AM ET
    Mario Draghi

    Mario Draghi has warned of the costs of a euro zone break-up, breaching a taboo for a president of the ECB, even as he sought to play down market expectations about the bank’s role in combating the sovereign debt crisis. The FT reports.

  • Noyer Takes Swipe at British Economy Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 1:28 AM ET
    France Finance minister Francois Baroin (R) poses next to US Finance minister Timothy Geithner (L) eyed by French central bank governor Christian Noyer on October 14, 2011 at the 'Cite de L'Architecture' in Paris, prior to a working dinner, on the first day of the G20 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors.

    The governor of France’s central bank has said Britain is more deserving of losing its top-notch credit rating than France as Paris braces itself for a potential downgrade of the country’s triple A status.

  • EFSF Considers Euro Warning Clause Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 12:58 AM ET

    A draft prospectus prepared for the latest euro zone bail-out instruments includes explicit warnings to investors that the euro could break apart or even cease to be a “lawful currency” entirely. The FT reports.

  • CNBC Explains: Quadruple witching Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 3:47 PM ET

    Witching hour may sound like a bar promotion on Halloween night, but it's really three important time periods for investors and the markets. So what are they and how do they impact investors? CNBC explains.

  • A Disastrous Failure At the Summit Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 12:47 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. That was my reaction to the outcome of last week’s meeting of the European Union’s Council. Many focused their attention, understandably, on the decision by David Cameron, UK prime minister, to veto a new treaty. The FT reports.

  • FSA Seeks Ban on Hostile Bank Buy Outs Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 12:55 AM ET

    Hostile bank takeovers should be outlawed as part of a package of reforms needed to avoid a repeat of the catastrophic failings at Royal Bank of Scotland, the chairman of the Financial Services Authority has urged after releasing a long-delayed report into the the bank’s collapse. “[They] should either be completely banned or the regulator should have the power to block them,” Lord Turner told the Financial Times.

  • Treasury Sells $32B In 3-Year Notes  Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 1:30 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve will have a policy meeting tomorrow. Discussing expectations for the rest of the week's bond auctions, with Jack Bouroudijan, Index Futures Group CEO.

  • EU Banks Slash Sovereign Holdings Saturday, 10 Dec 2011 | 8:04 AM ET

    Europe’s banks have slashed their holdings of sovereign debt issued by the peripheral nations of the eurozone, selling 65 billion euro ($87 billion) of it in just nine months. The FT reports.

  • Lloyds Chief Is Having to Apply For Own Job Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 12:56 AM ET

    Lloyds Banking Group’s chief executive António Horta-Osório is having to reapply for his own job as doctors prepare to give him the go-ahead to return to work from sick leave.

  • 'Legal Loan Sharks' Target UK's Working Poor Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 5:36 AM ET
    business check

    US lenders pushing short-term loans that charge up to 5,000 per cent interest per year are targeting low-income UK borrowers abandoned by high street banks.  The Financial Times reports.

Futures Now

  • Investors often think stimulative central bank policies will boost gold. But the ECB may actually put a damper on gold.

  • Marc Chandler says that the euro will continue to sink against the dollar. But that doesn't mean we're witnessing some "currency war."

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis and the Futures Now Traders weigh in on the bounce back in the S&P as stocks surge after the ECB's QE decision and markets digest earnings. And Iourio has a mini-trade that targets the S&P at 2060.

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