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The setback on the Greek austerity plan is sapping euro strength.
CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports on U.S. markets and their down day, mostly in response to Greek austerity and economic data. The VIX is back over 20 for the first time this month. Activision beats the Street and boosts its dividend, but NPD data on game sales drives stock down. LinkedIn handily beats the Street and jumps 14 percent.
Markets in Europe are mostly down as Greek opposition to the austerity plan heats up. Bank stocks are among the biggest losers. Spain approves sweeping labor market reforms. Four Greek ministers resign in protest over the new austerity package. Greece's police union threatens to issue arrest warrants for EU, IMF officials.
Greek drama staggers on, and risk appetite sags - it's time for your FX Fix.
Stock index futures pointed to losses for Wall Street at the open after euro zone finance ministers withheld further aid for Greece and demanded more cuts in return for a second bailout. European shares also fell on Friday, dragged lower by banks.
S&P 500 futures point to New York stocks declining 0.5 per cent at the opening bell. European shares also fell today, dragged lower by banks on concerns about the outcome of the euro zone debt crisis after finance ministers imposed further conditions before approving a rescue package for Greece. Asian shares ended lower as investors remained concerned about Greece's commitment to debt restructuring.
Greek political leaders said they had clinched a deal on economic reforms and spending cuts needed to secure a second bailout, but euro zone finance ministers demanded more measures and a parliamentary seal of approval before providing the aid.
The euro shrugged news of a Greek debt deal, but this strategist thinks the fun isn't over.
U.S. markets are mixed on the day, after opening higher on the Greek agreement. Cisco shares lower, but up nearly 50 percent since last August. And Pepsico is down nearly 4 percent after it refers to 2012 as a "transition year." And Diamond Foods takes a major hit after announcing it's getting rid of two top executives over improper accounting.
These strategists say the Australian and New Zealand dollars could be headed for a fall.
Greek political leaders agree on austerity measures and warn there will be a "social uprising" over the agreement. As a result, the markets in Europe end the day higher, but off the day's best levels. The ECB and Bank of England leave key interest rates unchanged. The Bank of England adds 50 billion pounds to quantitative easing program. And Spanish government bond yields rise as new issue tempers demand.
Greek talks go down to the wire, and central banks hold steady - it's time for your FX Fix.
Stock index futures pointed to a flat open for Wall Street today as investors looked ahead to talks to secure a new bailout for Greece as well as a policy decision by the European Central Bank. In Europe, shares were higher in morning trade on hopes that a second bailout deal for Greece was in the making, with the country's finance minister on his way to Brussels for a meeting with other euro zone finance ministers.
Eswar Prasad, Senior Fellow & New Century Chair in International Economics, Brookings Institution talks about China's economic outlook and Beijing's efforts to make the yuan a more internationally accepted currency.
Greek crisis? What Greek crisis? Near term, this strategist likes the euro.
In the U.S., markets are slightly lower after hitting a 3.5-year closing high, as investors wait for news out of Greece. Disney and Ralph Lauren are up on consumer spending. McDonald's is down in spite of better than expected global sales for January. And Cisco and Groupon trade lower ahead of earnings later today.
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The strategy for the euro as rates hits its highest levels in two months on hopes that Greece is closer to resolving its debt issues, with MacNeil Curry, Bank of America Merrill Lynch head FX & rates technical strategy.
Greek hopes persist and the Australian and New Zealand dollars are lifting off - time for your FX Fix.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street on Wednesday, with investors positioning for a favorable resolution to the Greek sovereign debt crisis. European stocks rose in morning trade, breaking a two-day losing streak, thanks to a string of upbeat corporate outlooks and as investors bet that Greece will finally secure the bailout it needs to avoid a chaotic default.