Foreign Exchange


  • Markets are mostly down across Europe, weakened by reports of euro zone country downgrades by S&P. France & Austria ratings are expected to be downgraded a notch, from AAA. Ratings cuts do not include Germany, according to Reuters. The euro vs. dollar is at its lowest level since August 2010. And Greek negotiators are less optimistic about avoiding a default. With James Bianco, Bianco Research, and Jacques Cailloux, RBS.

  • Euro Sinks, China Reserves Dip Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 8:32 AM ET

    Italy's bond sale disappoints and the Swiss franc is rich - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Yields in a 3-year auction of Italian bonds fell, boosting European stocks. The yield came down to 4.83% from 5.62%, lowest since September 2011. But analysts said demand could have been slightly better, after an auction of Spanish debt on Thursday saw very robust demand from investors.

  • In the US stock index futures are broadly flat but Dow futures are up about 15 points on optimism about a solution to the euro zone debt crisis. In Europe, banks lead shares higher ahead of an Italian bond auction. Yields are down across the board after two successful auctions of Spanish and Italian debt on Thursday. Asian markets were mostly higher as a result of Thursday's successful European debt auctions.

  • How to Trade the Euro's Rise Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 3:18 PM ET

    Respectable bond sales and disappointing U.S. data are pushing the euro higher, and this strategist sees a trading opportunity.

  • The Pattern Trap Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 2:22 PM ET
    The Parent Trap

    Correlations can help you trade, but they can also come back to bite.

  • European shares mixed after weak U.S. economic data this morning. The Bank of England and the ECB leave key rates unchanged. Yields fall sharply in Spain and Italy debt auctions. There are now signs of economic stabilization, according to ECB President Mario Drahi. Recession in euro zone may be less likely, as a result.

  • Analysts on Euro's Low for This Year: $1.20 or Parity Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 8:54 AM ET
    Stacks of 5-Euro bills

    The single European currency is likely to continue its fall even if European Union leaders, including European Central Bank officials, agree on a solution to the debt crisis, according to analysts.

  • Euro Lifts, But European Central Bank News Awaits Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 8:14 AM ET

    A Spanish bond sale lifts the euro, but the European Central Bank meeting is the real headliner - time for your FX Fix.

  • European Equities See Gains     Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 6:12 AM ET

    European markets see gains across the board as bond yields fall, reports CNBC's Rebecca Meehan.

  • Why the Loonie Is Headed South Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
    Canadian Loons

    Don't look now, but the Canadian dollar could soon have its wings clipped.

  • U.S. Stocks Slide on Worries Over Germany     Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    Stocks edge lower after the S&P 500 hit its 5-month high yesterday. What's holding the markets back? Jeremy Zirin, UBS, and Rick Fier, Conifer Securities, discuss new signs the Germany economy is slowing down.

  • How to Trade the European Central Bank Meeting Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 1:34 PM ET
    Euro coin in front of the giant symbol of the Euro outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank.

    The European Central Bank has its monthly meeting and news conference on Thursday. Here's how to get ready.

  • European markets fall as Fitch says ECB should ramp up bond buying. The euro falls to a 16-month low vs. the dollar following Fitch comments. Italian banking stocks rebound, led by Unicredit. There was strong demand for the sale of German bonds. The German economy shrinks during the 4th quarter. Merkel praises the Italian government for speed of launching reforms. Italian PM Monti warns of austerity exhaustion and says austerity alone will not solve all of his country's problems. A new report calls organized crime "Italy's Biggest Bank." Commercial bank overnight deposits at the ECB hit another record high. Natural gas stocks are weak as natural gas hits its lowest level since September 2009. With Yra Harris, Notes from Underground blog.

  • Gold Is Investors' Favorite Asset in 2012: Poll Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 8:47 AM ET
    Cash and gold

    Gold is investors' favorite asset for 2012, and developed markets are preferred over emerging markets when it comes to putting money in stocks or bonds, according to a poll carried out by Japanese investment bank Nomura.

  • Euro Steadies, Pound Slips, Hungary Talks to the IMF Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 7:40 AM ET

    British trade data disappoints and Fitch offers tough love for the euro - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • German 2011 Q4 GDP Down     Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 6:15 AM ET

    Germany's Q4 GDP fell to .25 percent, reports CNBC's Ross Westgate, who examines the European markets.

  • Major Currencies in a Consolidation Zone     Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    Brian Dolan, Chief Currency Strategist at Forex.com discusses the direction of the euro, and says that it's currently in a consolidation zone, along with other major currencies.

  • Why You Should Buy the Euro Now Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 3:57 PM ET
    Neuchatel, Switzerland

    The Swiss franc rose on the resignation of the Swiss National Bank's chairman, and this strategist sees a trade.

  • Dollar-Reserve Dumping? Not So Much Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 12:21 PM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    Funny what a European debt crisis can do to the appeal of the dollar.