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  • U.S. futures look higher, even after global weakness. German and Italian bond auctions help the European markets. Oil slips ahead of the OPEC meeting. And in Asia, markets slide on choppy trade in Europe and Fed anxieties. The focus continues to be on Europe.

  • FTSE, CAC 40, DAX to Open Lower; Fed Decision Disappoints Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 1:14 AM ET
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    European stocks were called to open lower on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve offered no new stimulus measures at its final meeting of the year and doubts over the euro zone persist.

  • A Disastrous Failure At the Summit Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 12:47 AM ET
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    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.

  • Stock Market Worry Warts?     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 7:45 PM ET

    Will a Fed bailout prompt investors to buy stocks? Brian Kelly, Shelter Harbor Capital, and Steven Cortes, Veracruz founder, discuss whether it's time to get bullish on the market.

  • Europe Blue Chip Stocks Could Drop Another 20%: Charts Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 7:38 PM ET

    There is continued down pressure on the Euro ST 50. The secular trend is down. Short term opportunities exist to trade rallies and retreats in the context of this downtrend. A retest failure of support near 1,980 has a downside support target near 1,800.

  • No Huddle Offense: Good-bye, Jung!     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 6:58 PM ET

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer shares his thoughts on the departure of Avon's CEO, Andrea Jung.

  • Cramer: Oil Services 'Spinal Tap' Bottom?     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 6:55 PM ET

    Mad Money's Jim Cramer turns a technical eye on the OIH charts for investment opportunities in the oil services sector, as interpreted by Scott Redler, T3Live.com.

  • Stocking Stuffer: Saks     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 6:25 PM ET

    The luxury retailer is down 16% year to date, but could this present a buying opportunity for investors? Mad Money's Jim Cramer visits the company's flagship store on Fifth Avenue and speaks to Steve Sadove, Saks CEO about how his business is doing.

  • Offshore Drilling Slapdown: ESV vs. RIG     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 6:15 PM ET

    In this new era of permanently high oil, stick with the best drilling plays like Ensco, says Mad Money's Cramer, and avoid the losers like Transocean.

  • Cramer: We are at DEFCON Two!     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 6:00 PM ET

    Unless we get something substantive from Europe in the next 48 hours, says Mad Money's Jim Cramer, be prepared to raise some cash and keep up your defensive game.

  • Volatility Playbook: No Euro Breakup     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 5:30 PM ET

    A look at volatility bets heading into year's end, with Jon Najarian, TradeMonster.com, co-founder.

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Market Reaction to Fed Statement: 'Yawn'     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 2:27 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli and Bertha Coombs check on the markets after the Fed's statement on interest rates and the outlook for the U.S. economy.

  • Bullish Outlook: China 2012     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 1:40 PM ET

    Has China engineered a "soft landing" steered itself for a bull run in 2012? Jim Oberweis, Asset Mgmt. president, weighs in, saying, "the downside risk is somewhat limited because the government has the balance sheet, if they want to, to make the landing soft."

  • Death of a Bull Market?     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 12:18 PM ET

    As gold hits a seven week low, Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, explains why he is calling the start of a real bear market in gold, and the Fast Money traders take a look at the stocks touching new levels today.

  • After yesterday's drop, the U.S. markets are positive, although German Chancellor Merkel's comments about not increasing the size of the bailout fund have taken out some of the steam. Energy shares are among the leaders, while Best Buy is down as it slashes prices to drive sales in a very competitive market, with CNBC's Mandy Drury.

  • The European rally fades as German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly rejects a bailout fund increase. Oil and gas stocks are among best performers in Europe. U.K. inflation hits an annual rate of 4.8 percent. The euro falls below a key level. And Moody's puts 8 Spanish banks on review for a possible downgrade, with CNBC's Simon Hobbs, Bertha Coombs, Rick Santelli, Gary Kaminsky, Melissa Lee and Stephen Weiss, Short Hills Capital.

  • Investors Clinic: Michel Kappen on Whisky Investment Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
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    The second in a series of special investors clinics for CNBC's alternative investment program, Michel Kappen answers your questions on the whisky investment market

  • Fed's Last Meeting of the Year     Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 8:04 AM ET

    The Fed will most likely try to become more transparent about its objectives and policy strategy and plans, says Laurence Meyer, Macroeconomic Advisers senior managing director/co-founder/former, Federal Reserve governor, who adds that the Fed may announce forward rate guidance.

  • 3M Can Weather Tough Times and Innovate: CEO Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 7:10 AM ET

    U.S. manufacturer 3M is well positioned to deal with a recession in Europe and weak U.S. economic growth and still expects to see sales sales next year 2-6 percent higher than 2011 sales, its chief executive told CNBC on Tuesday.

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