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  • Cubist options unusually active before Merck deal Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 8- Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc options had one of their most active weeks this year last week ahead of Monday's announcement that Merck& Co will buy Cubist for a hefty premium. Merck said it will pay $102 a share for Cubist, 37 percent above the Lexington, Massachussetts, company's closing share price of $74.36 on Friday. Implied volatility jumped to...

  • The ETF has plummeted since the end of September and the most recent sharp drop came on Friday after OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, agreed to stick to its production quota, even in the face of declining oil prices. With OPEC failing to agree on cutting production, the risk that oil prices are headed lower in the short-term is keeping volatility expectations high, said...

  • *Most Asian shares skid, but Japan, China buck downtrend. TOKYO, Nov 28- Oil prices seized the Asian spotlight on Friday, as related shares and currencies plunged in the wake of OPEC's decision to refrain from cutting output despite a supply glut. With U.S. markets shut on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, investors focused on the Organization of Petroleum...

  • Strong technical buying in oil  Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 2:30 PM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports nothing has changed regarding the fundamental picture for oil, and the moves are related to technical buying.

  • *Japan shares buck downtrend on hope for sales-tax hike delay. TOKYO, Nov 12- Japanese stocks scaled seven-year highs on Wednesday, putting the rest of Asia in the shade, buoyed by expectations Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will postpone a planned sales tax hike to avoid damaging a fragile economic recovery. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside...

  • Google nears death cross  Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 5:17 PM ET

    A look at a one-year chart of Google's stock, and key levels which show the stock may be nearing its death cross, with "Fast Money" trader Dan Nathan.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- One-month implied volatility on the rouble- a gauge of expected swings in a currency- surged to new record highs on Friday, as the spot exchange rate shrugged off an outsize 150 basis-point interest rate rise to resume its slide. The absence of any mention of Moscow's plan to move to a currency free float disappointed some traders who had expected...

  • LONDON, Oct 30- European shares turned lower on Thursday as banks in countries such as Italy, Greece and Spain resumed their recent downtrend. Shares in peripheral banks have mostly been falling since the publication of the results of the European Central Bank's stress tests over the weekend. Andrea Enria, the chairman of Europe's banking watchdog- the European...

  • Better days ahead: Pro  Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    Digging through market worries, with Jeff Kilburg, KKM Financial founder, and Kenny Polcari, O'Neil Securities.

  • Selloff over? Insana's take  Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:21 PM ET

    CNBC contributor Ron Insana, discusses the market's correction, and whether the selloff is over.

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 22- China's yuan hit its highest level against the dollar since early March on Wednesday, as the breach of a psychological resistance level sparked follow-through buying, traders said. The yuan was also buoyed by data on Tuesday which showed China's economy did not slow as much as feared in the third quarter, traders said. The currency trimmed some...

  • Off the Charts: Content is king  Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 PM ET

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer goes "off the charts" with Explosive Options founder Bob Lang, for a closer look at entertainment stocks, including Disney and Time Warner.

  • *China lending data beats expectations, lifts Shanghai stocks. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 0.2 percent. Shanghai shares bucked the downtrend and added 0.6 percent after Chinese bank lending data provided a regional bright spot.

  • *China lending data beats expectations, lifts Shanghai stocks. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 0.2 percent. Shanghai shares bucked the downtrend and added 0.6 percent after Chinese bank lending data provided a regional bright spot.

  • FACTBOX-Major U.S. indexes fall through key levels Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    Oct 14- The U.S. market has been hit hard in recent days, with the S&P 500 registering its worst three-day slide since 2011, before buyers emerged on Tuesday. On Monday, the benchmark S&P 500 closed below its 200- day moving average, an important measure of the longer-term trend in the equity market, for the first time since Nov. 16, 2012. "This is the most back-and-forth...

  • *Wall Street stocks tumble for third straight session. NEW YORK, Oct 13- Stocks on Wall Street tumbled in late selling on Monday as the technical picture soured for the S&P 500, while the U.S. dollar posted its worst day in a year after comments from Federal Reserve officials hinted at delays in expected interest rate hikes. "There's been a lot of focus on breaking...

  • *Trade data eases worries over China slowdown. Stronger-than-expected data out of China gave the bulls some respite, but traders remained cautious after numbers out of China and Germany last week pointed to a global slowdown. "The fact we broke 1,900 on the S&P, the 200- day moving average, if we don't close above there today, that means the trip to lower levels is...

  • After the VIX 'super spike,' is the worst ahead?  Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    CNBC.com Finance Editor Jeff Cox explains a bearish call by technical strategist Abigail Doolittle, who's predicting a big surprise drop in the S&P 500.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 7- The dollar fell against the yen for a second straight session on Tuesday, retracing most of its gains posted following last week's robust U.S. nonfarm payrolls report, but the decline came as no surprise after five straight weeks of rises. "While some shorter-term charts suggest the dollar rally may finally take a breather this week, the fundamental...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- U.S. stocks ended flat in a volatile session on Thursday as energy stocks rebounded and investors bought beaten-down shares, especially small caps. Earlier, it had briefly dipped below its 150- day moving average, a level it hasn't closed below since November 2012. The CBOE Volatility Index, Wall Street's favored gauge of investor anxiety, closed at...