CNBC Unpublished Franchises What Investors Should Know in Europe

  • With the world's largest economy suddenly awash in oil and gas, might the U.S. dollar join the ranks of the dollars of Canada and Australia as a "commodity currency"?

  • The volatility in the Japanese government debt market has unnerved investors in domestic banks, with the country's top lenders alone holding an estimated $390 billion worth of these bonds.

  • Japanese equities are falling sharply but optimism over the country's stock market remains unshaken.

  • Gold Set to Shine Again: Pro

    Continued quantitative easing will be supportive of gold, Francisco Blanch says.

  • Survey after survey shows that the wealthy are back to pre-crisis boom years when it comes to their outlook for their own finances, their investments and their retirements. But many of them are still sitting on lots of cash.

  • Microsoft's Xbox One.

    Microsoft unveiled its long-anticipated next generation console Xbox One on Tuesday, but it was its inclusion of live TV, rather than its gaming capabilities that set tongues wagging.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Market rallies have to end sometime for sure, but history suggests the current one, despite its seemingly bloated nature, doesn't have to end soon.

  • Pound coin

    Sterling tumbled following minutes released by the Bank of England and disappointing retail sales, as the IMF warned the U.K. is at risk of "permanent damage" if its growth remains persistently slow.

  • The Bank of Japan's plan to double the country's money supply over the next two years has put the spotlight back on the global carry trade. We've identified some of the biggest carry trades based on either the interest rate differential or their popularity.

  • The world's largest hedge funds have bolstered their equity holding so far this year, adding more to Boeing than any other stock, according to research firm FactSet.

  • Corn futures skidded to multi-week lows on reports that U.S. farmers are catching up with crop plantings.

  • Goldman Sachs has upgraded its target for the S&P 500, forecasting it will climb a further 5 percent to 1750 by year-end, from an initial estimate of 1625.

  • Further unrest in the South African mining sector has increased the chances of another credit rating downgrade, an analyst told CNBC, after worried investors dumped the nation's currency.

  • The big divergence over the past few months in the direction of the S&P 500 and copper, which historically trade in tandem, has one strategist questioning which market is getting it wrong.

  • Reports that China may step up the diversification of its huge foreign exchange reserves is not great news for U.S. Treasurys, already under pressure from talk about an easing in the Fed's bond-buying program.

  • Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Markets are on alert for Fed speak this week, and whether that could finally trigger 'Sell in May.'

  • There are no signs of a turnaround for the euro zone after six straight quarters of recession, and even once mighty Germany is struggling, according to the Royal Bank of Scotland's latest World Economy Barometer.

  • Following the FTSE's rally to its highest level in over five years, Citigroup's Jonathan Stubbs told CNBC that European equities have "rarely" been so appealing to investors.

  • Stocks See Classic Risk-On, Reflation Trade

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  • ECB President Mario Draghi

    The deteriorating economic and political triggers in Europe appear likely to cause a bout of serious risk-off, Mike Gallagher, director of research at IDEAglobal said.