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What Investors Should Know in Europe

  • Oil Prices, Dollar May Set Off on New Relationship Friday, 24 May 2013 | 9:42 AM ET

    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"?

  • Choppy Bond Markets Put Japan Banks on Edge Friday, 24 May 2013 | 12:58 AM ET

    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.

  • Japan Bulls Unwavered by Stock Market Rout Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 10:07 PM ET

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

  • Gold Set to Shine Again: Pro Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 6:02 PM ET

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

  • Why Millionaire Investors Are Holding On to Cash Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 10:35 AM ET

    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 Xbox Takes on Apple, Google With Smart TV Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 7:37 AM ET
    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.

  • Rallies End Sometime, but This One May Not End Soon Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 7:34 AM ET
    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.

  • Sterling Slides on Data, IMF Warns UK Over Growth Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 6:38 AM ET
    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 World's Biggest Carry Trades Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 5:22 AM ET

    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.

  • Top 50 Hedge Funds Ditch News Corp. for Boeing Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    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 Prices Tumble on Record Crop Planting Pace Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 8:09 PM ET

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

  • Goldman Sachs: This Rally Will Last Until 2015 Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 4:39 AM ET

    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.

  • South Africa Risks Downgrade as Rand Tumbles Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 1:14 AM ET

    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.

  • Copper and S&P Part Ways—Which Has It Wrong? Monday, 20 May 2013 | 10:55 PM ET

    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.

  • Are Treasurys Falling Out of Favor With China? Monday, 20 May 2013 | 10:38 PM ET

    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.

  • Will Fed Chief Bernanke Snatch the Punch Bowl? Monday, 20 May 2013 | 9:45 AM ET
    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.

  • Central Banks in Focus: Time to Risk It? Monday, 20 May 2013 | 1:39 AM ET

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  • Why This Week Could See Start of Risk-Off Monday, 20 May 2013 | 12:00 AM ET
    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.