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CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks ahead to what are likely to be next week's top business and financial stories. Christmas is this week and retailers are hoping for a big Super Saturday.

Sony: Goal to release 'The Interview'  Fri, 19 Dec '14 | 5:08 PM ET
Security guards at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, December 11, 2014.

CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports on what was behind Sony's decision to pull "The Interview" and reports the company says it is actively seeking new platforms to release the film.

Top five stories for 2014 are...  Fri, 19 Dec '14 | 7:00 AM ET

CNBC takes a look at the big business stories of 2014

Russia situation 'grave': Ex-ECB President  Thu, 18 Dec '14 | 7:00 PM ET

Former European Central Bank President, Jean-Claude Trichet, says Russia has learned "hard" lessons by the fall of the ruble, but he does not expect the currency to continue to free fall.

Behind the scenes of the 'tedious' EU summit  Fri, 19 Dec '14 | 2:10 AM ET

CNBC's Hadley Gamble takes a look at what it's like to cover a European Union leaders summit, and why the canteen's yellow cake is infamous.

Olly Wehring, managing editor at Just-Drinks, says the popularity of whisky in TV programs such as Mad Men is helping the spirit's fortunes.

The best safe haven currency in 2015 is...  Fri, 19 Dec '14 | 1:10 AM ET

Adam Myers, head of European FX strategy at Crédit Agricole CIB, discusses his top safe haven currency picks in 2015.

Takuji Okubo, Principal and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, explains why he agrees with the Bank of Japan's optimistic economic outlook.

In Asian cities, such as Singapore, people are increasingly opting to holiday close to home, says Abhiram Chowdhry, APAC Vice President at Hotels.com.

JD.com: We want to improve rural China  Thu, 18 Dec '14 | 7:46 PM ET

The partnership with Grameen China NGO to launch a microfinance project aims to improve the lives of Chinese in rural areas, says Nathan Yao, Vice President at JD Finance.

The 8th Extreme Sailing series held the last leg of its world tour in Sydney last week. CNBC's Matthew Taylor got a taste of the action up close and personal.

Beijing reportedly plans to restrict illegal money transfers from China to Macau, as part of its anti-graft drive. Jonathan Galaviz, Partner at Global Market Advisors, says the clean-up will benefit Macau's long term health.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reacts to Sony's decision to pull the movie "The Interview" from theaters. Rudd also discusses the recent deadly siege in a Sydney cafe.

Outlook for the new year  Thu, 18 Dec '14 | 5:00 PM ET

CNBC's Patti Domm takes a look at next year's forecasts and what investors should expect.

UK businesses less negative about EU  Thu, 18 Dec '14 | 7:13 AM ET

As U.K. political parties fight on the country's membership into the EU, a new survey reveals businesses are turning increasingly positive about the Union.

Greek economy on 'virtuous path: Bank boss  Thu, 18 Dec '14 | 3:15 AM ET

Anthimos Thomopoulos, CEO of Piraeus Bank, says markets are overreacting to the political risk in Greece and the economic fundamentals are improving.

Publicis will see growth 'renaissance': CEO  Thu, 18 Dec '14 | 1:45 AM ET

Maurice Levy, CEO of Publicis, says the company will see a "renaissance" of growth in 2014 and will focus on the integration of Sapient.

US will face an 'inflation scare': Pro  Thu, 18 Dec '14 | 1:20 AM ET

Kully Samra, managing director at Charles Schwab, says inflation in the U.S. will rise faster than expected despite downward pressure on energy prices.

Charles Robertson, global chief economist at Renaissance Capital, and Bob Parker, senior advisor at Credit Suisse, discuss how the rise of radical anti-austerity parties across the European Union highlights "political contagion" in the region.

Evgeny Fetisov, CFO of the Moscow Exchange, says investors are waiting for a stable economic environment in Russia but are interested in buying assets in the country.

Michael Klibaner, Regional Director and Head of Research for Greater China at JLL, is optimistic that China's tier-one and tier-two cities will see stability in 2015, but warns of risks in the lower-tier cities.

As the Cuban market remains very small, the thaw in US-Cuba ties won't be a big boost for American firms, says Peter Boockvar, MD and Chief Market Analyst at The Lindsey Group.

The crux for Russia is whether oil recovers over the next 6-9 months because if it doesn't, the Russian economy will crater, says Boris Schlossberg, Managing Director at BK Asset Management.

What was the catalyst for the US rally?  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 6:19 PM ET

The fact that the Fed didn't emphasize recent events like the plunge in oil prices sent a calming message to markets, says Liz Ann Sonders, Chief Investment Strategist & Senior V.P. at Charles Schwab.

Patient Fed doesn't mean dovish Fed: Expert  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 5:19 PM ET

Jeremy Hill, Managing Director at Old Blackheath Companies, says the Fed's new language in its policy statement doesn't mean a change in policy direction.

Sony cancels release of 'The Interview'  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 4:59 PM ET

CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports Sony no longer plans to release "The Interview" on December 25th.

Happy 25th birthday The Simpsons!  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 9:00 AM ET

The Simpsons celebrate their 25th birthday this December and we take a look at the figures behind the world-famous franchise.

Fed will remove 'language', no other changes  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 5:00 AM ET

Discussing the upcoming Fed meeting, Dennis Gartman, founder, editor & publisher of The Gartman Letter says there will be no change from the Fed and it will continue to say inflation is low and unemployment rates are going in the right direction.

Could Greece leave the euro?  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 4:20 AM ET

Ahead of Greece's MPs holding a presidential vote today, Miranda Xafa, CIGI senior scholar and CEO of EF Consulting, comments on Greece's possibility of leaving the euro if its next government messes up negotiations with the Troika.

Volatility back with a vengeance  Wed, 17 Dec '14 | 5:15 AM ET

Discussing how the price of oil is affecting risk appetite, Kit Juckes, global macro strategist at Societe Generale, says that volatility from several sectors, including oil and EM currencies, was suppressed by the U.S.'s quantitative easing, and is now its back with a vengeance.