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  • The German business confidence index (Ifo) declined to the lowest levels since August 2005, increasing concerns about a weakening Europe. The dollar has popped to its highest levels of the year. And Russia's stock market is down 5 percent to its lowest levels in six years, as most European countries are signaling they will not recognize the breakaway states of Georgia.

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  • The Dow shed 1.6 percent, putting it dangerously close to bear territory, as a fresh wave of worries about fallout from the mortgage crisis slammed financials.

  • Stocks opened mixed Monday as oil retreated and geopolitical concerns eased but financials suffered from a fresh wave of concerns.

  • Good news -- for bears: The markets are still heading lower, according to Kirby Daley, senior strategist at the Newedge Group. He tells CNBC that investors are being overly optimistic when it comes to equities -- because the U.S. economy isn't even close to a recovery

  • Stocks opened mixed Monday as oil retreated and geopolitical concerns eased but financials suffered from a fresh wave of concerns.

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    Mining giant BHP Billiton, bidding for rival Rio Tinto in what would be the world's second-biggest takeover, posted a 30 percent rise in half-year profit on Monday, boosted by Chinese demand.

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  • European shares ended a choppy session in positive territory on Thursday as a recovery in commodity prices helped energy and mining shares and fears over price pressures were partially quelled by U.S. inflation data.

  • European shares dropped on Wednesday as fresh concern about the impact of the credit crunch on the banking sector hit financial shares, while a late spike in the oil price rekindled worries about inflation.

  • Commodities and inflation remain the main story, and while stocks are well off their July lows, the advance remains tentative due to concerns about a slower global economy.

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    Acquisitive miner Xstrata unveiled a $10 billion takeover bid for the world's third-biggest platinum producer Lonmin, aiming to diversify its business from industrial metals such as copper.

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    BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, reported strong quarterly production gains on Wednesday led by copper and iron ore, but warned of a looming decline from the world's biggest copper mine.

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    Australia, the world's biggest per head polluter, unveiled plans on Wednesday to rein-in greenhouse gas emissions, but said it would shield some companies and motorists from a carbon emissions trading scheme expected to drive up inflation.

  • The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation on Friday into BHP Billiton's $170 billion unsolicited bid for rival miner Rio Tinto, with prices of iron ore already soaring.

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    Australia will increase its scrutiny of foreign investments in Australian mining companies, Treasurer Wayne Swan said on Friday, particularly when the investor is also a major customer seeking a majority stake.

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    Australia's trade deficit came in much as expected in May, but April's shortfall was revised to show the first surplus since 2002 thanks to huge price increases for the country's iron ore exports.

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