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    BlackRock President Robert Kapito recommends a balanced portfolio that is 60 percent global, dividend-paying stocks despite a "disheartening" week for the market.

  • President Barack Obama News Conference

    President Barack Obama is expected to meet Friday afternoon with chief executives from Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo, US Bancorp , Xerox Corp , BlackRock and Silver Bridge, according to a source familiar with the plans.

  • Whatever comes out of the debt ceiling talks in Washington, the U.S. is headed toward a period of austerity, BlackRock Chief Equity Analyst Robert Doll told CNBC.

  • Stocks slipped in the final minutes of trading to end lower Wednesday as investors took a breather following a sharp rally in the previous session and amid ongoing jitters over the debt ceiling talks and fears over the euro zone crisis.

  • Stocks lost some ground in the final minutes of trading Wednesday as investors took a breather following a sharp rally in the previous session and after existing home sales tumbled unexpectedly to a seven-month low. 

  • Futures were higher Wednesday on hopes that U.S. lawmakers will reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling and avert a default as well as optimism over company earnings after Apple’s results beat the street.

  • Fast pro Pete Najarian senses market sentiment turning positive. And if the latest moves in the Vix  are any indication, the trend could stick around a while!

  • Larry Fink

    Larry Fink, one of the world's  most high-profile investors, would like to put all his money in equities at the moment.

  • Private Equity Risk

    According to a new index of sovereign risk just released by BlackRock, Norway is the least risky nation on the planet. Read on to find out which other nations round out the Top 5.

  • Great Wall of China

    The Chinese government is engineering a softer landing for the world’s second-largest economy, a fund manager specializing in Asia told CNBC Wednesday.

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    Financial companies have paraded into the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve  to say they are not large or risky enough to threaten the financial system, the New York Times reports.

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    BlackRock's Laurence Fink is not concerned with the current "soft patch" in the U.S. economy or the Dow industrials below 12000.  In the long-term, he believes dividend-paying stocks will be a better investment than bonds.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Friday's Squawk on the Street.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • Banks may have been hit the hardest in Wednesday's sell-off, but one top bank analyst says there are three financials with the potential to pop.

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Investors have looked for signs of a credit bubble in Brazil in recent months, putting pressure on the country’s financials, though that could now be changing. 

  • Gold coins and bar

    Some hedge funds have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in the recent commodity market blow-off and it has certainly reintroduced an element of two-way action back into the trade.

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    Commodity trader Glencore International hit the road Wednesday to pitch its up to $11 billion initial public offering, waving off criticisms that its valuation came in at a disappointingly low price.

  • Some of the biggest names on Wall Street, including Warren Buffett and Jack Welch, are happy bin Laden has been killed.

  • Should Fed End QE2?

    The risk right now to the economy is how do the US will move from both fiscal and monetary stimulus to real growth, Jim Keenan, head of leveraged finance at BlackRock spacer, told CNBC Thursday.