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The dollar slipped to a six-week low on Monday as soft U.S. economic data stood in contrast to better figures out of the euro zone and China.
The CEO and Chairman of Commerzbank has told CNBC its fourth-quarter earnings were "solid," but warned investors not to expect a dividend in 2014.
Recent announcements from the Fed have not pushed the dollar up as much as hoped, while the Aussie and the Swedish crown dived as well.
The European Commission has outlined plans to crack down on banks' risky trading activities in an effort to put an end to lenders deemed "too big to fail."
Rising U.S. oil production will help neutralize supply disruptions from Libya and Iraq, making global markets less vulnerable to price shocks.
European equities closed sharply lower on Tuesday after disappointing data from the euro zone and increased concerns about tapering.
European equities closed flat on Thursday, despite initially rallying after the ECB cut its main interest rate.
Commerzbank posted a 15 percent rise in quarterly net profit as it set aside less cash to cover ailing loans held in its restructuring division.
Willie Walsh will head the board responsible for setting debt and investment targets as Ireland reenters financial markets after a bailout.
Gold bulls pressed the case for gold as an alternative to an embattled U.S. dollar amid still fragile economic growth and debt of over $17 trillion.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday with investor sentiment still subdued as concerns weighed about U.S. borrowing.
Benchmark oil prices will likely extend their declines this week as Iran's leadership adopts a more moderate stance towards the West.
European shares closed higher on Thursday following better-than-expected trade numbers from China, signaling tentative signs of an economic recovery.
Commerzbank Chief Financial Officer Stephan Engels said the default of Detroit had dented second-quarter earnings, adding that the lender had made "adequate" provisions.
Spain's Banco Santander has considered investing in Commerzbank, Germany's second-biggest bank, the daily Die Welt reported.
European shares closed higher on Monday as investors breathed a sigh of relief following the release of second-quarter Chinese growth data.
Germany approached Swiss Bank UBS to discuss selling the government's stake in Commerzbank, a magazine reported over the weekend.
Germany's banking system is one of the worst in the world, according to Paul Gambles, managing partner at advisory firm MBMG International, who told CNBC that Deutsche Bank is over-leveraged and is an accident waiting to happen.
Benchmark oil prices are set to decline further this week after the Fed's Chairman put markets on notice last Thursday that they will be weaned off the "easy-money" policies.
German lender Commerzbank will shed more than 5,000 jobs as part of its cost cutting program, a person familiar with the negotiations told Reuters on Tuesday.