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US stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street Friday despite Fitch Ratings downgrade of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and five other large banks based in Europe and the US, citing "increased challenges" in the financial markets.
As yields on U.S. Treasurys have dropped to the lowest levels since October, the "Fast Money" traders looked for yield elsewhere.
Nathan Sheets, Citi sr. global economist, discusses whether America's economy is like a fortress that can protect the U.S. against overseas turmoil. CNBC's Steve Liesman also weighs in.
A look at where investors should position themselves with the two weeks to go until the new year as the IMF warns of a worsening European debt crisis, with Kate Moore, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research senior global equity strategist.
A look at how currency traders are preparing themselves after the S&P warning that a credit downgrade could be on the horizon for some of Europe's AAA-rated sovereigns, with Andy Busch, BMO Capital Markets.
The price of oil drops to its lowest level this month, with John Hofmeister, Shell Oil former president/CEO of U.S. operations, who discusses why concerns in Europe are weighing so heavily on oil prices.
The U.S. markets are positive on the heels of positive economic data that's outweighed the negatives from Europe. The only cautious note is that while manufacturing is improving, U.S. companies are staying lean.
European markets have a mostly green day after upbeat U.S. economic data -- insurance stocks are among the day's best performers. Credit Agricole falls after Fitch downgrades its long-term rating. Italy calls for a Friday confidence vote in effort to speed up austerity passage. And the IMF's Christine LaGarde says the world economic outlook is "quite gloomy" and requires action by countries outside the EU. Henry McVey, KKR head of global macro and asset allocation, discusses his investment strategy for a tu
The Squawk on the Street news team take a look at the day's market moving headlines, including FedEx's increase in international domestic shipping, oil and gold's steep sell off, and euro crisis fears continuing to bubble.
European markets rebound, although euro zone concerns remain. Manufacturing data continues to contract. Meanwhile, Spain finds strong demand for bonds even as yields on the 5-year fall. And the euro hits an 11-month low against the dollar.
U.S. futures are up across the board. European manufacturing data continues to contract. Spain sells more than 6 billion euros of government bonds. The euro hits an 11-month low against the dollar. Gold is up slightly today but still down for the week. And Asian markets continue to slide on concerns over Europe and weak economic data.
US stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open despite growing concerns that the euro zone treaty on fiscal integration may be delayed and as investors await domestic economic data for an indication of the direction of the US economy in 2012.
Will European debt concerns continue to spook the markets next year? Rob McIver, The Jensen Fund, and Ted Parrish, Henssler Equity Fund, discuss.
Gold takes a big hit, as concerns over the euro drive down commodities, with CNBC's Sharon Epperson.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the euro's downward move is yet another signal the markets don't believe Europe has a handle on its economic problems.
CNBC's Mandy Drury reports on the third consecutive day in the red for U.S. markets, which have their biggest three-day drop since Thanksgiving week. Investors struggle to shake European concerns, as a stronger dollar slams commodities and energy companies take it on the chin. And First Solar is the biggest loser on the S&P today after it slashes earnings and sees a weak 2012.
Growth worries drag European shares lower as market losses accelerate near the end of the trading day. German Chancellor Angela Merkel again rebuffs pressure for the ECB to intervene decisively. Italy sees a record-high yield of 5.47 percent at a 5-year bond auction. State Street quits as the UK primary dealer. Automakers, miners, and other cyclical stocks are among the day's worst performers. Peter Baum, Essex Manufacturing, talks about the impact of Europe on China with CNBC's Gary Kaminsky. And oil falls along with the euro.
How to trade the euro as it moves lower, with Todd Gordon, Aspen Trading Group co-head of research/trading.
"I don't think the Europeans are anywhere near a debt solution," says Steven Rattner, former managing director, Credit Suisse/former Car Czar, who explains why the U.S. markets are heavily driven by Europe.
Europe finds a low point even though a short-lived gain follows a successful German bond auction. An Italian auction yield sets new euro-era high at 6.47 percent. Mario Monti speaks in the Italian Parliament today, and says German Chancellor Merkel believed the EU agreement would calm markets. And the euro/dollar hits an 11-month low.
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."
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Louisa Bojesen takes you through the European market close, where stocks are sharply lower.
James Bullard, member of the Federal Reserve, tells CNBC why the US economy has taken longer than expected to recover, despite the huge amounts of stimulus.
Jan Randolph, head of sovereign risk at IHS Global, tells CNBC that the financial system is representative of two drunks: the financial markets and the real economy.