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The U. S. markets are down after losing early gains. Financials weigh on the markets and an explosion at an Apple components factory in Shanghai creates concerns over iPad 2 production. Kingdom Holdings invests big in Twitter. And homebuilder sentiment rises for the third straight month, according to the NAHB.
European shares slide as the ECB's Draghi says nothing about bond buying in speech. The ECB's Constancio says a euro zone breakup is unthinkable. Spain's incoming PM wants to reduce the deficit by $21.6 billion. Saab plans to liquidate after a Swedish court accepts its bankruptcy application. Oil stocks fall on weak economic recovery. And ratings agency Fitch says it's skeptical about Europe's ability to tackle its debt crisis. With Keith McCullough, Hedgeye Risk Management.
The Squawk on the Street news team break down the market moving headlines, including the impact on the markets since the death of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il, the new spanish prime minister announcing aggressive deficit cutting targets, and Kingdom Holding's Saudi Prince Alwaleed's investment of $300M in Twitter.
The U.S. is doing okay, says Bob Doll, BlackRock. Meanwhile, in China, inflation is "finally" falling. "Don't get too concerned when things get bad out there," he adds.
The European markets await euro zone news but rebound after a slow start. Italy's markets have a strong day and the UK struggles to get back into positive territory. Swedish Auto is down by 66 percent after Saab files for bankruptcy. And the euro is under pressure as the ECB announces it will launch a 3 year liquidity operation on Wednesday.
U.S. futures are mixed. More gainers than decliners in Europe even though Fitch says a solution to the crisis is technically and politically beyond reach. The ECB announces plans to launch a 3 year liquidity operation on Wednesday. The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong il shakes already nervous Asian markets, as his son Kim Jong un takes over.
Will financials outperform in 2012? And how should you play gold's plunge to seven-week lows? CNBC's Sue Herera gives a recap of what CNBC guests had to say about the markets this week.
A potential decoupling between the U.S. and the rest of the world could benefit American equities, with Philip Tasho, TAMRO Capital CIO/CEO.
Checking on the markets, with Joe Greco, Meridian Equity Partners; Tom Reilly, SCS Commodities; and Jim Luorio, TJM Institutional Services.
Discussing the day's early gains, with Rob Stein, Astor Asset Mgmt. founder, and Sarat Sethi, Douglas C. Lane & Associates portfolio manager.
CNBC's Brian Sullivan uses two charts to support his argument that U.S. investors need to pay attention to what happens in Europe, even if they're tired of the often-conflicting headlines.
CNBC's Mandy Drury reports the U.S. markets are positive, for now. The lower dollar and stronger euro are helping push things today. Financials, industrials and materials are all higher. Adobe is up after a good earnings report, but Zynga fell below its $10 IPO price in early trading. Meanwhile, things continue to be Rough for RIMM after it delays its remake till the end of 2012.
European shares are mixed in thin trading. Mining shares rally along with metal prices. Monti wins Italian confidence vote on austerity measures. The EU and IMF break off informal aid talks with Hungary. Britain says it plans to attend talks on a European fiscal pact. And a vote to withdraw German support for ESM fails. With JJ Kinahan, Think or Swim.
The dollar strength years ago was something we always wanted but now there is nowhere to hide when the dollar gets this strong, given this current environment, says Bob Iaccino, YourTradingRoom.com, who adds that there might be a Santa Claus rally, but it will be shorter.
Miners lead European shares higher. Bank stocks react to the Fitch downgrade with something of a yawn. Yields fall across the board in the bond markets. Monti faces an Italian confidence vote on austerity and the euro rebounds slightly.
U.S. futures are up following yesterday's gains. European shares rise, led by mining stocks. Fitch downgrades Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas and Barclays. The euro is off its 11-month low. Italian PM Monti faces a confidence vote on a 33 billion euro austerity package. And gold rebounds while crude stays steady. In Asia, better-than-expected U.S. economic data lifts the markets in a mixed session.
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.
China and Brazil face opposite problems and should take tips from each other, according to Capital Economics.
News that the Swedish capital of Stockholm has been hit by three nights of rioting has come as a surprise.
Even as Apple faced a grilling from lawmakers over its tax avoidance schemes, two more companies revealed they would move to lighten their tax burden.
Harry Tchilinguirian, head of commodities market strategy at BNP Paribas, tells CNBC that continued QE by the US Fed, a pickup in the Chinese economy and a continued squeeze on Iranian production will drive oil up.
Louisa Bojesen takes you through the European market close, where stocks have come in lower.
Carlos Caicedo, head of Latin America at Exclusive Analysis, tells CNBC that Brazil has already had one trillion of investment in preparation for the World Cup and Olympics.