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  • CNBC's Ross Westgate reports European shares traded sharply lower, with Italian stocks the worst performers as political deadlock gripped the euro zone's third-largest economy.

  • Vivendi Stumbles on Asset Sales; Shares Drop Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 5:06 AM ET
    Vivendi's Chief Administrative Officer Philippe Capron

    Entertainment-to-telecoms conglomerate Vivendi said on Tuesday it could give no full-year group outlook until it had more clarity on key asset sales, prompting its shares to slip.

  • Italian Uncertainty Set to Go On: Expert     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    Tina Fordham, senior political analyst at Citi, tells CNBC that a combination of the Italian constitution and political maneuvering mean uncertainty is likely to drag on for months.

  • Will the Market Fall Continue?     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 4:30 AM ET

    Simon Maughan, financials sector strategist at Olivetree Financial Group, tells CNBC that the markets won't react too negatively to the Italian elections, beyond the initial immediate dip, because the ECB are not yet concerned enough to step in.

  • Election 'Worst Case Scenario': Expert     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 4:00 AM ET

    Marco Cristofori, head of equity department at Centrobanca, tells CNBC why investors should steer well of getting involved with anything which is exposed to Italy as he expects a 10% market slowdown.

  • Go Long British Pound vs. Euro: UBS     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 3:35 AM ET

    Mark Haefele, head of investment at UBS Wealth Management, tells CNBC that the long-term trade is long British pound versus Euro.

  • Steve Sedgwick asks what now for Italy, as markets react to the news of an inconclusive election result.

  • Why Italy’s Stalemate Could Mean Chaos for Euro Zone Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 3:09 AM ET

    Political deadlock in Italy could provoke upheaval in the euro zone economy, as well as in the currency and equity markets, analysts told CNBC.

  • Sea of Red for European Stocks     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 3:00 AM ET

    Karen Cho takes you through the European market open, where stocks have dropped on the inconclusive Italian election result.

  • No Majority Possible in Italy: Expert     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 2:30 AM ET

    Alberto Martinelli, professor of Political Science at Universita' La Statale, tells CNBC there is no majority possible in Italy even with Mario Monti.

  • Gerry Fowler, global head of equity & derivative strategy at BNP Paribas, tells CNBC that the Italian vote is a blow for further European integration.

  • Scientists Claim 72 Is the New 30 Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 1:55 AM ET

    Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, said progress in lowering the odds of death at all ages has been so rapid since 1900 that life expectancy has risen faster than it did in the previous 200 millennia since modern man began to evolve from hominid species. The Financial Time reports.

  • Stephane Richard, CEO of France Telecom-Orange, tells CNBC that the European telecoms industry is weak, pays too much tax and needs a digital strategy.

  • Bundesbank Tells France to Stick to Budget Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 1:33 AM ET
    Jens Weidmann

    Germany's central bank has called on France to stick to its EU-mandated budget deficit target, saying that any slippage by such a eurozone heavyweight would further undermine confidence in the bloc's fiscal discipline. The Financial Times reports.

  • Italy 'Hung, Drawn and Quartered' by Deadlock Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 1:20 AM ET

    European markets are braced for a sell off on Tuesday as Italy's election results could result in a political deadlock, causing economic chaos and further damage to the euro zone.

  • The Euro Crisis Has Not Gone Away: Strategist     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 1:05 AM ET

    Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank, tells CNBC that market euphoria has been disconnected from the fundamentals and the Italian election is a wakeup call.

  • Euro Zone Problems Are Not Over     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    Olivier d'Assier, Managing Director, Europe and Asia at Axioma says risks in the euro zone remain and problems within Italy will probably stay for another 3 to 4 months.

  • Election Returns in Italy Point to Deadlock Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 10:23 PM ET
    At the center-right Democrats headquarters on February 25, 2013 in Rome, Italy.

    Italy faced political deadlock on Tuesday after a stunning election that saw the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement of comic Beppe Grillo become the strongest party in the country.

  • Peripheral Bonds: Yay or Nay?     Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 10:20 PM ET

    Simon Grose-Hodge, Head of Investment advisory, Singapore at LGT Bank tells CNBC why one should buy European equities and steer clear of peripheral bonds.

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