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Three men have been arrested in London in connection with a probe into insider dealing and market abuse.
Senior Bank of England policymaker Charles Bean added his voice on Wednesday to skepticism about the idea of the central bank targeting a mix of inflation and growth but said it would be sensible to review the bank's policy framework.
Peter Chatwell, interest rate strategist at Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, tells CNBC that he expects a 5% yield to tempt domestic demand in the Italian bond auction which should see recent panic subside.
Carolin Roth takes you through the European market open, where stocks have come in higher on the Federal Reserve comments.
They find the language difficult and the locals as chilly as the weather but for young Spaniards Berlin has become a popular spot to sit out the economic crisis at home.
Over the past week, risk appetite has soured following a political stalemate in Rome and anxiety over the upcoming U.S. "sequester" spending cuts, but strategists told CNBC that there is a way to trade this panic.
The European parliament and EU states could agree on Wednesday to impose caps on bankers' bonuses, a measure that would channel public fury at financial sector greed, but which opponents say marks a reckless overreach by Brussels.
Heimo Scheuch, CEO of brick maker, Wienerberger, tells CNBC that they expect the North American housing market to offset Europe in 2013.
Barclays is set to reveal the number of staff who earned above 1 million pounds ($1.5 million) last year, in a push for transparency that could turn the bank into a trailblazer for the sector, the FT reports.
The U.K. has a plateful of economic problems to contend with right now. A 1-notch downgrade to its credit rating isn't one of them, writes Moorad Choudhry.
Tom Rogers, senior economic adviser at Ernst & Young says that investors are very focused on Italy and waiting for some political clarity.
Guy Stear, Head of Research for Asia Pacific at Société Générale says the Italian problem will continue to linger on.
Kelvin Tay, Regional CIO for Southern APAC at UBS Wealth Management, warns that equity markets are set for a choppy ride in the coming months.
There are many issues for investors to worry about, but Cramer thinks there is still opportunity out there.
How the Italian election is impacting the markets, with Mike Thompson, S&P Capital IQ, and Mark Freeman, Westwood Holdings Group. "Europe and Italy will continue to be a mess for a while," says Freeman.
Some people have brought religion into the debate over America's aversion to eating horse meat. But really, it's just economic common sense.
Vladimir Putin may not be able to keep Bashar Al-Assad in power completely, but he may have formulated a plan to save the Middle Eastern strongman -- and boost Russia's power in the region, to boot, reports Oilprice.com.
Euro zone shares sank to three month lows on Tuesday after an Italian election stalemate renewed concerns about the future of the single currency area.
Nasser Marafih, CEO of Qatari Qtel, discusses the rebranding of his company as "Ooredoo", a move that was announced this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
ECB's Draghi avoided a financial contagion in 2012, promising to do "whatever it takes" to defend the euro, but analysts say the policymaker also thereby created the very conditions that led to Italy's leadership vacuum.
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Moritz Kraemer, chief rating officer for sovereign ratings at Standard & Poor's, says that the rise of euro-skepticism in Germany could mean the government hardens its stance.
European shares closed lower on Tuesday, after weak economic data weighed on sentiment and new tax rules in the U.S. hit the pharmaceutical sector.
Ulrich Grillo, president of the BDI says that without an additional 50 to 80 billion euros ($64-103 billion) in investments, Germany's future "is risky".