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"Europe needs a two-speed euro," Dr Gerard Lyons, chief economist at Standard Chartered, said on CNBC, "You don't have any room for flexibility, any room for manoeuver and that's why here at Davos, one of the big worries that people have is that this European problem is going to run."
Eric Schmidt, Google executive chairman, explains that the world economies feel sluggish due to a lack of demand, with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.
Banking leaders are sounding off on the road ahead for Europe and the industry overall.
Interest rates and consumer prices in the U.S. are lower than they would be if there wasn't uncertainty in Europe, says Peter Schiff, Euro Pacific Capital. "Fundamentally things will move slow but the direction is positive," adds Robert Zagunis, Jensen Quality Growth Fund.
Should investors be worried about U.S. banks if Greece does default? JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon isn't concerned. He told CNBC the direct impact would be zero. Neil Weinberg, American Banker, discusses whether Dimon is right.
Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackerman says he thinks nothing is going wrong with negotiations on Greek debt problems and a solution is very close. Ackerman says a default in Greece would be damaging because people underestimate the collateral damages that include the payment system within the central bank and exposure to Greek companies, not just a sovereign consequence. He adds that Deutsche Bank reduced its risk to sovereign debt early on.
CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports the U.S. markets pare early gains. Weekly jobless claims up but still under 400,000. Netflix surges following blowout quarterly earnings. Caterpillar profits jumps 58 percent. But AT&T posts a quarterly loss of $1 billion even though revenues beat the Street.
European markets close higher on the heels of yesterday's Fed announcement. Miners lead the markets higher. Talks between Greece and private sector debt holders resume today. The euro touches a five-week high against the U.S. dollar. Italy sees solid demand at auction for 2-year debt. Lagarde says that if necessary, the public sector should participate in debt reduction. With Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann.
"I am trying to limit the number of variables that I am betting on," says William Browder, Hermitage Capital Management CEO, who says banks in Europe currently have a zero percent interest rate when they should be a six percent.
US stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street today which will add about 0.2 per cent, reaching its highest point since July, after the Federal Reserve indicated on Wednesday that interest rates were likely to remain at near zero until at least 2014. Europe is following a 1 per cent gain for the FTSE Asia-Pacific index, where trading was again thinned by holidays in China, Australia and India, and the FTSE Eurofirst 300 is up 0.8 per cent.
US futures point to Wall Street opening higher. European shares rose today halting two days of losses, after the U.S. Federal Reserve said interest rates would remain low for a considerably longer period than expected and it was ready to offer additional stimulus to boost economic growth. Asian shares firmed on the same news.
George Soros, Soros Fund Management chairman, explains why the European debt crisis could be worse than the 2008 crisis in the U.S. While Europe has a common central bank, he points out, it has no common Treasury. By contrast, the U.S. had the authorities in place to deal with its financial crisis in 2008, he tells CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.
CNBC's Steve Liesman asks Fed chief Ben Bernanke about the recent strength of economic data, and whether the Fed is baking in further quantitative easing. "We are hoping the strength we saw in the fourth quarter will continue in 2012," says Bernanke.
Greek creditors are meeting in Paris just as IMF head Christine Lagarde says the ECB should share in the losses of Greek debt, with CNBC's Brian Sullivan.
Nasdaq gets an Apple boost, as investors react to Apple earnings. The Dow and S&P are down on the day after the President's State of the Union. Apple surpasses ExxonMobile as the world's most valuable company. Boeing beats estimates but offers weak guidance.
European markets close mostly down over ongoing concerns over a Greek debt deal. Billionaire George Soros says we need to strengthen Italy & Spain. Telecom shares fall after Ericsson misses sales and profit forecasts. German business sentiment rises for the third straight month. Treasury sells $35 billion in 5-year notes at yield of .899 percent.
CNBC's Rick Santelli reacts to President Obama's State of the Union address, and says he was glad to hear President Obama mention natural gas..
The turning point in the Europe crisis was when the ECB made a very American-like step by lending 450 billion euros and providing liquidity to the banking system, says Roger Altman, Evercore Partners.
US stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street today as corporate and political leaders began a three day summit in Davos, Switzerland and after US President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union speech to paint himself as the champion of the middle class, by demanding higher taxes for millionaires and tight reins on Wall Street. European shares fell, weighed down by the tech sector after a sharp post-results decline for World No.1 mobile gear maker Ericsson, and as investors worried that Greece may face a disastrous default.
Forecast-busting results from Apple have triggered a bounce in US stock futures and sparked a return to bullish form for global risk assets after a brief hiatus on worries about tortured Greek debt negotiations. However European shares were lower in early trade today, weighed by the tech sector after a sharp post-results decline for Ericsson and a disappointing UK GDP figure. Asian shares rose on Apple's earnings, stabilizing European money markets and falling euro zone debt yields, with investors shifting their focus from Europe to the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Bitcoin fans learnt that one of the virtual currency's exchanges will enforce customer verification checks from Thursday.
Google is challanging Apple's iPhone with MotoX, the FT reports.
The recent move by the Swiss government to allow banks to sidestep secrecy laws won't prevent them from depositing money in the country.
Jose Vinals, director of the Monetary and Capital Markets department at the IMF, stresses that while Europe has started to recover, more needs to be done on fiscal policy and banking regulations.
Morten E. Astrup, founding partner at Storm Capital Management, explains that the Norwegian high-yield market is outperforming its U.S. counterpart and should continue to do so for another couple years.
Marcus Ashworth, head of fixed income at Espirito Santo Investment Bank, says that while Italy's Prime Minister Letta is in a strong position, there will be "constant scares" as the economy remains a real problem.