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  • Microsoft Fined $731 Million for Broken Promise Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 6:37 AM ET
    Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer.

    The European Union fined Microsoft Corp 561 million euros ($731 million) for failing to offer users a choice of Web browser, an unprecedented sanction that will act as a warning to other firms involved in EU antitrust disputes.

  • Watch Out: Sterling May Get ‘Smoked,’ HSBC Warns Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 6:19 AM ET
    Pound Sterling Symbol

    The decline of sterling has been much faster and more aggressive than expected and it is set to continue, David Bloom at HSBC told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Telecoms Move European Shares Higher   Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 6:08 AM ET
    Telecoms Move European Shares Higher

    CNBC's Kelly Evans has the top business news headlines from Europe, including reports Vodafone is in talks with communications company Verizon.

  • Take Chips Off the Table, Catastrophe Brewing: Pro Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 3:34 AM ET

    Bonds, equities and the pound are heading towards a "catastrophe", according to technical analysis by Charles Nenner, founder and head of research of the Charles Nenner Research Center which focuses on the cycle analysis of markets.

  • Europe Data Could Halt Market Climb: Expert   Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 3:00 AM ET
    Europe Data Could Halt Market Climb: Expert

    Gervais Williams, MD of Miton Group, tells CNBC that poor European data could well prompt setbacks in the market from current record highs.

  • Europe Property Investors Rediscover Risk Appetite Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 2:10 AM ET
    London

    European property investors are regaining their appetite for riskier assets, as fears over the euro zone's economic stability ease and sought-after properties in the best neighborhoods become too expensive, a survey showed.

  • President Giorgio Napolitano is considering appointing a new technocrat government led by a non-politician as one way out of Italy's political stalemate, Italian officials said on Tuesday.

  • Monetary Policy Moving Markets   Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 12:45 AM ET
    Monetary Policy Moving Markets

    Dan Scott, Head of Event Driven research at Credit Suisse; Michael McCarthy, Chief Market Strategist at CMC Markets says monetary policy is still the big game changer in markets.

  • StanChart Asia CEO: Focus on Banker Bonuses 'Unfair' Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 11:31 PM ET
    britain standard chartered-2014397571_v2.jpg

    Fresh regulations on banker bonuses is a risk for Standard Chartered, warned CEO of the bank's Asia division, Jaspal Bindra, who said an unfair amount of attention has been paid to the issue.

  • Oil Industry Mulls Next Steps for Venezuela Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 8:41 PM ET
    Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hold an allusive poster while gathering in front of the Military Hospital in Caracas on March 5, 2013, after knowing of their leader's death.

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's death is not likely to result in near-term changes to the Venezuelan oil industry or global energy landscape, but it could ultimately result in political change that would reopen the country's energy industry to foreign investment.

  • Swiss Rethink Relationship With World’s Super-Rich Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 1:11 PM ET
    Geneva, Switzerland

    The zeal with which Swiss citizens backed the curbs on executive pay is just the latest sign that Switzerland's relationship with the ultra-wealthy is beginning to change.

  • Isolated Britain Fails to Avert EU Bank Bonus Cap Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 11:31 AM ET
    City of London

    Britain was left isolated in Europe on Tuesday after it failed to secure backing to water down new EU rules limiting bankers' bonuses, a measure that could threaten London's dominance as a financial center.

  • Europe Shares Close Higher After Upbeat Data   Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 11:30 AM ET
    Europe Shares Close Higher After Upbeat Data

    European shares closed higher on Tuesday after upbeat business data from both the U.S. and Europe.

  • European Markets Close Higher   Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 11:30 AM ET
    European Markets Close Higher

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports upbeat economic data drove stocks higher in Europe today.

  • EU Bonus Caps Will Hurt Banking: Expert   Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 11:05 AM ET
    EU Bonus Caps Will Hurt Banking: Expert

    Jon Terry, partner in reward and compensation at PWC, tells CNBC that caps on bankers' bonuses which will prevent pay from being linked to performance, are undoubtedly a bad thing for the industry.

  • The French Should Worry About France, Not Italy Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 6:37 AM ET
    France Finance Minister, Pierre Moscovici

    France's finance minister has voiced concern about political and economic deadlock in Europe, but analysts warn his own country needs attention urgently.

  • European Shares Extend Gains   Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 6:11 AM ET
    European Shares Extend Gains

    CNBC's Kelly Evans reports better-than-expected economic data pushed markets higher in the euro zone.

  • UK Service Sector Growth More Than Expected Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 5:32 AM ET
    City of London

    Britain's services sector grew more strongly than expected in February and at its fastest pace in five months, suggesting the economy may narrowly avoid a triple-dip recession, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • Warnings for Europe, US From Italy’s Trading Tax Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 4:23 AM ET

    Europe's much-vaunted trading tax hit an early hurdle on Friday, when the introduction of a small-scale version in Italy saw trading volumes plummet. What's more, analysts warn that Italy's new tax will drive investors elsewhere and will fail to raise any revenue.

  • Euro Crisis: Coming Your Way Again Soon? Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 3:07 AM ET
    The Euro Zone Is ‘Shaping Up Quite Well’: Think Tank

    Expect the markets to test Mr Draghi's "pay any price, bear any burden" resolve very soon, at which point markets will correct until and unless euro leaders act fast to introduce the fiscal union necessary to maintain the currency's medium-term viability, writes Professor Moorad Choudhry.

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