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Concerns over the European debt crisis and jobless claims headed into 2012, Robert Brusca, Fact and Opinion Economics chief economist and Andrew Root, Macquarie Group head of U.S. research weigh in on what investors can expect from the new year.
Sharing investor advice as the Dow and the S&P are on track to end positively and the Nasdaq is poised to close on the negative side, with Jerry Castellini, CastleArk Management and Scott Wren, Wells Fargo Advisors. "We now have a market that is substantially cheaper than it has been, really almost ever," says Castellini.
Sharing insight into currencies and how the euro is faring, with Macneil Curry, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
European shares are mostly higher in the year's final trading day, but finish the year with their biggest annual losses since 2008, with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Bob Pisani & Carl Quintanilla.
Weighing in on the markets, with Yra Harris, Praxis Trading; Frank Lesh, futurepath Trading; and CNBC's Rick Santelli.
Looking ahead of the issues investors will be watching in the year to come, and insight on whether Mitt Romney will be the GOP candidate facing off with Barack Obama, with Ben White, Politico Wall Street correspondent & "Morning Money" author and Boris Schlossberg, GFT Forex.
In the UK, stocks are down. In Italy, insurers lead the way. Overall, construction and industrials are among the best performing European sectors. Euro pressure continues, although the European currency recoups some losses after hitting a 15-month low yesterday. European stocks are set for their worst yearly performance since 2008. And Spain's new prime minister expected to announce billions in new spending cuts.
U.S. futures are down going into the last trading day of 2011. Asian markets are mostly higher on the day, buoyed by signs of improvement in U.S. data. Shanghai shares rise for second straight day. The Nikkei drops 18 percent for the year. In Europe stocks are mostly up even though they're set to record the worst yearly performance since 2008. On the euro's 10th anniversary, it's down against the dollar, and the dollar is down against the yen.
Which bank stocks should investors buy or sell? Sharing advice, with Matthew McCormick, Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel and Brian Foran, Nomura Securities. "If you are going to own stocks, you should get paid for them and we really recommend dividends at this time," says McCormick.
Positive U.S. economic data offset continued euro zone woes, but will fear or fundamentals rule the markets in the new year? Analyzing strategies for playing the current market, with Kevin Mahn, Hennion & Walsh Asset Mgmt. president/CEO and Doug Cote, ING Investment Mgmt. chief market strategist.
Improving growth in the U.S. and the European debt crisis have set the stage for 2012. How should investors position their portfolios? Katie Nixon, Northern Trust Personal Financial Services CIO, weighs in.
CNBC's Bob Pisani and UBS's Art Cashin discuss tepid demand at the Italian bond auction. "What we're seeing today so far is kind of a sigh of relief that it wasn't an absolute disaster," says Cashin.
European shares gain after Italian bond auctions and upbeat economic data in the U.S., with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Bob Pisani & Rick Santelli; Michelle Meyer, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research; and James Koutoulas, Typhon Capital Management CEO.
Several high profile investors made "gutsy" calls in 2011, some which proved successful and others disastrous, with CNBC's Kayla Tausche & David Faber.
CNBC's Rick Santelli analyzes this week's jobless claims, coming in at 381,000 - up 15,000 from last week. Santelli also weighs in on currencies, specifically the euro vs the dollar.
CNBC's Mary Thompson takes a look ahead of the bank stress test scheduled for the first quarter of 2012 and how the revealing of banks' balance sheets will impact business.
European markets are slightly up as the Italian 3-year bond yields 5.62 percent, while the 10-year yield falls to 6.98 from 7.56 for November's auction. Euro pressure continues, with no respite from Italian auction. Chemicals, basic resources among leading European sectors.
U.S. futures are mixed this morning. In Europe, slim gains as markets look to respond to today's 8.5 billion euro Italian 3- and 10-year bond auction. Yields are lower than in November. The euro is down against the dollar. In Asia, markets are also looking to the Italian auction. The euro/yen hits a decade low. And the Shanghai Composite is slightly higher.
Robert Rennie, Joint Head of Market Strategy, Westpac Bank, says even though there is a reasonable degree of liquidity in Europe currently, further weakness of the currency is expected.
Marco Bardelli, Managing Director at BDG Singapore, thinks that although reforms in Italy might gain support, the crisis of solvency in Europe continues unabated.
Joshua Klein, author of Reputation Economics, discusses how emerging technology is changing commerce as online reputation and data allow companies to tailor their offer to individuals.
Richard Mallinson, geopolitical analyst at Energy Aspects, discusses the impact the crisis in Ukraine could have on the price of oil and gas, as major pipelines linking Russia to Europe run through Ukraine.
Yuriy Lutsenko, leader of the Ukrainian Lidan Movement, casts doubts on the new Ukrainian government's ability to change the system and fight corruption.