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The euro is up against the dollar, after a positive bond auction. Insight on what's next, with Willie Williams, Societe Generale institutional derivatives sales.
CNBC's Mandy Drury reports on the U.S. markets, which started up but have since pared some early gains. Financials are up today and up 8 percent year to date. Kodak files for bankruptcy protection. China's short-term lending rates fall sharply. And Moody's boosts Indonesia's credit rating to investment grade for the first time in a decade.
Market rally on U.S. banks and better euro zone sentiment. There was strong demand for Spanish and French bonds today. The dollar and euro gain on the sell-off in the Japanese yen. Italy's Monti intends to push Italian growth agenda. And Portugal's finance minister says there's "significant" foreign investor interest in its T-bill sale. With John Brynjolfsson, Armored Wolf.
Fed forecasts and inflation targeting makes it harder for traders to make money, says Doug Dachille, First Principles Capital Management CEO . "The whole essence of markets is that there are differing views about what the Fed's going to do. Once the Fed tells you what they think they're going to do, there are no different opinions and markets don't move," he says. Plus, banking is going to be a difficult business with regulators asking for more capital, he adds.
U.S. futures are down slightly ahead of a big day for economic news. Strong demand for French and Spanish bonds boosts markets in Europe. Spain sells 6.6 billion euros of government debt. French BTAN sales see solid demand, as well. Successful bond auctions drive the euro higher.
U.S. futures look to open in the red. Markets in Europe were mixed, although advancers outpace declines. Spanish and French bond auctions see strong interest. The Euro dips slightly after the auctions, even though Spain sold 6.6 billion euros worth of bonds, more than planned. Crude prices rise on hope of progress in the euro zone. In Asia, markets are higher following Wall Street's good day and the IMF funding plan. And Aussie shares are near flat on a surprise fall in December jobs data.
Michael Spencer, Chief Economist, Asia and Co-Head, Global Economics at Deutsche Bank says that there has been positive progress in Europe, and believes that we are getting closer to significant debt reduction for Greece.
Sean Egan, Egan-Jones Ratings Company president & managing director, discusses Germany's downgrade, amid growing debt and borrowing costs.
The World Bank is out with their semi-annual report on the health of the global economy and it's not a pretty picture. Mick Riordan, World Bank sr. economist, discusses.
As the markets in Europe close, CNBC's Simon Hobbs discusses the state of French, British and German markets.
Discussing how investors can navigate the uncertainty and volatility, with Tony Crescenzi, Pimco market strategist/portfolio manager.
Stephen Davies, CEO of Javelin Wealth Management, explains why he believes Germans are playing a complex political game to push through reforms.
Mad Money host Jim Cramer discusses Europe's strategy to get out of its debt crisis, and why U.S. markets rally, despite EU downgrades.
CNBC's Louisa Bojesen has the details on what investors can expect from Europe on Wednesday.
Despite the downgrade of nine European nations on Friday, stocks continue to rally. CNBC's Brian Sullivan points to four reasons for the bull run, with CNBC's Bob Pisani.
Richard Cookson, Citi Private Bank global chief investment officer, says that with the Euro Zone crisis front and center, the possibility of a catastrophic outcome is keeping it cautious on European equities. He also adds that the global economy will likely slow in 2012.
Negotiators will be back in Athens tomorrow to continue discussions about reducing Greece's debt, with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
U.S. markets are up on better than expected economic data from the U.S. and China. Bank stocks are mixed, as Wells Fargo is up, which Citi and Morgan Stanley are down at mid-day.
Markets in Europe close on the upside today, after good news on China GDP and a solid bond auction in Spain. The euro is up against the dollar. In the U.S., the Citi conference call indicated significantly weaker investor activity in December, mostly due to fears about Europe. And natural gas is hit again -- too much of it and not enough demand. With Joe Terranova and Jon Najarian, Fast Money traders.
The euro is trading slightly higher after hitting a 16-month low of 1.265 Friday. Axel Merk, president & chief investment officer of Merk Investments, discusses.
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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".