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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.
Anthony Scaramucci, SkyBridge Capital predict there will be fiscal unity in Europe; stocks will rally 20%; and gold will drop 30% next year.
Daryl Guppy, CEO of Guppytraders.com, says the euro is unlikely to sustain at the 1.29 level, and will fall back down to the 1.24 level for the new year. He adds that the euro is expected to "go further south" against the Yen as well.
Investors are experiencing developing debt worries and interest rate burdens, so how can they play the market? Ira Jersey, Credit Suisse and Donald Coxe, BMO Capital Markets share advice for investors in moving forward.
Tens of thousands of people are protesting to demand for free elections and to end Putin's 12-year rule in Russia and the state funeral of Dictator Kim Jong-Il takes place today. Tony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies senior adviser weighs in.
The euro dragged stocks lower despite the better-than-expected Italian debt auction Wednesday, with CNBC's Carl Quintanilla, Melissa Lee & Bob Pisani.
CNBC's Rick Santelli has the update on bond yields and the dollar.
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Youssef Squali, global head of equity research in the internet and media group at Cantor Fitzgerald says Yahoo earnings were better than feared, but investors should not wait for a dividend.
Matthew Roden, executive director of biotechnology equity research at UBS argued biotech stock valuations are still attractively valued even after their run higher.
Atul Lele, CIO of Deltec International Group says he is more worried about short term market rates rather than the Federal funds rate.