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  • This may well be the coolest graphic I've ever seen.

  • Intel's headquarters in Santa Clara, California.

    Friday's market should feel the positive afterglow from Intel's strong earnings report Thursday, though the day could be decided by JPMorgan Chase's fourth quarter results and a batch of important economic data.

  • Central Banks Cloud Commodity Outlook: Economist Friday, 14 Jan 2011 | 8:56 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    Jean-Claude Trichet’s hawkish comments on inflationary pressures and the resultant jump in the euro following Thursday’s European Central Bank's press conference talk has turned attention back to central bank exit strategies, an economist said Friday.

  • Europe Stocks Expected To Track Wall Street Losses Friday, 14 Jan 2011 | 2:16 AM ET

    European stocks were set to dip Friday, tracking losses on Wall Street and in Tokyo, with heavyweight resource-related shares feeling the pinch of lower commodity prices.

  • The Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill that raises the state income tax from a maximum rate of 3% to 5%. They also raised the corporate income tax...As painful as they are, we are in the position of having no choice and yet, these tax increases will not raise the expected amounts.

  • Spanish Banks Not Reliant on ECB: Finance Minister Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 9:42 AM ET
    Elena Salgado, Spain's Economy and Finance Minister

    Spain's banking sector  does not need more government support and the country will not need a bailout from the European Union, finance minister Elena Salgado told CNBC Thursday.

  • Will Switzerland Peg Its Franc to the Euro? Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 6:58 AM ET
    Zurich, Switzerland

    Swiss policymakers will hold an emergency meeting with key business groups, labor unions and representatives from the machinery, tourism and pharmaceutical sectors to discuss the Swiss franc's damaging impact on the Alpine country's economy Friday.

  • US Fiscal Policy Could Cause 'Buyers' Strike': Pro Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 4:37 AM ET

    A lack of action on the US fiscal position could lead to a "buyers strike," according to Bob Parker, a special advisor to Credit Suisse.

  • EU Stocks to Open Mixed, on Debt, Rates Expectations Thursday, 13 Jan 2011 | 2:19 AM ET

    European shares were seen mixed on Thursday, as investors take a breather after a brisk two-day rally, bracing for further debt auctions in the euro zone as well as interest rate decisions.

  • New York Stock Exchange, lower Manhattan, New York City.

    U.S. economic reports should dominate early trading Thursday, unless the European debt crisis bubbles up again.

  • Commentary: The Sobering Truth About Portugal Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
    lisbon portugal

    So, Portugal sold 1.2 billion euros of debt ($1.61 billion). Big deal. What does that prove? Surely in the context of sovereign debt, the amount is tiny. Moreover, Lisbon won't tell us who bought the paper.

  • Farrell: The PIIGS are Back and Japan Said What? Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 | 9:13 AM ET

    The early morning hoopla Tuesday was that Japan had pledged to support the Eurozone in its continuing fight against the ill winds of threatened illiquidity by buying bonds. Probably bonds issued by the Financial Stability thing that has been set up by the European central bank.

  • Financial Crisis Has 'Drained' the World: WEF Report Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 | 4:35 AM ET

    Over three years of financial crisis have "drained the word’s capacity" to deal with further shocks according to the World Economic Forum’s closely-watched Global Risks Report.

  • Spain's Position Is Strong: Santander Vice Chairman Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 | 2:55 AM ET
    Spain

    Spain is different than other euro zone periphery countries as its fiscal position is strong, Matias Rodriguez Inciarte, vice chairman of bank Santander, told CNBC Wednesday in an interview.

  • Europe Shares to Dip Ahead of Portugal Auction Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 | 2:05 AM ET

    European shares were set to open flat to lower on Wednesday as caution over the euro zone debt crisis prevailed ahead of a closely-watched Portuguese bond auction.

  • Hedge Funds Cash In on Euro Zone Debt Crisis Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 4:19 PM ET
    Euro bills

    The economic turmoil that roiled Europe last year resulted in big profits for some major U.S. hedge funds as traders bet correctly on dips in the euro, falling bond yields at home, and other global events.

  • Busch: Is the US Next In Line to Bail Out Europe? Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 12:05 PM ET

    Today, Japanese Finance Minister Noda said that Japan would use its existing euro foreign exchange reserves to buy a large portion of the bonds issued by the European Financial Stability Fund.

  • lisbon portugal

    Despite denials by the Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates that the country will not be seeking financial aid from the IMF or the European Union, technical discussions are being held ‘quietly’ among European leaders about a possible bailout plan, the Portuguese newspaper Publico reported on its Web site.

  • Greece

    Greek Finance Minister George Papanconstantinou sought to reassure investors over the country’s debt burden on Tuesday, saying spreads between Greek and German bonds were high because of broader market turbulence rather than real threat of default.

  • Europe Shares to Rise on Earnings Optimism Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 2:14 AM ET
    A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European shares were set to rise on Tuesday, after Wall Street finished off lows, and Alcoa kicked off earnings season by beating forecasts.