*Safe-haven currencies gain as Russia- Ukraine tension flares. LONDON, Aug 22- The yen and the Swiss francs rose against the euro on Friday, helped by safe-haven inflows after a Russian aid convoy crossed into Ukraine without permission from Kiev, rattling investors.» Read More
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.
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.
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.
U.S. economic reports should dominate early trading Thursday, unless the European debt crisis bubbles up again.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
European shares were set to rise on Tuesday, after Wall Street finished off lows, and Alcoa kicked off earnings season by beating forecasts.
European sovereign debt is the US stock market's bad penny—it keeps turning up where it's not wanted and at the most inopportune times.
Dennis Gartman, founder of "The Gartman Letter," said he still expects the euro to split into two currencies.
The ECB meets this week. The markets continue to abuse the Euro against most major currencies as concerns over European banks remain strong.
Investors have very short memories and the major economies of the world are not as strong as the markets would have us believe, Pedro Noronha, fund manager at Noster Capital, said Monday.
Greek bond yields hit another record high Monday amid a broader flare-up in Europe's debt crisis and despite better than expected deficit reduction figures.
Problems in Europe could end up dragging growth in China, hit commodity prices and derail the nascent American recovery, according to Satyajit Das, the author of "Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives".