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  • Stocks Slump; Banks Rise, AmEx Falls Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 11:09 AM ET

    Stocks slumped after opening higher as the dollar rose, but trading was light at the start of a holiday week. AmEx and Boeing sank, while BofA rose.

  • Outrageous Predictions: Congress to Block Fed's QE3 Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 10:16 AM ET
    Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    Apple will buy Facebook, Congress will block a third round of quantitative easing and the S&P will reach a new all-time high. These are just some of the outrageous predictions for 2011 put forward by Saxo Bank in its annual "Black Swan Exercise."

  • Futures Up Slightly Ahead of Open Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 9:22 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures rose ahead of the open Monday, but trading was light at the beginning of the week before Christmas.

  • Commentary: Americans Need Shock to Tackle Debt Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 6:20 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    Why has Britain managed to boldly go into fiscal territory which the US has hitherto ducked? That is the $800 billion question hanging in the air in New York this weekend, after George Osborne, chancellor, visited the city. The FT reports.

  • European Shares Set to Open Lower on Korea Fears Monday, 20 Dec 2010 | 2:05 AM ET
    An Indian stock broker looks worried as he watches the screen in Mumbai, India.

    European shares were set to dip on Monday, with investors' nerves rattled by possible escalating tensions in North Korea.

  • Merkel: EU Will Do Everything to Secure Euro Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | 8:15 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Europe will do everything to secure the stability of the euro, which has come under pressure in the euro zone debt crisis.

  • Europe Stocks Seen Unchanged After EU Decision Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | 2:04 AM ET
    Trader at London Stock Exchange, England.

    European shares are expected to open flat Friday, though concerns about the euro zone debt crisis linger and could weigh on markets.

  • Europe Shares to Open Lower Ahead of EU Summit Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | 2:00 AM ET

    European shares were set to open flat to slightly lower Thursday, continuing to pause from strong gains earlier in the week.

  • Chinese shipping containers

    Asia’s clean bill of health presents two major opportunities. The first is to re-ignite the drive towards closer economic cooperation that has been stalled since the late 1990s Asian Financial Crisis.

  • Portugal to Need Bailout in 1 Month: Head of Trading Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 10:04 AM ET

    Bond vigilantes will target Portugal and force the country to seek a bailout within a month, but Spain will not need to turn to its European peers for help, Piers Curran, head of trading at Amplify trading told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Europe Shares to Open Lower After Moody's Warning Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 2:04 AM ET

    European stocks were indicated to open lower after Moody's put Spain's credit rating on review for a possible downgrade, on worries over the country's debt and funding needs for next year.

  • Back-Load Spending Cuts or Return to Crisis: Roubini Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 11:16 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    The risks of debt deflation and disorderly sovereign and private-sector defaults are rising because policymakers are pressing ahead with spending cuts and raising taxes before seeing strong signs of an economic recovery, economist Nouriel Roubini wrote in a commentary piece for Project Syndicate.

  • Belgium Warned Over Debt Rating by S&P Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 7:09 AM ET
    leie river ghent belgium

    Standard & Poor's has warned that Belgium may have its credit rating downgraded within six months in light of the country's ongoing political deadlock.

  • Euro Stocks Look to Open Flat with Fed on Tap Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 2:27 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 investors were set to take a wait-and-see approach to start Tuesday, with indications of little change to major markets at the opening bell.

  • Busch: 5 Things You Need to Know Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 10:45 AM ET

    China’s inflation is soaring, Democrats in Congress are likely to pass the tax cut extension and spending bill, the FOMC meets this week, European Union leaders will also meet this week and what has everyone so bullish? Here's what you need to know for this week.

  • 'Snooty' Europhiles Owe Penitence: London Mayor Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 10:25 AM ET
    Boris Johnson

    Europe was nowhere near ready for the euro when it was introduced in 1999 and the sovereign debt crisis has proven critics of a one-size-fits-all monetary policy right, London mayor Boris Johson wrote in an opinion piece for UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph on Monday.

  • Why German Economy Is Recovering Fast Than US Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 5:05 PM ET

    Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned from the Germans whose economy has bounced back from the recession quicker that the US’s and who have a workforce that is, largely, working.

  • European Shares Set to Rise for 5th Session Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 2:11 AM ET

    European shares looked set to extend their winning streak to a fifth session Friday as investor sentiment got a boost from positive economic data from the U.S.

  • Euro Shares Set to Rise as Commodities Recover Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 2:09 AM ET

    European stocks looked set to continue the strong performance of the previous session at the open Thursday as commodities regained strength and boosted the major indexes.

  • Is There the Will to Save the Euro Zone? Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 7:37 AM ET
    Euros at an angle

    Will the euro zone survive in its current form? Martin Wolf addresses this question by considering three more issues in the Financial Times.