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    Under growing pressure from the United States, some of Asia’s largest economies are reluctantly looking for options to reduce the amount of oil they buy from Iran. The New York Times reports.

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    Crosscurrents from Europe, a gaggle of Fed speakers and the start of earnings season in the coming week will provide a critical test for markets in the new year.

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    Oil prices could spiral out of control and potentially herald deeper economic hardship for Europe if the European Union joins the US in banning Iranian oil imports, analysts warned on Friday.

  • What is the Wort-Case Scenario if the Strait of Hormuz is Closed?

    Alejandro Barbajosa, Oil Markets Specialist at Argus Media discusses the ability of major consuming nations to cope if Iran follows through on it's threats to blockade the strait of Hormuz, and says that the worst-case scenario would be a sudden, severe knee-jerk reaction which would, however, be short-lived.

  • Iran Threat Drives Oil Prices Higher

    Threats from Iran to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz continue, and light sweet crude is bumping up against its 10-month high, John Kilduff, Again Capital, and Edward Morse, Citi, discuss.

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    Any European embargo of oil imports from Iran would have a direct effect not just on Iran, but also on the most prominent consumers of Iranian oil and refiners in the Mediterranean, according to a series of recent reports.

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    The two strongest Republican candidates to emerge from the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, both are open to bombing Iran's nuclear weapons program, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • This satellite image shows the Strait of Hormuz, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The Strait of Hormuz runs between Iran and United Arab Emirates.

    The anxious exchange of statements and explicit threats between the U.S. and Iran mark a notable escalation and leave the energy markets struggling to understand the implications.

  • Daniel Yergin

    Pulitzer prize winning author Daniel Yergin, Chairman of IHS CERA, shared an excerpt on Iran from his latest book “The Quest: Energy Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.” The piece describes how the balance of power in the Gulf region could shift should Iran obtain nuclear weapons.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook

    The week's top business news and investing advice, including gold stocks and bank bets, with CNBC's Brian Shactman.

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    If Iran shuts the Strait of Hormuz "that would be cataclysmic for the oil price and the economy, particularly if they figure out a way to shut it down for an extended period," says former Shell executive John Hofmeister.

  • Former Shell Oil CEO: Iran Threats Could Be Valid

    For the Iranians to pull off shutting down the Strait of Hormuz would be armageddon-like, says John Hofmeister, former president/CEO Of U.S. Operations, Shell Oil Co. Who adds, the U.S. should be working harder to preserve its own energy.

  • Is there another Middle East powder keg ready to blow? Gen. Barry McCaffrey, U.S. Army, (Ret.) discusses Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for U.S. and European sanctions.

  • With two trading days left in the year, “Fast Money” pro Anthony Scaramucci shared his 2012 predictions on Europe, gold, the U.S. dollar, Iran and Occupy Wall Street.

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    Pending sanctions against Iran are designed to cause swifter economic pain than past penalties, and Iran is ramping up rhetoric in response.

  • Tough talk from Tehran this week sent crude oil prices higher, but what does a cost-benefit perspective suggest?

  • Iran & the Strait of Hormuz

    Sharing perspective on trading tensions around Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz and cut oil supply, with Stephen Schork, Schork Report.

  • 2011's Winning Stocks

    The Fast Money Halftime Report traders break down today's market moving headlines, including the S&P sitting on a 200-day moving average and the stocks that are poised for a breakout.

  • Iran's Threat to Close Straits of Hormuz

    Sharing insight into Iran's threats to close down the Strait of Hormuz, with Alireza Nader, Rand Corp. Iran analyst saying, "what Iran is counting on is to use this as a threat to prevent an oil embargo on Iran and if there is a conflict to impede the flow of oil to a certain extent that oil prices go up and this puts pressure on the United States and other governments."

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    A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.