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    European shares were set to pause after a brisk rally this week, with investors reluctant to take large positions ahead of a U.S. job report that will shed more light on the recovery.

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    European shares were set to edge higher on Thursday, after Wall Street reversed early losses following upbeat U.S. data on jobs creation and services sector growth.

  • China is nowhere near seeing the end of inflation and the amount of monetary tightening it will have to implement will surprise the markets, Arjuna Mahendran, head of investment strategy at HSBC Private Bank told CNBC Wednesday.

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    The Swiss central bank confirmed it has excluded Irish government debt from a list of assets considered eligible as collateral for its repo deals – operations under which it lends money against collateral.

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    European stocks were seen retreating on Wednesday, losing ground for the first time this year, as heavyweight resource-related shares feel the pinch of a sell-off in commodity prices.

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    Northern Ireland's government is holding an emergency meeting Thursday to address the country's water crisis as tens of thousands of people remained without water for a ninth day.

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    January in the northern hemisphere is usually the coldest month of the year and it might prove to be a bitter one for euro zone governments trying to raise money in the capital markets, reports the Financial Times.

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    Critics once proclaimed that the euro was doomed to struggle. Different countries would pursue such different economic policies, they argued, that it would ultimately place an unbearable strain on the currency and some of its members. Today, many of those predictions are coming true, the New York Times reports.

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    The European Central Bank increased its intervention in government bond markets last week, indicating that the euro’s monetary guardian remained wary of an escalation of the eurozone debt crisis, reports the Financial Times.

  • The bulls may be running down Wall Street now, but traders are still kept up at night by events they believe could happen in 2011 to derail this rally.

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    European shares were expected to open little changed Wednesday, with investors avoiding strong bets at the tail end of the year.

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    European stocks were seen rising Tuesday, mirroring gains in Asia and extending their Christmas rally.

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    The market is pricing in that it's going to be another whippy year for the Euro. Here's why and how to strategize effectively.

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.