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    The funding hole for European banks is deepening following a sharp fall in bond issuance this year as market turmoil leads to a region-wide credit crunch, the Financial Times reports.

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    Shoppers may put traders in the mood to buy. Plus, retail sales, auto sales and the jobs report in the week ahead.

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    With talk of a possible euro zone breakup on the rise, here's way to value some possible outcomes.

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    Researchers at Exclusive Analysis who expected a “sudden crisis” scenario to unfold by November 26 have put back the expected arrival date of such an event, saying a crisis is now not likely to unfold until the end of January as new technocratic governments in the euro zone offer the region temporary relief.

  • Italy's bond auction is a flop, and human currency traders haven't done much better - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speak at a meeting on debt crisis.

    The euro zone's formidable couple—Merkozy, as the media calls German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy—were on the brink of divorce more than once.

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    As Americans give thanks over the holiday table Thursday, nervous traders will be watching the developments overseas and will continue to do so in Friday's half day stock market session.

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    German bonds aren't selling, yields on Spanish and Italian bonds are squeezing, and the euro is showing the strain. Good thing someone's dispensing tough love.

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    The euro zone has weapons to tackle the current debt situation, but will need to activate the EFSF with more conviction and larger scale for it to be effective, Sir John Gieve, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, told CNBC.

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    Unusually weak demand for German 10-year bonds served as evidence that the reputation of the euro zone’s largest economy is increasingly tarnished by its association with the troubled region, economists said on Wednesday.

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    Europe is likely to slip into another recession in 2012 while the United States and China will escape a double-dip, according to the majority of investors polled by Barclays in a new survey.

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    Brussels will on Wednesday propose measures giving it more authority over the national budgets of euro zone states, including a requirement to submit tax and spending plans to European Union authorities before their national parliaments.  The FT reports.

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    The debt situation on either side of the Atlantic is unlikely to improve for some time, but the United States remains the key engine for growth in the world, albeit hampered by political partisanship, while Europe will continue to suffer because of lack of liquidity in the banking system, Anthony Fry, UK Chairman of Espirito Santo Investment Bank told CNBC.

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    Holiday shopping is being held out as a potential bright spot for markets, discouraged by failure in Washington and fumbling in Europe.

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    You know all about the January effect for stocks, but history suggests the euro could get interesting in December.

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    European leaders are reportedly preparing a plan to “strengthen” the European Union in advance of a Dec. 9 meeting in Brussels. One of the plans they are considering is “centralized” fiscal oversight.

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    Following the daily swings of the euro zone debt crisis, it can be difficult to focus on the long-term, bigger picture.

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    Borrowing costs for so-called core members of the euro zone like France, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands have been rising sharply in recent weeks as investors bet the problems facing peripheral members of the euro zone will not be contained.

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    Billionaire investor George Soros believes the euro zone bond market is facing a similar situation to the banking system in 2008 and wants the European Central Bank to step in to stop a self-fulfilling crisis of confidence.

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    The pain of a euro zone breakup would be too great, this strategist says, and Europeans know it.