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    Senior government sources tell Class CNBC, CNBC’s Italian partner, that a short-selling ban will be imposed in France and Italy after Thursday's market close.

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    There's a currency worry behind all the selling of Italian and Spanish bonds, this economist says.

  • Societe Generale's share price suffered a fall of around 8 percent Thursday morning after Wednesday's falls.

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    The Dow ended over 500 points lower on Wednesday, but overnight in Asia stocks losses were more muted as US futures recovered some poise. As a result European Stocks are expected to open higher.

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    Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, has given his finance and budget ministers one week to come up with new measures to cut France's crippling debt burden as concerns mount over prospects for growth and the country's ability to meet its deficit reduction targets. reported the FT.

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    When the President spoke on Monday, the markets ticked down with every word that he uttered. So is America suffering because of a lack of effective leadership? I asked Veronique de Rugy, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, her thoughts.

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    After the stock market falls in the past month, it should be possible to pick up some value in equities, market strategists told CNBC Wednesday.

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    Demand for oil remains largely unscathed,the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its monthly oil outlook on Wednesday, despite volatility which has seen prices plunge for the third time in three months.

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    Following another dramatic session on Wall Street which saw the Dow close 429 points higher after heavy buying in the last 90 minutes of trade European stocks are expected to gain at the market open.

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    The German banking sector should be able to withstand stresses resulting from exposure to peripheral Europe, with the possible exception of Commerzbank, which has a high level of PIIGS exposure, according to Michael Rohr, head of financials at Silvia Quandt Research.

  • You could get motion sickness watching the U.S. markets these days. But the real sick man is Europe.

  • What's Next?

    Four years into the financial crisis, Ken Rogoff, professor of economics at Harvard University, believes the biggest deficit global markets are facing is credibility, not credit.

  • Big Ben

    Following weak growth in the second quarter due to a number of one-off effects such as the UK royal wedding and the tsunami disaster in Japan, the UK economy can be described as fragile at best.

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    Following a 600 plus point loss for the Dow on Monday and heavy selling in Asia European stock markets are expected to fall heavily Tuesday.

  • European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank's bailout, estimated to be about 2 billion euros in Italian and Spanish debt, will cost France and maybe even Germany their triple-A ratings, Kyle Bass, managing partner of Hayman Capital, told CNBC Monday.

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    While austerity measures — cuts in social benefits such as pensions and health care — are unpopular with the citizens of Europe, they haven’t seen anything yet.

  • European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank decided it had to act over the weekend, but they could have taken bolder action by making a "drastic cut in interest rates" because they have a couple trillion euros as a backstop, Cramer said Monday.

  • Big Ben

    The UK, with its high level of public debt, low growth, closeness to the US and reliance on financial services, was once viewed as one of the European economies most in danger of a double-dip recession.

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    Silvio Berlusconi’s administration has lost sovereignty and its lack of credibility has hit Italy’s reputation abroad, according to former European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti.

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    Germany is showing more commitment to the resolution of the euro zone debt crisis, and is likely to expect even greater influence on the fiscal discipline of its neighbors in return, analysts told CNBC.