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    Reports that the Italian government has held talks with the Chinese sovereign wealth fund about investing in its debt-laden economy spurred a stock market rally and a boost to the euro Monday.

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    The banking sector in Europe has been largely unable to staunch the heavy selling of stocks as investors bet the euro zone debt crisis will lead to recapitalization for the region's lenders and a second collapse in bank shares in the last three years.

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    Following the economic and market "bungee jump" out of the 2009 abyss, one economist is warning that we face a "once-in-a-lifetime crisis of capitalism" and "Deficit Attention Disorder."

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    "I've no regrets." Federico Ghizzoni, chief executive of UniCredit, told the FT after his first year in the top job at Italy's largest bank by assets.

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    Markets can't help but remain caught in the latest cross currents of news from Europe, but the question is whether it's going to feel like high or low tide.

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    Guy Dinmore, Financial Times with the story on a Chinese investment firm buying Italian debt.

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    Global financial markets continue to be roiled by the complex and alarming newsflow surrounding the European debt crisis. But the trading strategy for the upcoming votes on the bailout is straightforward.

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    European stocks are trading sharply lower on Monday with banks across the region the biggest fallers on fears the euro zone debt crisis has taken a turn for the worse over the weekend.

  • The cost of insuring Italian debt against default rose to a record high on Monday one day before a key bond sale, while Greek credit default swaps also hit historic highs on growing worries that the country may go bankrupt.

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    Carl Weinberg, the chief economist at High Frequency Economics is very worried about Europe. His central forecast is that the debt crisis will lead Europe into a depression that will mean soaring unemployment, deflation and zero interest rates for the foreseeable future.

  • Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, issued a strong defense of the euro over the weekend.

  • Outgoing European Central Bank’s executive board member Juergen Stark

    It has been another dramatic weekend in the euro zone. On Friday, Germany’s representative on the European Central Bank's governing council, Juergen Stark, resigned in protest at the bank's decision to buy Italian and Spanish bonds. He will be replaced by German deputy finance minister Joerg Asmussen.

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    The euro is nothing more than an economic mirage because it lacks the essential building blocks of a long-term secure currency, according to Tim Martin, chairman of UK pub restaurant chain JD Wetherspoon.

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    Indians have been flocking to Italy, with thousands helping to support the dairy industry. The NYT reports.

  • Today's Currency Market

    Discussing today's drop in the euro and its impact on the U.S. dollar, with Nick Bennenbroek, Wells Fargo head of currency strategy.

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    Both the United States and Europe are on recession watch, and investors should not be fooled by the occasional piece of positive economic data, according to two leading economists.

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    The Swiss National Bank and the German courts have changed the outlook for the euro - but it's still cloudy.

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    George Soros is warning the euro zone debt crisis could be worse than the Lehman crisis but stocks across Europe are sharply higher this morning following news from Athens and Rome on how they plan to tackle their budget deficits.

  • The current market volatility and uncertainty has made finding what to buy even more difficult, Pedro De Noronha, managing partner at Noster Capital, told CNBC.com Wednesday.

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    The Swiss central bank's decision to set a limit on how much the Swiss franc can appreciate against the euro is "a huge mistake," investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings, told CNBC.com on Wednesday.