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    The beleaguered Italian banking sector is gradually improving, with asset quality and capital ratios getting better, according to analysts at Citigroup.

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    European stocks are expected to open sharply lower on Thursday following a late sell-off on Wall Street as Moody's warned on US debt.

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    Fitch Ratings on Wednesday downgraded Greece deeper into junk territory, citing the absence of a new and fully funded financing program for the country.

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    Risk-off sentiment is easing, but the European debt crisis is not even close to being solved. Here's how to trade the new mood.

  • Moody's is punishing the wrong EU member by downgrading Ireland, Wilbur Ross Jr., CEO of WL Ross & Co., told CNBC Wednesday. If Moody's "downgrades enough people recklessly, nobody will be able to access the public markets in 2013. I think it's a ridiculous idea."

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    A morning roundup of today's headlines.

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    As the crisis in the peripheral area of the euro zone threatened to drag Italy down further on Wednesday, the majority of the region now faces further contagion.

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    The Irish economic recovery has been held back by credit ratings agency Moody's downgrading its rating to junk status, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said Wednesday.

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    Finding a solution to the euro zone crisis is such a complex task that investors, as well as many citizens of the European Union, have grown disgruntled with attempts to sort out the debt.

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    Some ill-chosen words from Silvio Berlusconi about his finance minister and a warning from S&P have seen Italian bond yields soaring and investors across the globe beginning to fret over the world’s third biggest issuer of government debt.

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    European stocks are expected to open flat on Wednesday as data showed the Chinese growth story remained on track and with investors digesting news that Ireland's rating was cut to junk.

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    In the euro zone, the fiscal crisis is lapping on Italy’s shores. In the US, the administration declares it will run out of funding early next month if the debt ceiling is not raised. Far fewer Europeans than Americans believe public sector defaults are beneficial, according to the FT.

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    Traders will be tuned in to Bernanke's Senate testimony Wednesday to see what he says about the economy and any new stimulus measures. Don't get too excited about a QE3, one economist said — that was just the Fed thinking out loud.

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    Italian bond yields are up, stocks are down, and Prime Minister Berlusconi is vowing quick passage of an austerity plan. But the real problem is the euro.

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    The euro takes a beating and the trade deficit dents the dollar - time for your FX Fix.

  • A morning roundup of today's headlines.

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    European banking stocks fell sharply Tuesday before starting to rebound, with Unicredit and Deutsche Bank among the top losers, on fears that sovereign debt crises in peripheral euro zone countries might spread.

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    European authorities need urgently to increase the size of resources available to indebted European countries faced with liquidity problems if they want to avert disaster, Willem Buiter, Chief Economist at Citi told CNBC on Tuesday.

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    Italy's family savings will keep the country from defaulting, Alessandro Capuano, head of Italian desk at IG Markets, told CNBC Tuesday.

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    European bank stocks are now trading like technology stocks did before the bust of the early 2000s, Peter Toogood, Director of Investment Services at Old Broad Street Research, told CNBC Tuesday.