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    North Korea's step towards a nuclear moratorium is a positive sign, but strategists say the market response may be relatively muted until its government follows up its pledge with real action. 

  • China's Leverage Over North Korea Waning

    Nicholas Consonery, China Analyst, Eurasia Group explains why he thinks China's influence over North Korea has been weakening in recent years.

  • This photo taken on September 24, 2010 shows the Ariang mass gymnastics featuring 100,000 performers to depict the development of North Korea and its origins under the leadership of Kim Il-Sung at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang to mark the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

    In the political world, Kim Jong il of North Korea was a despot and nuclear antagonist. In the sporting world, he might have been the only guy ever to wear platform shoes, a bouffant hairdo and “Dear Leader” embroidered on his bowling shirt.

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    While the Pentagon is always planning for contingencies, it was particularly prescient in its choice of war games the week before North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il's death, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • A sudden turn of events usually presents opportunities for traders, and on Monday North Korea’s Kim Jong-il died very suddenly.

  • BK Looks to Short South Korea

    Sharing perspective on how the death of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il will impact the markets, with Brian Kelly, Shelter Harbor Capital co-founder.

  • North Koreans Mourn Their 'Dear Leader'

    North Koreans across the country mourn the death of Kim Jong il, the dictator also known as the "Dear Leader."

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    Kim Jong Il KOs the won, and the euro eases as investors get edgy - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Is Kim Jong Il's Death a Non-Event?

    CNBC's Kiho Kim discusses the impact of Kim Jong Il's death. Will his heir apparent retain power, or will the military usurp and make Kim Jong il's death a "non-event?" Robert Doll, BlackRock, discusses. Doll also discusses the evolution of the European debt crisis.

  • U.S. Response to Kim Jong Il's Death

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack yesterday. CNBC's John Harwood discusses the Obama administration's response, and what could happen next.

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    Pyongyang’s cash-strapped totalitarian regime has found a novel source of foreign currency revenue — digital weapons and wizardry acquired through illegal computer game scams, the FT reports.

  • North Korean defectors hold defaced posters of North Korea leader Kim Jong-Il and his son Jong-un as they participate in a anti-North Korea protest in front of the South Korean Defense Ministry on November 29, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Tensions between the two Koreas remain high following an artillery exchange on the disputed island of Yeonpyeong on November 24.

    A matchmaking agency in South Korea has promoted itself by finding a suitable marriage partner for the son of North Korea’s leader. The NYT reports.

  • With oil prices higher and North Korea issuing more threats, the outlook for the South Korean won is less than great, this FX expert says. 

  • Stocks traded mixed ahead in lackluster trading, although the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit new two-year highs on thin gains amid a lack of economic news. Alcoa and 3M rose, while American Express fell.

  • Stocks traded narrowly mixed amid thin trading and a lack of economic news as stocks struggled to move beyond recent highs. 3M  and Alcoa rose, while AmEx fell.

  • Stocks slumped after opening higher as the dollar rose, but trading was light at the start of a holiday week. AmEx and Boeing sank, while BofA rose.

  • U.S. stock index futures rose ahead of the open Monday, but trading was light at the beginning of the week before Christmas.

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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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    The dollar looks sad, US stocks look okay and the econony starts looking "half-full."

  • Firefighters from the Incheon Fire and Safety Management Department inspecting the damage caused by the artillery shells fired by North Korea on November 24 in Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea.

    North Korea fired artillery shells at a South Korean island, killing two soldiers and two civilians, in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953.