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  • ECB Shows Signs of Bailout Flexibility Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 2:47 AM ET
    Mario Draghi

    Ten days after becoming Irish finance minister last March, Michael Noonan spoke with Jean-Claude Trichet, then the chief at the European Central Bank, and told him what his Fine Gael party had been telling voters for weeks: the new government intended to force losses on holders of senior Irish bank debt, the Financial Times reports.

  • Companies That Derive 100% of Revenue from the US Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
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    Investors are seeking the safest investments and want to protect their portfolios from European exposure and unpredictability. These companies generate revenue entirely in the United States, and many of them pay a dividend that is substantially greater than the 10-year note.

  • Should France Be Added to the 'PIIGS'? Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 2:28 AM ET
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    French President Francois Hollande may have his differences with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but Europe’s two most powerful leaders have agreed in principle to forge a growth strategy for Europe in time for next month’s European Union heads of state summit.

  • Global Markets Update: Draghi Warns to Not Expect Further Fund Injections

    European markets finish the week with a mixed results. Bank stocks are among the best performers. Analysts say ECB liquidity injection has eased fears, but the ECB's Draghi warns not to expect further injection of funds into banks. Spain intends to base 2012 budget on higher deficit target than stated earlier. With Jim Bianco, Bianco Research and Diane Swonk, Mesirow Financial.

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    The Greece rescue package is likely to fail, but that may not be an entirely bad thing so long as the nation's debt problems can be walled off from the rest of Europe, Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian said.

  • Global Markets Update: European Markets Down On Greek Economy

    Stock index futures pointed to a rise in U.S. equities on Tuesday after euro zone finance ministers finally sealed a bailout for Greece. European shares steadied on Tuesday after hitting seven-month highs on Monday, with strategists saying the focus would now turn to the bleak outlook for Greece's economy after the country secured a bailout package.

  • Global Markets Update: Strong Earnings Results Boost European Equities

    US Futures point to a higher open for Wall Street after a mixed trading session yesterday. European stocks rose on Wednesday following better-than-feared GDP figures for Germany and France, and as debt-stricken Greece appeared to be nearing a political consensus on painful budget cuts. In Asia markets rose on Greece while comments from China's central bank governor saying Beijing would continue to invest in euro zone government debt aided sentiment.

  • Global Markets Update: Greek Police Union Threatens to Arrest EU, IMF Officials

    Markets in Europe are mostly down as Greek opposition to the austerity plan heats up. Bank stocks are among the biggest losers. Spain approves sweeping labor market reforms. Four Greek ministers resign in protest over the new austerity package. Greece's police union threatens to issue arrest warrants for EU, IMF officials.

  • Global Markets Update: European Markets Follow Asia Lower

    S&P 500 futures point to New York stocks declining 0.5 per cent at the opening bell. European shares also fell today, dragged lower by banks on concerns about the outcome of the euro zone debt crisis after finance ministers imposed further conditions before approving a rescue package for Greece. Asian shares ended lower as investors remained concerned about Greece's commitment to debt restructuring.

  • Global Markets Update: The Bull Run in Gold Continues Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 11:40 AM ET
    Global Markets Update: The Bull Run in Gold Continues

    U.S. markets lose early gains after a surprise drop in consumer confidence. Homebuilders are down today after home prices fall again. RadioShack shares plunge after the company severely lowers its Q4 forecast. And the bull run in gold appears to remain intact.

  • Global Markets Update: Europe Extends Losses as Wall Street Slumps

    Markets in Europe extend losses as Wall Street slumps. Bank stocks among the biggest losers. Yields fall in the latest 5- and 10-year auction of Italian debt. Negotiations between Greece and private-sector creditors continue. Underwriters hike cost of insuring Portugal bonds and want upfront payment. And Germany's Merkel to actively support re-election efforts of Frances's Sarkozy.

  • Global Markets Update: Soros Says Must Watch Spain & Italy Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 11:28 AM ET
    Global Markets Update: Soros Says Must Watch Spain & Italy

    European markets close mostly down over ongoing concerns over a Greek debt deal. Billionaire George Soros says we need to strengthen Italy & Spain. Telecom shares fall after Ericsson misses sales and profit forecasts. German business sentiment rises for the third straight month. Treasury sells $35 billion in 5-year notes at yield of .899 percent.

  • Monti Seeks German Help on Borrowing Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 1:45 AM ET
    Mario Monti

    Italy’s prime minister has pleaded for Germany and other creditor countries to do more to help lower his country’s borrowing costs, warning there would be a “powerful backlash” among voters in the euro zone’s struggling periphery if they did not, the Financial Times reports.

  • Exclusive: Greek PM on the Euro Zone Sunday, 15 Jan 2012 | 10:00 PM ET
    Exclusive: Greek PM on the Euro Zone

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera sits down with Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos to discuss the country's ongoing negotiations with the private sector and Greece's place in the euro zone.

  • Steinbock: Looking Ahead to D-Day in Greece Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
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    In May 2010, the Eurozone crisis began with turmoil in Greece. In spring 2012, new turmoil in Greece will frame the end-game of the Eurozone itself.

  • Global Markets Update: Euro Zone Entering Recessionary Territory?

    European shares close solidly higher as Wall Street rallies. European commodity stocks are boosted by Alcoa's outlook. The ECB meets Thursday: the Euro zone enters recessionary territory. Fitch says it doesn't foresee cutting France's AAA rating this year. Fitch also says countries under review, like Italy and Spain, could be cut one or two notches. Germany's Merkel and the IMF's LaGarde are slated to meet today in Berlin. Philips says European weakness will hurt its Q4 profits. The Bank of France says the

  • France

    France's bond auctions have been “reassuring” so far and the country will persuade investors that it is a safe place for their money, French Budget Minister Valerie Pecresse told CNBC in an interview Thursday.

  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a working lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

    Creating a stronger currency union will take time, and the two leaders should concentrate on putting out the immediate fire first, by finding ways to boost growth, analysts told CNBC.com.

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    In 2011 investors had a lot to worry about. The euro zone crisis, credit rating downgrades, slowing growth, crisis in North Africa and the tragic nuclear and natural disasters which hit Japan all led to a relentless 12 months of market volatility.

  • El-Erian: IMF Must Stand Up to 'European Bullying' Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 5:51 AM ET
    Pimco co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should resist pressure from European Union leaders to take part in inadequate bailout programs for European countries, Mohamed El-Erian wrote in the Financial Times.