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    Saudi Arabia is bracing for protesters to take to the streets on Friday—in what they are referring to as a 'Day of Rage'.

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    Police and protesters clashed in Saudi Arabia Thursday and the country faces a day of possible mass protests Friday, but even heavy demonstrations will not succeed in removing the current regime, according to analysts at the Eurasia Group.

  • Five Things We're Watching: March 11, 2011 Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 7:02 PM ET
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    iPad hits stores, NFL labor deadline approaches and Saudi Arabia braces for "Day of Rage." Here's some of what we’re watching – and therefore you should as well.

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    Markets head into Friday watching and waiting to see if economic news outweighs geopolitical concerns, after Thursday's "risk off" selling spree.

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    Reports of police firing on protestors in the Saudi Arabian city of Qatif evoke a possible nightmare scenario for the disruption of oil from a country that sits atop the world's largest proven oil reserves.

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    Reports from Saudi Arabia indicate that police have opened fire on protestors at a rally in the eastern city of Qatif.

  • Tripoli Pours Old Notes Back in Circulation Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 4:41 AM ET
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    Libya’s central bank has ordered banks to recirculate old currency in the first sign that the oil-rich north African state is facing liquidity problems amid international efforts to freeze the regime’s assets, reports the Financial Times.

  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed Calls for Citi Dividend Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 2:55 AM ET

    Wealthy Saudi investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal expressed confidence in Citigroup's earnings potential and also called for the bank to issue a dividend to shareholders.

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    Oil prices are finally retreating from two-and-half year highs but the market is bracing for more volatility as anti-government protests threaten to spread beyond the borders of Libya towards the world's top exporter Saudi Arabia.

  • Oil Shock Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 7:31 PM ET
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    Discussing who is right in Libya and whether a Gaddafi comeback would be bad for oil, with Michael Levi, Fellow for Science and Technology, Council on Foreign Relations and Helima Croft, Barclay's geopolitical analyst.

  • Exxon CEO on Oil Speculation Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 2:05 PM ET
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    Sharing his thoughts on how much of the $20 jump in oil prices is due to speculation or is just companies "pricing in risk," with Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil chairman/CEO

  • Gaddafi Money Casts Shadow in Hollywood Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 2:39 AM ET
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    Things have gotten chilly here for Natural Selection, the film production company backed by Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi’s son Saadi, the New York Times reports.

  • Farrell: Who's Afraid of What Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 11:44 AM ET
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    The Bahrainian royal family is plenty worried about the unrest in their country. The Saudis are concerned about unrest, Gaddafi is a wild card and the Chinese have big plans.

  • Al-Qaeda Biggest Risk to Saudi Oil: Barclays Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 6:06 AM ET

    Terrorism and not the "day of rage" protests planned Friday pose the biggest risk to Saudi Arabia's ability to keep the world supplied with oil, according to Barclays Capital commodities analyst Amrita Sen.

  • Scenes from Libya Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 12:00 AM ET
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    Video from the front line, Libyan refugee camps, the border, and the evacuation of foreign nationals at the airport, most of whom are from Bangladesh, Vietnam and Ghana.

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    The escalation in fighting in Libya is increasing fears of a civil war and with signs of politicall unrest spreading throughout the Middle East and North African nations the price of crude continues to climb.

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    Big economic-growth stats are trumping oil prices and the Mideast tinderbox. In optimistic trading on Thursday, stocks soared nearly 200 Dow points. Oil barely fell to just under $102 a barrel. Know what? The market may be shouting out that the recent oil spike is not going to derail economic recovery.

  • The World’s 15 Biggest Oil Producers Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 11:59 AM ET
    Unrest in the Middle East has put investors on high alert as crude oil prices move seemingly with every development in the region. In order to understand the effect of those events on both US and global oil markets, a key figure to watch is the amount of crude oil produced daily in each country. With data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division of the Department of Energy, CNBC.com took a look at the countries that produce the most crude oil on a daily basis. Production is d

    With data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division of the Department of Energy, CNBC.com took a look at the countries that produce the most crude oil on a daily basis.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Oil & Gold Jump Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 4:00 PM ET
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    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's commodities news. Crude closes above $100/barrel as fears in the Middle East grow and Libyan bombers strike a key oil port town critical to oil exports.

  • US Housing Recovery Hurt by Unrest in the Middle East Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 11:19 AM ET
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    You probably don't think of unrest in the far away Middle East as having anything to do with the housing market here in the U.S. You should. The weekly mortgage applications say it all.