By Peter Schroeder - 12/16/11 02:27 PM EST
The ties that bind the European Union seem to be fraying.
Nervous retailers move up their final holiday blow-out deals.
BP gets a $250 million settlement from the maker of the failed blowout preventer behind last year's oil spill.
Some of the world's biggest banks get a downgrade.
The United States and China have a trade beef over chicken feet.