Wednesday's Headlines: European bank results underline risk concerns

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Earnings posted by two of Europe's biggest banks this week underline concerns about the region's investment banking outlook, DealBook reports.

UBS warned that future profits would miss a previously set target, while Deutsche Bank's results fell short of analyst expectations. In both cases, weak investment banking revenue hurt results.

"While banks have experienced a recovery in investment banking profits since the financial crisis, they are under pressure by regulators to reduce risk, and they continue to face market turbulence caused by the European sovereign debt crisis and the budget deadlock in the United States," says DealBook, adding that economic growth in Europe shows signs of slowing down.

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SEC adopts new rules to make trading by banks and hedge funds more transparent. [Reuters]

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