CNBC Anchors and Reporters

Antonya Allen

Assistant Editor, CNBC.com


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    Struggling tech companies have failed to acquire "cult" status in an oversaturated market and the successes of Google, Facebook and Apple in particular are largely due to their massive followings in a "cult-based economy", Keith Woolcock, Partner at 5th Column Ideas, told CNBC.

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    Global utilities have underperformed in 2012, but opportunities exist for investors in well regulated and politically stable regions, Per Lekander, analyst at UBS, told CNBC.

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    Equities remain a good investment despite a slower Chinese economy and ongoing concerns in Europe, John Haynes, Head of Research at Investec Wealth and Investment told CNBC.

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    M&A activity is picking up and remains an effective way to add shareholder value, Anthony Fry, Chairman at Espirito Santo Investment Bank told CNBC.

  • A political risk premium is being added to the price of oil and the latest move by Iran to halt exports of oil to France and Britain is an indication that crude oil prices will remain volatile for some time, Simon Wardell, Senior Oil Analyst at IHS CERA told CNBC.

  • Significant oversupply in the shipping market has contributed to the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) falling by 71.87 percent over the last two years, but one expert told CNBC he believes market conditions will improve in the next few years.

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    The next year is likely to bring a period of tepid growth for businesses, and investors should stick to defensive plays even though they are not that sexy, Barry Dixon, head of research at Irish wealth management company Davy told CNBC.

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    Emerging markets are well placed to weather the storm of the sovereign debt crisis currently engulfing the euro zone, and emerging economies are expected to grow by 5.3 percent this year and 6.1 percent in 2013, Pablo Goldberg, global head of Emerging Markets Research at HSBC, wrote in a report.

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    London is home to some of the world's most opulent hotels, but with five-star rooms in short supply during the Olympic Games this summer; wealthy visitors are increasingly turning to private homes to meet their accommodation needs.

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    European stocks were called to open flat to lower on Friday after hitting six month closing high on Thursday and ahead of non-farm payrolls data from the US due on Friday.