European shares closed lower on Friday as U.S. politicians continued to wrangle over averting the "fiscal cliff" — a series of tax increases and spending cuts that are set to kick in at the start of next year and could threaten the U.S. economy.
European shares stuttered on Thursday as indexes approached overbought levels and budget talks in the United States stalled.
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European shares closed higher on Wednesday after business confidence data was released in Germany showing an increase.
European shares ended higher on Tuesday, as investors bet that U.S. Democrats and Republicans will reach a deal to avoid a "fiscal cliff" of year-end austerity measures.
European shares fell on Monday, hit by slumps in Dutch telecoms group KPN and temporary power company Aggreko as investors cashed in some equity holdings.
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European shares closed slightly lower on Friday as investors locked in profits ahead of the weekend and once again focused on the ongoing discussions surrounding the "fiscal cliff" in the U.S.
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European shares closed lower on Thursday, ending a three-week rally that had pushed shares up to 18-month highs.
Spain sold 2.02 billion euros of bonds on Thursday at its final debt auction of the year.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting in the U.S., with investors expecting an announcement on a new treasury purchase plan.
David Bloom, global head of Foreign Exchange Strategy at HSBC, tells CNBC that sterling could be put under massive pressure if Europe is given the benefit of the doubt and the US solves the fiscal cliff.
The euro rose against the dollar for a second straight day Tuesday, as surprisingly strong German economic sentiment and optimism about the US spurred broad-based risk-taking.