The European Central Bank kept short-term interest rates on hold Thursday as expected, but economists and investors think that another rate rise is due this summer.
Shares in German sportswear maker Puma rose after French luxury-to-retail giant PPR (up 2.61%) made a 5.3 billion euro ($7.1 billion) takeover bid for the company.
Shares in Air France-KLM increased on Friday after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to “buy” from “hold”.
The newly merged transatlantic exchange operator NYSE Euronext made its debut in Paris when it started trading as a combined company on Wednesday.
Shares in the world’s largest utility E.ON increased considerably after it gave up its 42 billion euro bid ($56 billion) for Spanish utility company Endesa (down 0.69%), agreeing to split it up with rivals.
Shares of Italy’s Pirelli soared to 9.67% Monday morning after it revealed late Sunday that it was in talks with U.S. telecom giant AT&T and its Mexican affiliate America Movil to sell two-thirds of its 80% stake in holding company Olimpia for 2.82 euros a share less debt.
Risk to euro zone inflation remain and the European Central Bank will do what is necessary to ensure stable prices, the authority's president, Jean-Claude Trichet, said in newspaper interviews published on Monday.
Cap Gemini’s shares increased 2.37% in Paris trade Friday after Exane BNP Paribas upgraded the IT group from ‘neutral’ to ‘outperform’, citing the company’s strong growth prospects based on its business mix, cost control and use of off-shoring.
Shares of caterer Compass Group gained 5.78% in midday London trading Thursday after it reported that trading in the first 5 months of the year has been ahead of its expectations and the sale of its European vending business is progressing.
Germany's unemployment rate fell to 9.8% in March from 10.1% the month before, the country's Federal Labor Office said Thursday, a steady decline that reflected the overall upswing in the labor market.
Despite concern over the U.S. economy, European finance ministers stuck to forecasts of solid economic growth in their part of the world this year as a second day of policy talks got underway in Brussels on Tuesday.
Here are some of Monday's big movers on European stock markets
Here some of Friday's big movers on European stock markets
Dutch publishing company Wolters Kluwer said Friday it is in talks with private equity fund Bridgepoint Capital to sell its education unit for 750 million euros-775 million euros ($999 million-$1.02 billion).
UniCredit said Thursday that fourth-quarter net profit more than tripled, boosted by good volume growth in Italy and Central Eastern Europe and higher net interest income.
Here are some of Thursday's big movers on European stock markets
Speaking about the correction, of course! Well, in percentage terms it didn’t even qualify as that, except perhaps in China. But even the Shanghai market is back in rollicking form.
We are on the verge of marking the 50th anniversary of the European Union -- taking as its birth the Treaty of Rome -- and politicians will spend this weekend in Berlin toasting the treaty.
Britain's Imperial Tobacco on Thursday confirmed it had made a bid approach to Altadis at 45 euros a share in cash valuing the Spanish firm at 11.5 billion euros ($15.2 billion).
Brett Gallagher, deputy chief investment officer at the Julius Baer Global Equity Fund, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that he sees strong growth in Europe as the U.S. economy slows.