France's Areva on Monday clinched the biggest commercial nuclear power contract on record, agreeing to sell China two reactors and to provide atomic fuel for nearly two decades in a deal worth far more than expected.
European equities were expected to gain ground on Monday, adding to a two-session recovery as investors continue to look for bargains following a selloff in the first three weeks of November.
European stocks rose for a second session in a row on Friday, as mergers and acquisitions talk prompted investors to scoop up recently battered financials and mining shares.
European shares ended in positive territory on Thursday, driven higher by pharmaceuticals after a broker upgrade of the sector, while flat commodity prices weighed on shares of mining and energy companies.
Shares in French bank Natixis soared 17 percent Thursday after its main shareholders announced they would inject $1.5 billion (1 billion euros) into the company's bond insurance unit.
The strength of the euro, at a record high versus the dollar, is becoming a problem for Europe's exporters, the president of the European Commission said on Thursday.
European shares fell sharply on Wednesday as fresh concern about the fallout of a credit crunch hit banks, while the record high euro dragged down shares of major exporters.
Long-awaited negotiations with striking transit workers began Wednesday, the eighth full day of a walkout that has paralyzed train traffic throughout France.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged transport workers on Tuesday to end a seven-day national strike over pension reform and give negotiations a chance.
Gains in energy shares helped European equities end more than 1 percent higher on Tuesday, paring the previous session's 2 percent fall.
The major European indexes ended firmly in the red Monday, despite a positive start to the trading session, as financial, basic resources and auto-maker stocks fell sharply.
Germany faces the prospect of unlimited rail strikes this week that could inflict serious damage to Europe's largest economy and even hurt neighbouring countries.
French catering and services group Sodexho Alliance disappointed investors with 2007 profits that fell short of expectations, sending its shares down as much as 10 percent.
France faces travel chaos on Wednesday as transport unions broaden a nationwide strike against pension changes that President Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged as part of an ambitious plan to reform the economy.
European stock indexes closed mixed on Tuesday as the impact of gains in telecoms inspired by a raised outlook from Vodafone, was countered by losses in the energy sector which tracked weaker oil prices.
Origination of European securitisations will probably slow for the full year versus 2006, the first time this has happened since 2000, as credit market turmoil bites, the European Securitisation Forum said on Tuesday.
European shares ended flat on Monday after a three-day losing streak as a bounce-back in financial stocks, which have borne the brunt of the global liquidity crisis, offset a fall in energy shares.
Soaring food and petrol prices pushed British factory gate inflation to its highest level in nearly 12 years in October, denting expectations that interest rates are about to fall.
European equities slid to their lowest close in seven weeks on Friday as investors continued to dump banking shares on persistent credit worries and as tech stocks tumbled on fears over the outlook for the sector.
1st pThe European Central Bank is ready to head off inflation risks, policymakers said on Friday, a day after leaving interest rates on hold for the fifth month in a row.