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.
Germany's second-biggest bank, Commerzbank, has confirmed its interest in buying Deutsche Postbank, setting up a potential bidding battle with Deutsche Bank if Postbank is sold.
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.
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.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy will in a forthcoming visit to China call for an "equitable and fair" relationship between four major currencies -- the dollar, euro, yen and yuan, a senior French official said on Thursday.
Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche does not expect the U.S. economy to contract as a result of high oil prices and the real estate crisis.
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.
Gains in energy shares helped European equities end more than 1 percent higher on Tuesday, paring the previous session's 2 percent fall.
SAP, Europe's leading software company, said it was mulling a sale of its TomorrowNow U.S. unit, which is at the centre of a legal battle with arch-rival Oracle.
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.
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.
Rising power prices helped Germany's E.ON, the world's largest utility by sales, to boost nine-month underlying operating profit by 12 percent and beat market expectations.
Qatar's $60 billion sovereign wealth fund is still in talks to invest in EADS, more than seven months after saying it could buy as much 10 percent of Airbus' parent, Dubai's Emirates Today reported 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.
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.
European equities lost ground on Thursday, ending at their lowest close in six weeks as persistent credit fears continued to pull banking stocks lower.
The European Central Bank left rates unchanged as expected on Thursday, with analysts saying the doves in the governing council had the upper hand. The Bank of England also left the rates on hold, with analysts expecting it to ease monetary policy early next year.
Deutsche Telekom, Europe's biggest telecommunications company, said Thursday that its third-quarter profit slid as more and more customers abandoned their traditional fixed-line telephones.
European Central Bank policymakers have been relaxed about the euro's steep rise against the dollar -- in public at least -- but its move towards $1.50 is raising the prospect that it might intervene.