CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports the top business stories from Europe, as investors worry the U.S. Federal Reserve may taper its bond purchase program.» Read More
The European Central Bank won't solve the euro zone's debt crisis as long as the European Union behaves like a "dysfunctional" family, Bill Gross, Pimco founder and co-chief investment officer, told CNBC on Tuesday.
U.S. markets lose early gains after a surprise drop in consumer confidence. Homebuilders are down today after home prices fall again. RadioShack shares plunge after the company severely lowers its Q4 forecast. And the bull run in gold appears to remain intact.
European shares trim early gains on U.S. economic data, but close mostly higher. Portugal stocks underperform peers on worries about possible default. Euro zone unemployment hits highest level since currency was introduced. The euro reverses course, loses ground after early gains. Tomorrow, 27 EU commissioners vote on NYSE-Deutsche Boerse merger. Greek public sector haircuts possible: Eurogroup's Juncker.
Any decision by Iran to cut oil exports to the European Union will affect the price of oil and hurt the region's economy, OPEC Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri told CNBC on Monday.
Markets in Europe extend losses as Wall Street slumps. Bank stocks among the biggest losers. Yields fall in the latest 5- and 10-year auction of Italian debt. Negotiations between Greece and private-sector creditors continue. Underwriters hike cost of insuring Portugal bonds and want upfront payment. And Germany's Merkel to actively support re-election efforts of Frances's Sarkozy.
U.S. markets mixed in response to 2.8 percent GDP growth. Chevron announces earnings were down 3.2 percent, while P&G beats but lowers estimates due to currency concerns. Ford cites increased commodity costs as it reports lower than expected Q4 profit. And Costa Cruises offers $14,460 to each Concordia passenger.
European markets end the day in negative territory following the release of U.S. GDP data. European auto stocks lead market lower. BNP Paribas to sell $11 billion energy loan portfolio. Italian bank loans help LSE beat analysts' revenue estimates for Q4. The EU's Rehn says a Greek deal could come as soon as today. Portuguese government bond yield hits new euro era highs. With Jon Najarian, OptionMonster.com.
Where is Greece's Papademos? Where is Mario Monti? What happened to the prime ministers of Spain and Portugal? Were they not invited to the Davos Summit? Surely, they were.
"Europe needs a two-speed euro," Dr Gerard Lyons, chief economist at Standard Chartered, said on CNBC, "You don't have any room for flexibility, any room for manoeuver and that's why here at Davos, one of the big worries that people have is that this European problem is going to run."
As bonus season in the City of London gets underway in earnest next week the first of the UK’s major banks, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), announced the bonus package for its chief executive Stephen Hester on Thursday evening and immediately came in for criticism.
The region is utterly dependent on the health of the richer EU members. This is why, analysts said, when things will turn for the better, investors stand to gain from a faster recovery than in Western Europe.
Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackerman says he thinks nothing is going wrong with negotiations on Greek debt problems and a solution is very close. Ackerman says a default in Greece would be damaging because people underestimate the collateral damages that include the payment system within the central bank and exposure to Greek companies, not just a sovereign consequence. He adds that Deutsche Bank reduced its risk to sovereign debt early on.
CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports the U.S. markets pare early gains. Weekly jobless claims up but still under 400,000. Netflix surges following blowout quarterly earnings. Caterpillar profits jumps 58 percent. But AT&T posts a quarterly loss of $1 billion even though revenues beat the Street.
European markets close higher on the heels of yesterday's Fed announcement. Miners lead the markets higher. Talks between Greece and private sector debt holders resume today. The euro touches a five-week high against the U.S. dollar. Italy sees solid demand at auction for 2-year debt. Lagarde says that if necessary, the public sector should participate in debt reduction. With Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann.
Nasdaq gets an Apple boost, as investors react to Apple earnings. The Dow and S&P are down on the day after the President's State of the Union. Apple surpasses ExxonMobile as the world's most valuable company. Boeing beats estimates but offers weak guidance.
European markets close mostly down over ongoing concerns over a Greek debt deal. Billionaire George Soros says we need to strengthen Italy & Spain. Telecom shares fall after Ericsson misses sales and profit forecasts. German business sentiment rises for the third straight month. Treasury sells $35 billion in 5-year notes at yield of .899 percent.
UniCredit is planning to raise up to €25 billion ($32.6 billion) through the issue of so-called covered bonds as Italy’s largest bank by assets seeks to open up a new stream of funding amid ongoing pressures on bank liquidity in the euro zone, the Financial Times reports.
European leaders are beginning to accept the idea that Greece will be forced to default on its debt, causing a long-feared "credit event" that triggers billions of dollars of credit default swaps.
CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports on the lower U.S. open, even as tech and health care try to lead the market back to positive territory. McDonald's, J&J and Dupont announce "decent" earnings reports. And the CBOE's volatility index hovers below 20.