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
From Portugal and Spain to the state of housing in the US, here are some notable themes to watch for in 2011.
European shares were set to pause after a brisk rally this week, with investors reluctant to take large positions ahead of a U.S. job report that will shed more light on the recovery.
European shares were set to edge higher on Thursday, after Wall Street reversed early losses following upbeat U.S. data on jobs creation and services sector growth.
European stocks were seen retreating on Wednesday, losing ground for the first time this year, as heavyweight resource-related shares feel the pinch of a sell-off in commodity prices.
January in the northern hemisphere is usually the coldest month of the year and it might prove to be a bitter one for euro zone governments trying to raise money in the capital markets, reports the Financial Times.
Critics once proclaimed that the euro was doomed to struggle. Different countries would pursue such different economic policies, they argued, that it would ultimately place an unbearable strain on the currency and some of its members. Today, many of those predictions are coming true, the New York Times reports.
The European Central Bank increased its intervention in government bond markets last week, indicating that the euro’s monetary guardian remained wary of an escalation of the eurozone debt crisis, reports the Financial Times.
European shares were expected to open little changed Wednesday, with investors avoiding strong bets at the tail end of the year.
European stocks were seen rising Tuesday, mirroring gains in Asia and extending their Christmas rally.
The CBOE Market Volatility Index (VIX) edged upward Monday. With a new year, rising tensions on the Korean peninsula and global debt fears, should you shift your portfolio allocations? Julian Pendock, partner at Senhouse Capital, offered CNBC his insights.
European shares were set to dip on Monday, with investors' nerves rattled by possible escalating tensions in North Korea.
The Bank of England and the European Central Bank announced a new swap line agreement today. But Portugal, Greece, and Spain need not apply—it only benefits the Emerald Isle.
As pressures mount in the euro zone, rating agencies are in an impossible bind, the FT reports. This year many investors have complained that the agencies have been slow to recognize the scale of problems, downgrading periphery debt too late – but when the agencies have actually acted – most notably with Spain this week – they have been accused by politicians of fermenting a new market crisis.
European shares are expected to open flat Friday, though concerns about the euro zone debt crisis linger and could weigh on markets.
European shares were set to open flat to slightly lower Thursday, continuing to pause from strong gains earlier in the week.
Asia’s clean bill of health presents two major opportunities. The first is to re-ignite the drive towards closer economic cooperation that has been stalled since the late 1990s Asian Financial Crisis.
Bond vigilantes will target Portugal and force the country to seek a bailout within a month, but Spain will not need to turn to its European peers for help, Piers Curran, head of trading at Amplify trading told CNBC on Wednesday.
European stocks were indicated to open lower after Moody's put Spain's credit rating on review for a possible downgrade, on worries over the country's debt and funding needs for next year.
European investors were set to take a wait-and-see approach to start Tuesday, with indications of little change to major markets at the opening bell.
Moody's has just increased its estimate for loan losses by Spanish banks by a sizeable 63 percent.