CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, as traders become wary of Ukraine event risk.» Read More
*Wall Street seen opening higher. LONDON, Feb. 24- European stocks rose and the euro strengthened against the dollar on Monday as a surprise improvement in German business morale added to optimism over the euro zone's recovery, although worries over credit tightening in China kept investors wary.
BARCELONA, Feb 24- The world's biggest messaging service WhatsApp, which Facebook has just bought for $19 billion, will add voice calls to its product in the second quarter of this year, its chief executive Jan Koum said on Monday. Koum said WhatsApp's acquisition by Facebook would not alter his roadmap to develop the product to reach the next 1 billion users.
CNBC's Julia Chatterly reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as reports have surfaced that banks in China have started to tighten loans to property-related industries.
BARCELONA, Feb 24- Nokia, soon to be acquired by Microsoft Corp, is turning to software created by arch-rival Google for a new line of phones it hopes will make it a late contender in the dynamic low-cost smartphone market.
LONDON- HSBC reports a 9 percent increase in annual pretax profit, which misses market expectations, and warns of greater volatility in emerging markets this year, sending its stock price sharply lower. Volkswagen shares plunge on outlook, Scania deal.
LONDON, Feb 24- European shares and the euro got a boost on Monday after German business morale unexpectedly rose in February, lifting investors out of a funk caused by a fall in Chinese home prices.
TOKYO, Feb 24- Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said it will make a partial return to the smartphone market with two high-cost models, marketed at business customers as counterparts to its hard-wearing Toughbook laptops and Toughpad tablets.
Every Mobile World Congress in the past four years has featured an announcement about one of these operating systems. This year is no different, as handset makers, carriers and chipmakers try to break the stranglehold that Google Inc and Apple Inc have on the software that runs the world's mobile phones.
Luis de Guindos Jurado, Spain's minister for economic affairs and competitiveness, and French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, tell CNBC they are optimistic about the future growth of their countries.
SAN FRANCISCO/ BARCELONA, Feb 24- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will take a victory lap at the world's largest mobile technology conference in Barcelona on Monday, after beating out Google Inc in a $19 billion acquisition of free messaging service WhatsApp.
While welcoming Moody's upgrade of Spain's credit rating as "good news", Luis de Guindos, Spanish Finance Minister, says his country cannot afford to be complacent as there is still more work to be done.
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb 23- China's Huawei Technologies believes it can take advantage of recent changes in how operators in the United States sell phones to get a foothold in the all-important market, an executive with its consumer division said on Sunday.
SEOUL, Feb 24- LG Electronics Inc aims to broaden its range of smartphones so sales this year grow at double the rate of the market, as the South Korean company seeks to retake the position of world's third-biggest maker.
From Qualcomm and Intel to MediaTek, Marvell and Broadcom, the suppliers of the crucial components that power smartphone applications and drive high-speed wireless connections are scrambling to capitalize on opportunities taking shape as Chinese brands and telecoms carriers such as China Mobile gear up for 4 G LTE, or Long-Term Evolution.
SEOUL, Feb 23- Samsung Electronics Co is to unveil on Sunday its first wearable smartwatch powered by its Tizen platform in its latest attempt to distance itself from Google Inc and enhance its software and services.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including success for Valeo is lifting French automaker stocks.
CARACAS, Feb 20- Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several provincial cities on Thursday as protests escalated against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.
CARACAS, Feb 20- Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators faced off in streets blocked by burning barricades in several cities on Thursday in an escalation of protests against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government, witnesses said.
CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the slight decline in euro zone PMI data.
CARACAS, Feb 20- Security forces faced off with demonstrators in streets blocked by burning barricades in several Venezuelan cities on Thursday in an escalation of protests against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government, witnesses said.