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European stocks pared back some of the losses on Wednesday after plunging about 8 percent earlier in the session as credit fears grew.
Those looking for opportunities to short stocks and want to avoid the ban can bet on a downturn in the industrial sector, Simon Goodfellow, Head of European Equity Strategy Research, ING Wholesale Banking told CNBC on Friday.
If history is any guide, the FTSE may be in for a bull run as the index seems to have largely ignored the bad news over the past two months, market historian David Schwartz told "Squawk Box Europe."
First-quarter revenues at the London Stock Exchange rose 8 percent thanks to buoyant information and settlement services, the group said on Wednesday, sending its shares up 11 percent.
More and more U.S. investors are moving money across the pond, looking for opportunities within the European Union which makes up 25 percent of the total global stock market capitalization of around $55 trillion.
Barclays plans to raise billions of pounds by selling stakes to outside investors and offering shares to existing shareholders to boost its balance sheet, sending its shares soaring on Monday.
Britain's financial watchdog said investors with significant short positions in companies issuing rights will have to disclose those positions, as it unveiled a review of the efficiency of the capital-raising process.
Erin Burnett has been travelling the globe in search of the market movers of tomorrow. So far she has been to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Mumbai, India. Today, she is in London. Like last week's comparison of the UAE and India, here are some stats comparing the UK and the US.
Homebuilders in the UK still have tough times ahead and need large interest-rate cuts quickly to become attractive for investors again, officials and analysts said Monday.
Qatar's prime minister, who heads the country's $60 billion sovereign wealth fund, said he favors investing in European over U.S. lenders because U.S. bank stocks are likely to fall further.
European shares fell nearly 2 percent on Friday in their worst sell-off in almost a month, as concern about the outlook for U.S. economic growth resurfaced after surprisingly weak employment data.
The United Kingdom is one of five trillion-dollar economies in western Europe. Its economic strength has allowed it to remain independent of the European Union, and public opinion polls have shown steady, substantial opposition to abandoning the pound for the euro.