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Gains in energy shares helped European equities end more than 1 percent higher on Tuesday, paring the previous session's 2 percent fall.
Stocks closed sharply lower as investors remained skittish about the housing slump's toll on the economy and potential credit losses at big financial services companies.
Several financial institutions have been telling investors that subprime losses may not be as big as feared. Yet many wonder if it's all just wishful thinking.
European shares fell over one percent on Thursday as uncertainty over subprime-related exposure hurt Royal Bank of Scotland, a stake sale took Sanofi-Aventis lower and energy groups tracked falling oil prices.
Here's what we're focusing on throughout the day: Oil took a dive after inventory data showed an unexpected build in supply. Oil was also moving lower earlier after OPEC cut its demand forecast for the fourth quarter Core CPI for October rose 0.2%, in line with expectations. Oil is lower this morning , following comments earlier this week from the IEA. Inventory data was due at 10:30 a.m.
When the market was filling in the blanks for itself Barclays fell 9 percent in a session and trading in the stock was temporarily suspended. To read the rumor the Chairman and CEO where heading out of the door.
Good and bad news this morning. Good news: CPI in line with expectations. --More relief on the subprime front. UBS said they do not expect a major write-down of subprime-related exposures.
Barclays, Britain's third-biggest bank, unveiled a 1.3 billion pound ($2.7 billion) writedown on its exposure to credit market problems on Thursday, less than was feared.
European benchmark stock indexes are expected to open mostly down on Thursday in a session likely to be dominated by French earnings and key inflation data for the United States and the euro zone that could dictate the central banks' next move.
Banks worldwide may lose as much as $400 billion from subprime mortgages, as at least one in four of the risky home loans go into default, analysts said on Monday.
Here's what I see this Monday morning:1) U.S. dollar finally showing some strength on weakness overseas, Hong Kong at a 6 week low, about 12% from historic high. 2) Jitters in tech land. All those momentum traders piling into techs in the last couple months are nervous.
Europe's biggest bank HSBC is this week expected to unveil a further big hit from its exposure to the U.S. mortgage crisis.
British bank Barclays categorically denied rumors it was about to announce a $10 billion writedown and see its top management quit, after such market talk sent its shares tumbling over 9 percent.
Leading European bank stocks tumbled on Friday as worries mounted that the U.S. subprime crisis has taken a sharp turn for the worse and will force another round of hefty writedowns of bank exposures.
Shares in British bank Barclays fell heavily in morning trade Friday and were among the biggest losers in Europe on market talk of funding worries and concern that Britain's third-biggest bank was guiding down numbers.
Banks and other financial institutions have expressed interest in providing more than $60 billion towards a super-sized fund aimed at bailing out structured investment vehicles, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
A manager at Royal Bank of Scotland will replace ABN Amro CEO Rijkman Groenink as the RBS-led consortium buying the Dutch bank in the industry's largest takeover took the first step in the process of carving it up.
A Royal Bank of Scotland-led trio of banks said its offer to buy ABN Amro had beenaccepted by around 86% of the Dutch bank's shareholders, paving the way for the consortium to clinch the $101.6 billion acquisition, the biggest banking takeover ever.
Investors representing 85% of shares in ABN AMRO have accepted a 70-billion-euro ($99 billion) bid for the Dutch bank from a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland, the Financial Times said.
Royal Bank of Scotland has effectively completed the financing for its part of the ABN Amro takeover, raising 5 billion euros ($7 billion) in the biggest fundraising of its type on record.