European equities closed mixed on Tuesday, despite figures on EU unemployment showing the region taking a step in the right direction.
Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered, the U.K.-based banks, scraped through the country's bank stress tests.
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The Bank of England will examine barring executives over the 2008 near-collapse of HBOS, the mortgage lender.
European markets closed sharply higher on Wednesday, as investor sentiment was boosted by earnings and a sharp rebound in oil prices.
Lloyds Banking Group has taken another 500 million pounds ($765 million) charge to compensate customers mis-sold loan insurance.
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Britain's smaller lenders will avoid the Bank of England's 'stress tests' of their resilience to shocks, the central bank said on Wednesday.
European stocks accelerated gains into the close on Monday after a weak U.S. employment report dampened expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates soon.
European markets closed sharply lower on Monday, despite paring some losses, amid a staggering selloff in stock markets around the world.
European stock markets faced severe selling on Friday, with major markets crashing in excess of 2.5 percent.
European equities closed largely higher on Monday, despite the Greek stock exchange finishing its first day back after a five-week absence more than 16 percent lower.
European equities closed higher on Friday after a choppy end to trading in July, as investors eyed key earnings and data from the U.S., and slipping commodity prices.
Lloyds Banking Group reported a 15 percent jump in pre-tax profit for the first half of 2015 to £4.4 billion ($6.9 billion) on Friday.
Bank of Ireland, which was bailed out during the country's debt crisis, reported soaring profits for the first half of 2015 as bad debts were reduced.
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The U.K. Chancellor may sell state-owned shares in RBS at a loss as part of plans for an accelerated sale of government holdings in the sector.
The U.K.'s FTSE 100 saw stellar gains on Friday morning with risk assets buoyed by the expected results from the country's parliamentary election.
European shares rallied on Friday after the U.K. election outcome and a U.S. jobs report that showed economic growth but not enough to warrant a rate rise immediately.
U.K. equities closed higher on Friday, with the majority of European markets and many international markets closed for the Labor Day holiday.