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Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese prime minister, comments on the sacrifices made by Portugal to exit its bailkout program and says there is "no risk of imprudent budget policy."
Tim Edwards, director of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones, says that it's "very hard to be bearish" right now.
Jharonne Martis, director of research at Thomson Reuters, says Wal-Mart is expected to report weak, negative same-store sales for its fifth consecutive quarter. He also comments on JC Penney.
Robert Noel, CEO of Land Securities tells CNBC that the group is beginning to "reap the rewards" from the "bold call" it made to build new buildings with no rental agreements in place.
Anthony Chan, chief economist at JPMorgan Chase, says the ECB will act in June and that combined with stimulus from other central banks, "it will make a difference."
Izumi Devalier, Japan economist at HSBC, says a contraction of the Japan's second quarter GDP is "inevitable" but highlights that the fall back in spending was not as sharp as expected.
Neil Atkinson, head of analysis at Lloyd's List Intelligence, says that global oil supply is moving ahead of "sluggish" demand growth, which could potentially lead to a fall in prices this year.
David Owen, chief European economist at Jefferies, says that recent European data, including GDP numbers, make it more likely that the ECB will act in June.
Marc Ostwald, strategist at Monument Securities, comments on the Bank of England's Inflation Report, saying the bank has a "steady hand" and looks at the breakdown of unemployment "very closely."
Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, discusses the impact of the exchange rate on the U.K. recovery.
The U.K. economy continues to face headwinds as the financial sector heals and private and public sector balance sheets continue to be repaired, says Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England.
Ekaterina Walter, author of "Think Like Zuck", says Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg possesses the five traits of a very good leader, which include purpose and passion.
Michael Purves, chief global strategist at Weeden & Co., says the U.S. stock market rally should continue as blue chips should drag momentum stocks higher with them.
The electric car championship has secured funding and TV deals across the world ahead of its first season, says Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings.
Kiran Kowshik, currency strategist at BNP Paribas, discusses the U.K. economy following the release of the latest unemployment data.
Pelham Smithers, head of Asian research at Pelham Smithers Associates, says Sony will remain in trouble until it can work out a way to "create an environment" to make its hardware electronics profitable.
CNBC's Catherine Boyle comments on the latest developments in the GSK bribery investigation in China and on the second day of hearings for Pfizer and AstraZeneca's CEOs.
Pascal Soriot, AstraZeneca CEO, says the group has what it takes to succeed on its own and that its "stand-alone strategy" will create value for its shareholders.
AstraZeneca has the "critical mass" to succeed internationally, Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca told CNBC, also discussing the group¿s pipeline.
Jason Kolbert, head of health care equity research at Maxim Group, says Pfizer's takeover bid is driven by AstraZeneca's pipeline, strategic tax advantages and cost savings.