European shares were lower on Friday, with investors reacting to earnings news and economic data releases amid ongoing events in Gaza and Ukraine.» Read More
American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has hiked its takeover bid for British rival AstraZeneca to $106.5 billion. CNBC's Catherine Boyle reports.
James Butterfill, global equity strategist at Coutts, says that earnings are becoming more important with each quarter, and that so far for Europe it has been a "earnings-less recovery."
Martin Leclerc, CIO and portfolio manager at Barrack Yard Advisors, says investors shouldn't necessarily sell in May and go away but take the opportunity to look at their portfolio and reposition for the coming months.
Daniel Lacalle, senior portfolio manager at Ecofin Ltd, says the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight for energy stocks but that more needs to be done to get earnings going up and selects his top picks.
Marvin Barth, head of foreign exchange research for Europe at Barclays, says the U.S. dollar will appreciate in the long term, but will be challenged soon.
Manoj Menon, partner and managing director at Frost & Sullivan, comments on the news that Sony has slashed its profit outlook by over two thirds and says the good news is that the group is getting out of the PC business.
ParkJockey is an app that allows users to find and book car park spaces in advance, explains Umut Tekin, CEO of ParkJockey. The app, which is already available in London and Miami, will launch in six other cities before year-end.
Marc Ostwald, strategist at Monument Securities, discusses the U.K. economy and points out that while the manufacturing side is doing very well, it is only a small part of the economy.
Piers Curran, head of trading at Amplify Trading and Neil Shearing, chief emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, discuss what joining the European Union and the euro zone has done for Eastern European countries.
Neil Shearing, chief emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, says Russia is probably in recession and that despite the IMF program, it will be very difficult to see economic stability in Ukraine.
Piers Curran, head of trading at Amplify Trading, explains why after four "tricky months" for the market, he now believes it's time to be risk on.
John Canally, investment strategist and economist at LPL Financial, comments on the U.S. stock markets and on Wednesday's FOMC meeting.
Emmett Kilduff, CEO and founder of Eagle Alpha, says that Alibaba could take on eBay and Amazon in the U.S. after its IPO.
Richard Windsor, founder of Radio Free Mobile, says the issue with Twitter is that its addressable market is much smaller than Facebook's and that it needs to start expanding out of micro-blogging.
Marc Faber, publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, explains why he does not believe the ECB should do quantitative easing on the back of low inflation.
Brian Reynolds, chief market strategist at Rosenblatt Securities, says the U.S is in the middle of a credit boom and that investments from pension funds should continue to increase as the year goes on.
Seijiro Takeshita, director at Mizuho International, discusses the Japanese economy and says markets need to wait until June to get a comprehensive picture of how the hike in sales tax impacted the economy.
Michelle Thomson, managing director at Business for Scotland, says that Scotland is a "wealthy country" which could be awarded a AAA rating and that independence would create opportunities to alter policies.
Eivind Kallevik, CFO at Norsk Hydro, says the aluminium sector is in a good position at the moment as demand for the metal outpaces production.
Marc Faber, publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, explains why he believes that a crash could take place in the second half of the year.