Scott Kessler, information technology group director and senior equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ, discusses Apple ahead of the group's quarterly results and says expectations are now ahead of reality.» Read More
Simon Baptist, regional director for Asia at EIU, comments on U.K. GDP and says growth should drop later this year as investments slow.
Neil Atkinson, head of analysis at Lloyd's List Intelligence, says that it's difficult to hold a long-term view on BP while the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is still being calculated.
Joseph Dayan, head of markets at BCS Financial Group, discuss the new sanctions on Russia and the impact it could have for global firms - such as BP.
Marijn Dekkers, CEO of Bayer, says the company does not feel the "absolute need" to make acquisitions, but is keeping an eye on opportunities in the market.
Scott Moeller, director of the M&A research centre at Cass Business School, highlights that while, in value terms, M&A activity is increasing, volume is down year-on-year.
Confidence to buy art online is growing says Robert Read, head of fine art at Hiscox, because it's convenient, easy and allows potential buyers to view art from around the world.
Stephen Sheung, head of investment strategy at SHK Private, discusses the Chinese banking sector and advises that it's "better to accumulate" than to shy away from them.
Bill Blain, strategist at Mint Partners, says the lack of consumption is holding back global growth as Western consumers remain very "cash-strapped."
U.S. pharma giant Pfizer is trying to appeal to AstraZeneca's shareholders as management at the U.K. group has yet to respond regarding the takeover bid, CNBC's Catherine Boyle reports.
Bob Iaccino, chief market strategist at Tehthys Partners, expects U.S. trading to be flat on Friday, but says the Microsoft earnings beat could pull the tech sector higher.
Norman Young, senior equity analyst at Morningstar, says Microsoft has the resources to compete in the "land-grab" for cloud business, and that the shift to a cloud- and mobile-led strategy is positive.
Annika Falkengren, CEO of SEB Bank, comments on the bank's activity in Ukraine, Russia and the Baltic countries, and says activity in Sweden and Germany is picking up.
Michael Purves, chief global strategist at Weeden & Co., discusses U.S. earnings and says the market is "pretty resilient", signalling that further upside is possible.
James Kretchmar, CTO for EMEA at Akamai, discusses online security and how it's becoming an increasingly important trend as cyberattacks are getting higher in volumes.
Andrew Sullivan, director of Asian sales trading at Kim Eng Securities, says the latest Japanese inflation data is a "little bit disappointing" and shows that momentum is slowing slightly.
Bryan Roberts, retail insights director at Kantar Retail, says the U.K. is seeing a "tepid uplift" in consumer activity and that retailers are becoming more optimistic about the year ahead.
Daniel Gleeson, mobile analyst at IHS, says that Microsoft's control over Nokia's software and hardware businesses gives the group greater ammunition to challenge Android and iOS leadership.
Christian Esters, senior director for sovereign ratings at Standard and Poor's Ratings Services, says the reasons behind Russia's credit rating downgrade include capital outflows and increased risks of slower growth.
Victor Anthony, managing director at Topeka Capital Markets, says Facebook is performing "exceptionally well" with engagement at an all-time high and revenue growing for the third quarter in a row.
Grigoris Kouteris, general manager at Upstream, says one of the key lessons from Apple's results is the focus on emerging markets and the company's "move beyond the developed world."