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European equities closed lower on Monday - despite a strong performance from Spanish stocks and positive data from the euro zone - after a mixed bag of U.S. economic data put investors in a cautious mode ahead of the jobs report at the end of the week.
Laurent Fransolet, head of European interest rates strategy at Barclays, discusses sovereign bonds and says that while Spanish yields should stabilize, the spread with Germany will continue to tighten.
Peter Attard Montalto, emerging market economist at Nomura International, discusses the South African rand and says the market has priced in a lot of domestic risks for 2014, including the upcoming elections.
Eugen Weinberg, head of commodity research at Commerzbank, explains why it might be a good time to get back into gold, as most negative events have been priced in and an upside is likely.
European equities closed higher on Friday as retail stocks helped bourses to post gains, with Next seeing a rise of 10 percent.
Robert Gardner, chief economist at Nationwide Building Society, says the London housing market remains "way ahead" the rest of the U.K. and dismisses worries of a bubble.
Olgay Buyukkayali, emerging market strategist at Nomura, says the latest political crisis in Turkey will hit growth.
European equities closed lower on Tuesday, after data released from the euro zone gave a mixed picture of the region's recovery and U.S. stocks posting steep declines.
Andy Street, managing director at John Lewis, explains that the success of John Lewis's holiday season sales is down to the strength of its multi-channel offering.
Julian Callow, chief international economist at Barclays, discusses the euro zone following the release of "very good" PMI data.
Spain plans to cut taxes for low-income Spanish families in 2014, but citizens in higher income brackets won't get the same windfall.
Jonathan Fenby, managing director for the China team at Trusted Sources, highlights that Xi Jinping is a "big contrast" to his predecessor, and explains what it means for China.
European equities closed higher on Thursday as investors around the world reacted to the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to maintain low rates while winding down its stimulus program.
Hans Stoter, CIO at ING Investment Management, says that the "next leg up" for equities will have to come from earnings growth, as valuations are fair.
Marcus Grubb, managing director for investment research and marketing at the World Gold Council, admits that 2013 was very challenging for gold and discusses expectations for 2014.
Thanos Papasavvas, strategist for fixed income and currencies at Investec Asset Management, explains why he expects 10-year Treasurys to gradually move higher through 2014.
Mike Amey, portfolio manager at PIMCO, says the Bank of England has some "tricky messaging ahead" regarding forward guidance, as the unemployment threshold looms.
Lilit Gevorgyan, senior economist at IHS Global Insight, discusses the Russian aid package for Ukraine which includes bond buying and reduced gas prices, and what it means for the Ukrainian economy.
European equities closed higher on Wednesday, recouping the previous day's losses, as investors prepared for the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's final policy meeting of the year.
Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Sterne Agee, says the Fed is unlikely to taper for a while as the U.S. labor market has yet to show "irrefutable evidence" that it's on the mend.