Jon Cox, head of European consumer equities at Kepler Cheuvreux, comments on Nestle's earnings and highlights that currency weakness was a "big pain" for the group in the first quarter.» Read More
Joseph Mathunjwa, president of South Africa's AMCU, says the miners' strike will hit platinum producers and possibly gold producers, as workers demand better wages.
European equities closed lower on Monday after data showed that growth in China continued to slow, while a surprise profit warning from Deutsche Bank worried investors on the continent.
Philippe Waechter, head of economic research at Natixis Asset Management, says that France does not lag Germany as much as PMI surveys imply, and discusses France's proposed labor reforms.
In preparation for Davos, Steve Sedgwick asks CNBC's resident Switzerland expert - Caroline Roth - about the proper etiquette when eating fondue, among other things!
Mark Littlewood, director general at the Institute of Economic Affairs, says that while the U.K. Labour Party leader is correct in highlighting the lack of competition in the retail banking sector, his solution would be "disastrous."
European equities closed higher on Friday, boosted by the FTSE 100 after better-than-expected retail sales data in the U.K., with miners the biggest contributors to the day's rally.
Peter Schiff, CEO at Euro Pacific Capital, explains that he is more worried about the U.S. than Europe, adding that he expects the Fed to increase its stimulus again.
Liam Halligan, economics commentator at the Telegraph Media Group, comments on the NSA spying allegations ahead of a speech by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Kona Haque, head of agricultural research at Macquarie Group, expects sugar prices to fall further during the next six months. She says the market will bottom-out before the end of 2014.
Simon Colvin, analyst at Markit, explains that U.K. retailers, particularly supermarkets, have been "heavily targeted by short-sellers" since the holiday season.
European equities closed lower on Thursday, just below 5-1/2-year highs, with losses in the retail sector after weak earnings pared somewhat by strong performances from mining stocks.
Apostolos Bantis, credit analyst at Commerzbank, says that while 2013 was one of the worst years for emerging countries' credit markets, they will prove more "resilient" in 2014.
Heath Jansen, global head of metals and mining research at Citigroup, explains that the mining sector has gone through the "five stages of grief", and that he is now bullish on the sector.
Kaushik Basu, chief economist at the World Bank, says there should not be a strong negative reaction to tapering, as most of the correction took place in anticipation of the event.
European equities closed higher Wednesday, boosted by a World Bank report that said global growth is set to accelerate in 2014, and after Wall Street chalked up its strongest performance in 2014 in the previous session.
Bob Parker, senior advisor at Credit Suisse, comments on the U.K government's decision to cap RBS's cash bonus and explains why he thinks it's a "stupid idea."
Alan Clarke, director for fixed income strategy, banking and markets at Scotiabank, discusses Carney's comments on the U.K's housing market and forward guidance.
Christof Ruehl, BP's chief economist, comments on the group's 2035 energy outlook and says it expects oil demand in 2035 to be at the level seen in 1985.
Jon Cox, head of European consumer equities at Kepler Chevreux, discusses Lindt after the group's sales beat forecasts and explains that it is the "clear market leader" in premium chocolate products.
European equities closed higher on Tuesday, despite a string of disappointing statements on Wall Street, with strong U.S. retail-sales data for December buoying markets late on.