European Closing Bell


  • Lindt to buy Russell Stover for 'more than $1B': CEO  Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    Lindt and Sprungli CEO Ernst Tanner told CNBC the deal was an "unique opportunity" and was worth in excess of $1 billion.

  • Shire deal makes strategic sense: Pro  Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Shire remains a sound and attractive purchase for AbbVie at this valuation, as it is a partially tax-motivated purchase, says Raghuram Selvaraju, head of healthcare equity research at Aegis Capital. He added that Abbvie could potentially migrate its tax burden to the U.K. as a result of the deal.

  • M&A shows renewed focus on growth: Pro  Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Recent mergers and acquisition activity shows increasing corporate confidence and a renewed focus on future growth, says Richard Hunter, head of U.K. equities at Hargreaves Lansdown.

  • Argentina wants it as much as Germany: Pro  Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    The World Cup final will be different to Brazil's recent thrashing, says Ramon Vega, CEO and founder of Vega Swiss Asset Management, who argues Argentina really wants to win.

  • Market overreacted to Indian budget: Pro  Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    The market's negative reaction to India's budget is the result of both unjustified expectations and external factors, says Shweta Singh, economist at Lombard Street. .

  • Europe markets close flat; Portugal shares rise  Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    European shares ended the day flat on Friday, as traders shrugged off some concerns about the condition of Portugal's banking sector, which had dragged global markets lower on Thursday.

  • Espirito Santo highlights latent banking fears: Pro  Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    The market's reaction to Espirito Santo is important as it puts into "sharp relief" latent fears about Europe's banking sector, says Nicholas Spiro, managing director of Spiro Sovereign Strategy.

  • Europe shares close down, Portugal banks weigh  Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    European stocks ended the day lower on Thursday, with peripheral stocks leading the declines, as Portugal's PSI 20 Index fell over 4 percent.

  • No signs of credit market sell-off: Pro  Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    Eric Green, senior portfolio manager at Penn Capital Management, said he didn't see any significant indications of a credit markets sell-off, given the "incredible" amounts of credit repair and how sovereign credit bonds had performed recently.

  • New bank rules won't help Espirito Santo: Pro  Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    For all the talk of new euro zone rules for helping out troubled banks, none of the solutions are in place yet, says Raoul Ruparel, head of economic research at Open Europe - meaning Portugal is where the "buck stops".

  • Italy's banking sector is exposed: Pro  Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Losses at banks in Europe¿s periphery could total 200 billion euros ($272 billion), warned Bob McKee, chief economist of Independent Strategy, who said he was especially concerned about Italian banks.

  • MasterCard reveals its top tourist destinations  Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    As MasterCard's Global Destination Cities Index reveals that top destinations are spending more on infrastructure, Ann Cairns, the company's president of international markets, says it's worth noting that other things also determine tourist numbers.

  • There are opportunities in Croatia: Stock exchange CEO  Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    The largely unprivatized energy sector, and fast growing-and as yet mostly unlisted-tourism sector, provide significant opportunities in Croatia, says Ivana Gazic, the CEO of the Zagreb Stock Exchange.

  • Mobile is going to come under siege: FireEye COO  Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    Cyber-attacks go where the money is, and as we become increasingly dependent on mobile devices they are likely to come under siege, says Kevin Mandia, COO of FireEye.

  • Europe stocks close flat, Portugal falls sharply  Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    European stocks ended the day flat on Wednesday, ahead of latest meeting minutes from the Federal Reserve, although Portuguese stocks fell sharply amid concerns over one of the country's biggest financial groups.

  • Espirito Santo's debt not a banking problem: Pro  Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Espirito Santo's debt woes are a group problem, rather than an issue with Portugal's banking sector, says Erik Nielsen, global chief economist at UniCredit.

  • Media organisations can no longer afford to rely purely on advertising and must instead learn "just like start-ups" to monetize digital content, says Neil Berkett, chairman of Guardian Media Group.

  • Pubs cheer World Cup: J D Wetherspoon chairman  Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    The World Cup has been good to pubs because it is a spectacle enjoyed by sporty and non-sporty people alike, says Tim Martin, founder and chairman of J D Wetherspoon.

  • Europe shares close lower; banking stocks slide  Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    European shares ended the day lower on Tuesday, dragged down by banking stocks amid reports that more lenders had begun settlement talks with U.S. authorities.

  • UK not ready for rate rise: Pro  Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    We are seeing worse-than-expected data from the U.K. -- usually an outlier where Europe is concerned -- leading us to conclude that it's not yet ready for a rate rise, says David Bloom, global head foreign exchange strategy at HSBC.

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