European Closing Bell


  • European market closes higher     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:30 PM ET

    European markets closed higher on Friday, capping off a busy week which saw investors absorb positive U.S. data and cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's monetary policy and heightened tensions between Russia and the West.

  • Why Bouygues is unlikely to win SFR     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    Ian Whittaker, media analyst at Liberum Capital, says that while Bouygues has dialed up its offer to take over Vivendi's SFR business, rival Altice is still in leading position to acquire the unit.

  • It's a sad day for Turkey: EC's Kroes     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    The European Commission condemns Turkey's move to block access to Twitter as it violates freedom of speech, Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for digital agenda, tells CNBC.

  • Sanctions to weigh on Russian economy: Fitch     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    James McCormack, managing director at Fitch Ratings, discusses the impact sanctions will have on the Russian economy and says risks to the country's outlook are to the downside.

  • Turkish political risks underestimated: Pro     Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    David Hauner, head of EEMEA fixed income and economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, says Turkish political risks are underestimated and there is a risk of further escalation within the coming months.

  • Sanctions and S&P may spoil Russia's Crimean party Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    Increased sanctions against Russia and its credit rating being put on negative watch, announced Thursday, were already making their impact felt Friday morning.

  • Russia's actions are 'unacceptable': Cameron     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    U.K. prime minister David Cameron calls on the EU to act with a "clear and united voice" to sanction Russia's "unacceptable" behavior.

  • Russia should be suspended from G8: Lithuania     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    Political and diplomatic isolation will hurt Putin's pride says Lithuania president, Dalia Grybauskaité, adding that Russia should be suspended from the G8.

  • Will gold be at $1,400 by year end?     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    Eugene Weinberg, head of commodities research at Commerzbank, expects gold to reach $1,400 by the end of the year, and says this "conservative" forecast is based on expectations of a stronger dollar.

  • European market closes slightly higher     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:30 PM ET

    European stocks closed slightly higher on Thursday, despite concerns about the unwinding of ultra-easy monetary policy in the U.S. and as Ukrainian concerns began to creep back into the markets.

  • Draghi hails 'great progress' on banking union     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    The ECB welcomes the EU banking union deal, says the central bank's President Mario Draghi, adding that the region needs a mechanism that "is properly funded."

  • Sanctions to hit Russia, EU 'hard': Minister     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    Alexander Stubb, Finalnd's minister for European affairs and foreign trade, says that while there isn't much that can be done to counter Russia's annexation of Crimea, Europe is acting in a united way.

  • Ukraine: What next for battered economy? Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 6:58 AM ET
    Russian paramilitaries stand guard outside of a Ukrainian military base in the town of Perevevalne near the Crimean city of Simferopol on March 11, 2014 in Perevevalne, Ukraine.

    Ukraine is still reeling from the apparent loss of Crimea and trouble on its Eastern borders, but economic battles may ultimately be more important.

  • Diego Moya-Ocampos, senior Latin America analyst at IHS, discusses the ongoing protests in Venezuela and what it means for the government.

  • European market closes mixed     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 12:30 PM ET

    European shares closed mostly lower on Wednesday, with the U.K. budget pushing the FTSE 100 down, although a rally in the autos sector boosted the DAX after a financial update from BMW.

  • Eurazeo invests in Desigual: CEO     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    Patrick Sayer, CEO of Eurazeo, says the group is investing 285 million euros in Desigual because of its potential to grow outside Europe and the U.S., notably in South America and Asia.

  • Bentley CEO: 'The Queen is our customer'     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    Wolfgang Schreider, chairman and CEO at Bentley Motors, comments on the group's "record year" in 2013 and its strategy - which includes the world's first luxury SUV. He also names the Queen as his favorite customer.

  • Are savers the big winners of the UK budget?     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    Simon Wells, chief U.K. economist at HSBC, and Jeremy Stretch, head of foreign exchange strategy at CIBC, discuss the U.K. budget's winners, plus its impact on sterling.

  • What's the outlook for LNG?     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    Andrew Walker, head of LNG strategy at BG Group, says that while Ukraine has had little impact on the LNG market so far, it will be "tight" towards the end of the decade.

  • This phone cover monitors your health...     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    Hammish Patel, Azoi CEO, introduces the Wello iPhone cover that doubles as a health-monitoring device and syncs with other fitness wearables.

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