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The Spanish PM has strongly denied claims that he and other members of the governing party received secret payments. "I have never received or distributed 'black money', it's false," he said, stressing that he would not resign.
David Haigh, CEO at Brand Finance, says UK banks lost $1.5 billion brand value on the money laundering and Libor scandals.
European shares inched up on Friday, as investors took advantage of the past two sessions' losses to snap up equities more cheaply, reassured by a run of solid data from China, Europe and the United States.
Bill Blain, senior fixed income broker at Mint Partners, says the euro zone crisis will kick off again.
Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, weighs today's positive jobs figures against yesterday's bad GDP number.
Spain's largest banks have reported dismal results over the past 24 hours, hit by toxic real estate assets, and according to analysts, the results highlight the desperate need for Spain's banks to raise more capital.
Spain's short-selling ban came to an end on Thursday but analysts say that although the lifting of the ban is a sign of improved sentiment, further downward pressure should be expected in the coming weeks.
Harry Tchilinguirian, head of commodity markets strategy at BNP Paribas, says today is just a pause in the upward trend for oil price.
A leading pan-European stock index fell on Thursday, hit by drops in brewing group AB Inbev and oil major Shell, and some expected further weakness in the near term.
Dirk Becker, head of banking sector research at Kepler Capital Markets in Frankfurt, says Deutsche Bank could have achieved the jump in its capital ratio by selling risk positions.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to announce stimulus measures as soon as Friday and the EU looks willing to ease budget deficit targets for Madrid, but it could all be in vain as the debt mounts up, according to an HSBC economist.
David Butter, associate fellow at Chatham House, contemplates the difficulties of recovery and restoring confidence in Egypt.
Roelof van den Akker, technical analyst at ING Wholesale Banking, takes a technical look at the DOW transportation index, the US 30-year T-Bond future and the euro/dollar exchange rate.
Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group, sees the beginning of a pull-back in the U.S. stock market.
European shares extended losses to close lower on Wednesday after U.S. gross domestic product data came in weaker than expected.
Jyrki Tervonen, CFO of H&M, tells CNBC the company continues expanding in 2013.
Jamie Dannhauser, senior economist at Lombard Street Research, says Spain's priority should never have been fixing the fiscal deficit, commenting on the Spanish stimulus measures to be unveiled later this week.
Peter Dixon, senior economist at Commerzbank Securities, shares his views on the disappointing U.S. GDP numbers.
With record unemployment figures, a fractious political scene, years of declining retail sales and Wednesday's depressing growth data, Spain appears to be sinking. Yet an improvement in risk appetite and falling borrowing costs continue to prop up the economy.
Riccardo Ronco, technical analyst at Aviate Global, joins CNBC for a technical look at the equity v.s. bond ratio and the S&P 500.