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European shares closed lower on Thursday with investor confidence curbed by a mixed bag of earnings from major companies and concerns about slowing growth in China.
Aiman Ezzat, CFO at Capgemini, discusses how the company can get back to growth in Europe, and adds that the North America market is growing and emerging markets are booming.
Bracken Darrell, CEO of Logitech, says Q1 results signal the company is on track to turnaround, after net profit of $1 million was announced.
Leopoldo Alvear, CFO of Bankia, says the bank's restructuring plan helped it swing back to profit in the first half of 2013.
Bob Parker, head of strategic advisory group at Credit Suisse, says that Siemens' disappointing earnings are due to a drop in demand in the euro zone, and decreasing growth in emerging markets.
Positive unemployment data and bank earnings from Spain bode well for next week's growth data, but analysts warned that more needed to be done to cement economic recovery.
A trio of Spanish banks, including bailed out lender Bankia, posted big jumps in first-half profits as trading gains and lower writedowns on property assets helped a partial recovery.
George Buckley, chief U.K. economist at Deutsche Bank, says he expects 0.6 percent growth in the U.K. in the second quarter.
Andrew Lillico, the director of Europe Economics, says there is no evidence that the proposed EU fee cap on credit and debit cards will benefit consumers, and could slow the recovery in lending.
European shares were higher on Wednesday afternoon after flash purchasing managers' index (PMI) data for the euro zone came in better than expected.
Sam Stovall, chief equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ, says that new highs in the S&P are part of a "maturing bull market" and do not signal exhaustion.
Jaco Rouw, senior portfolio manager of core fixed income at ING Investment Mangement, says Euro/Dollar has not reacted to worries over Fed tapering or China growth.
Ana Armstrong, CEO of Armstrong Investment Managers LLP, says that theme-based investing is important, and favors companies involved in water infrastructure, and luxury goods.
Neil Campling, global TMT analyst at Aviate Global, says that Apple needs a bigger product cycle to maintain momentum, and will play 'catch up' with any new products.
Makram Fares, managing partner at StoneHedge, says that as the summer market lull comes, it is worth keeping the same exposure, but reducing the overall size of portfolio.
European shares pared earlier gains to turn largely negative on Tuesday, after a late session sell-off that traders attributed to concerns about disappointing Apple's earnings.
Barney Singer, head of emerging markets FX trading at Nomura, says that Turkey has done enough to calm the markets, but not shown "100 per cent commitment" to defending its currency.
Juergen Fitschen, head of the German Banking Association, says bank lending to countries is an "attractive business" under Basel III.
Kit Juckes, global head of foreign exchange strategy at Societe Generale, discusses when the Federal Reserve might start tapering its asset purchasing program.
Jed Hallam, head of social strategy at Mindshare, says that information about the royal baby will be on Twitter before it will be on the easel outside Buckingham Palace.