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European shares turned down on Tuesday afternoon, after U.S. stocks opened lower on renewed fears that the Federal Reserve will start tapering its massive stimulus program in September.
Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group, says that uncertainty about next Federal Reserve chairman, and the direction of interest rate policy, is creating caution in the stock market.
Johnathan Portes, director of NIESR, says he is optimistic about the prospect of a sustained recover in the U.K., but said it will be driven by consumer spending, which could create the risk of an "unbalanced recovery".
Johnathan Portes, director of NIESR, says that "sensible" forward guidance would be pegged to a target like the unemployment rate, but said this would not be a "cost-free option".
Charles Diebel, head of market strategy at Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking and Markets, says that the European Central Bank's rates cut and use of OMT has helped to stabilize the euro zone, but the region is a long way off being on the path of recovery.
John Authers, senior investment columnist at the Financial Times, says it makes sense to look into meat alternatives, but affordability will be key.
The $325,000 in-vitro burger could help lead to sustainable meat production, according to the Netherlands-based researcher Mark Post.
European shares were mixed on Monday afternoon, as a worse-than-expected earnings report from HSBC weighed on the market, following strong data from Europe's services sector.
Ed Dempsey, chief investment officer at Pension Partners, says that the current period of good economic data is a "sweet spot" for equity investors.
John Authers, senior investment columnist at the Financial Times, and Simon Maughan, financial sector strategist at Olivetree Financial Group, discuss HSBC's earnings, and how companies that miss their targets are getting "badly punished".
David Enrich, European banking editor at the Wall Street Journal, says banks are reducing assets to improve leverage ratios.
Eugen Weinberg, head of commodity research and Commerzbank, says now is not the time to buy gold as sentiment for the metal remains weak.
European shares closed mixed on Friday after data showed the number of U.S. jobs increased by less than expected in July.
Larry McDonald, senior director and U.S. credit, equity and policy strategist at Newedge, says the Fed is looking to pop asset bubbles which could bring tapering in around September.
Steven Saywell, global head of FX strategy at BNP Paribas, says that investors want to buy dollars but are waiting for some positive data to be the catalyst for a dollar rally.
Hurley Doddy, co-CEO of ECP, says Africa looks 'poised for further growth', and businesses can use techniques that have worked in other emerging markets.
Neil Atkinson, head of analysis at Lloyd's List Intelligence, says that the U.S. will not be oil independent by 2020, this requires high oil prices, which are not guaranteed.
European shares closed higher on Thursday as investors reacted to strong U.S. and European data, as well as rate decisions from the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BoE).
George Buckley, chief U.K. economist at Deutsche Bank, says the Bank of England needs to keep its forward guidance vague.
David Bailin, global head of managed investments at Citi Private Bank, tells CNBC that ECB President Mario Draghi's statement on Thursday points toward fragile growth in Europe.