European shares opened in positive territory on Wednesday after an upward revision to U.S. third quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data boosted global market sentiment.» Read More
Tom Wilson, director of intelligence and analysis at Africapractice, highlights the challenges facing South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, ahead of his state of the union address on Thursday.
Maurice Levy, CEO of Publicis, says the group's over-exposure to luxury goods was one of the difficulties it faced in the previous quarter but says it should be a "temporary issue."
Eric Assimakopoulos, managing director at Revetas Capital, says that the CEE region is a good contrarian play offering "slow gradual gain."
The stress tests will provide clarity about the European banking environment and thus help the region's recovery says Lars Machenil, CFO at BNP Paribas.
Max King, portfolio manager at Investec Asset Management, says investors should try to be contrarian by investing in oil, gold and emerging markets and that they should "be patient."
European stocks opened lower with a slew of corporate earnings releases giving investors plenty to think about.
Adrian Doble, partner at FRP Advisory, tells CNBC that a cull in U.K zombie businesses is underway as with the rebound in the economy, companies that were over-indebted are struggling to meet higher orders.
Martin Senn, CEO of the Zurich Insurance Group, says the group's profit miss is due to restructuring charges and that it has "very strong cash flow" and "solid results."
Samir Brikho, Amec CEO, discusses the group¿s earnings and its deal with Foster Wheeler, which he argues, will be the first time that an oil company will serve a client "through the whole value chain."
CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi joins the Squawk Box team to comment on Lloyds Bank's results and highlights that the group¿s underlying numbers continue to be impacted by PPI provisions.
Philippa Malmgren, president at Principalis Asset Management, says that the strength of the U.S. economy has given Congress the perfect excuse to "wait it out" when it comes to resolving the debt crisis.
Marc Ostwald, strategist at Monument Securities, says that Letta holding on to power in Italy could be "bad news" as Renzi has a pact to reform the electoral law with Silvio Berlusconi's party.
Satyajit Das, author of 'Extreme Money', says that the market is in a "holding pattern" in which it ignores risks following the lack of reaction to the OMT court case transfer and Italy's political woes.
Valentin Marinov, director of foreign exchange strategy at Citi, discusses the Australian dollar following the release of disappointing employment data and advises being short over the long term.
Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB CEO, explains that the group has had to lower its sales target due to a slower than expected rebound in the global economy.
Lars Machenil, CFO at BNP Paribas, comments on the group's transformation plan and results which were impacted by legal provisions.
A technical issue momentarily silenced Steve Sedgwick out in Ireland on Wednesday, and the Squawk team wonders if this constitutes an improvement.
Barry O'Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland, highlights that while the foreign investments side is strong, freeing up enough for lending domestically in Ireland "remains problematic."
Sir Howard Davies, chairman at The Phoenix Group, and Andrew Lilico, economics fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, disagree on whether the Bank of England will raise its interest rates in 2014.
European stocks followed their Asian counterparts higher on Wednesday morning as investors cheered Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's reassurance of supportive U.S. monetary policy.
Cutmore anchors CNBC’s flagship "Squawk Box" in EMEA; the three-hour show bookends the opening of European equity markets.
Based in London, Tso co-anchors CNBC flagship show in EMEA, Squawk Box, a show that sets the news agenda every trading day.
Sedgwick co-anchors CNBC's flagship program "Squawk Box" (Europe) and is also CNBC's OPEC reporter covering major meetings.