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European stock markets opened mixed on Friday, with a focus on ratings changes from Standard & Poor's credit ratings agency.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch finance minister, says he takes the S&P ratings downgrade of the Netherlands "seriously".
Rahul Sharma, founder of Neev Capital, says retailers use Black Friday to create excitement and get people shopping.
Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange, says small- and medium-sized businesses need equity capital which can complement bank
Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange, says he will be joining U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron on a trade trip to China and sees an opportunity to 'sell Britain' to Chinese businesses.
Robert Joynson, head of European transport and infrastructure research at Macquarie, says growing shipping capacity will put pressure on freight rates.
Roger Nightingale, strategist at RDN Associates, Peter Sullivan, head of European equity strategy at HSBC, and Shaun Port, CIO at Nutmeg.com, discuss the outlook for the equity market in 2014.
Don Smith, government bond strategist at ICAP, says the Bank of England set the unemployment threshold too high.
Chris Weafer, senior partner at Macro-Advisory, says Ukraine was hoping for a better trade deal from the European Union.
Miles Eakers, head of foreign exchange at Savi Trading, discusses how to trade the euro amid the ongoing rhetoric from the European Central Bank.
The Arctic is about to get a lot busier as shipping lines and energy companies look to exploit new trade routes and uncovered natural resources there.
Garry Hogarth, CEO of Agent Provacateur, discusses the lingerie market and the "50 Shades of Grey" effect.
Iain Armstrong, oil analyst at Brewin Dolphin, discusses the movement in oil price in the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal.
European equities opened mixed on Thursday with German stocks seen opening higher following a coalition deal.
Johan Jooste, head of London investment office at Julius Baer, says equities will be the "winner" in 2014.
Sturla Henriksen, director general of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association, discusses how the melting of the polar ice caps has created opportunities for the shipping industry.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested a review of European Union migration rules as he sought to allay concerns of the British population over the lifting of migration restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians.
Carsten Nickel, senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence, says Germany has "crossed the first hurdle" on the way to a stable government after a coalition government was formed.
Bill Blain, strategist at Mint Partners, says that 2014 will be stable for the stock market but "hell" for the bond market as the U.S. Federal Reserve begins tapering.
Enzo Puntillo, head of fixed income at Swiss & Global Asset Management, says a rate cut by the European Central Bank would be "psychological" and not address the demand issue for credit.
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.