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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.
Carlo Bozotti, CEO of ST Microelectronics, tells CNBC that in Q4 they outperformed the market in terms of topline.
European markets have opened flat, with a focus on earnings.
Barry Dixon, head of research at Davy Research, tells CNBC people are looking for more cyclical plays and good quality companies within defensive sectors.
Jesper Brandgaard, CFO of Novo Nordisk, tells CNBC that they see steady continued growth from their diabetes franchise.
Peter Voser, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, tells CNBC that they are on track for their four year plan to deliver a thirty to fifty percent cash flow growth.
Andrew Griffith, CFO of BSkyB, tells CNBC they are seeing broad based growth expanding their operations into new areas like communications.
Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo, tells CNBC the company are increasing their dividend again by nine percent but continue to see difficulty with consumer expenditure in Southern Europe.
Edmund Shing, European index strategist at S&P/Dow Jones Indices, tells CNBC it is hard to tell how much Spanish property prices have fallen as different indices give you different answers.
Guillaume Poitrinal, CEO of European commercial property group, Unibail-Rodamco, tells CNBC he is stepping down to pursue a new professional life.
Deutsche bank posted a fourth quarter net loss of nearly 2.2 billion euros as hefty litigation, restructuring and impairment charges weigh. Silvia Wadhwa has more from Frankfurt.
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.
David Richards, CEO at Wandisco, tells CNBC that the British venture capital industry has too many people from an accounting background and not enough people from a technology background.
Fernando Fernandez from the IE Business School, tells CNBC that the Spanish data has to be put in perspective and is not really that bad considering the amount of fiscal consolidation.
Mark Lewis, director of commodities at Deutsche Bank Securities, tells CNBC prices are in oil are stable which is evidence that the crude oil market is tighter than people realize.
Christian Gattiker-Ericsson, global investment strategist at Julius Bär, tells CNBC that they remain constructive on the market and expect it to do well at least until the end of this quarter.
Steve Sedgwick takes you through the European markets which have opened slightly easier.
Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, tells CNBC that a general sense of instability post the Arab Spring has already been factored in to the oil price but there has been no direct impact from the Algerian hostage attack.
Peer Schatz, CEO of Qiagen, tells CNBC they are looking at increasing the outlook for 2013 but will continue to manage the bottom line very actively.
Michael Wolf, CEO of Swedbank, tells CNBC that despite the economy 'biting' they are proud to have adjusted the bank to the new regulatory environment.
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.