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European stocks opened higher on Friday with investors keeping an eye on the unfolding events in Italy's political scene.
CNBC's Julia Chatterley, explains CNBC's Julia Chatterley, who should then mandate Matteo Renzi as new prime minister.
Mark Cutifani, CEO of AngloAmerican, says that while the miner's results are not where he wants them to be, they are "encouraging" and that the group has made "good ground" on its costs.
Patrick Legland, global head of research at Societe Generale, says that in the next few months, Europe will have a series of catalysts for a good equity performance.
Jeff Largey, head of metals and mining research at Macquarie Group, says the European steel market is stabilizing and that margins in the mining sector are improving.
Timo Del Carpio, European economist at RBC, discusses Europe's debt profile and says the stronger-than-expected GDP numbers out of France and Germany will help fiscal consolidation.
Michael Rodda, head of EMEA retail capital markets at Cushman & Wakefield, explains that the European retail property market is looking increasingly attractive.
Jim McCaughan, CEO of Principal Global Investors, says that while the level of debt in the U.S. is sustainable due to the country's growth rate, the situation is different in Europe.
Philip Tyson, rates strategist at ICAP, discusses Italian fundamentals and says that growth could "potentially" stay negative for the next couple of years.
Former Irish rugby union player Ronan O'Gara, sympathises with Geoff Cutmore by saying CNBC co-anchor Steve Sedgwick is one of the most difficult persons he's ever met.
Thu Lan Nguyen, EMEA foreign exchange strategist at Commerzbank, says that the subdued reaction to Italy's political woes is due to the ECB's "extremely good job."
Some banks will fail the European Central Bank's stress tests says Bill Winters, CEO of Renshaw Bay, adding that the ECB is very keen for them to be "credible".
Italian are waiting for Thursday's summit of the Democratic Party to see whether Prime Minister Enrico Letta will relinquish his position to Matteo Renzi, reports CNBC's Julia Chatterley.
Wolfango Piccoli, managing director at Teneo Intelligence, expects Enrico Letta to resign on Friday to be replaced by Renzi, who could be the "right man" for the job but would face "phenomenal" challenges.
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.
Eric Assimakopoulos, managing director at Revetas Capital, says that the CEE region is a good contrarian play offering "slow gradual gain."
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."
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.
European stocks opened lower with a slew of corporate earnings releases giving investors plenty to think about.
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."
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.