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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.
Lars Machenil, CFO at BNP Paribas, comments on the group's transformation plan and results which were impacted by legal provisions.
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.
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.
Lucy MacDonald, CIO at RCM, says that Yellen's Congress address gave the market a bit more clarity and advises "gradually increasing exposure" to emerging markets as values are starting to emerge.
Aidan O'Hogan, chairman at Property Industry Ireland, explains that the Irish property market has now emerged from difficult times and that the outlook for 2014 is "extremely favorable."
Brad Gordon, CEO of African Barrick Gold, says 2013 was a "watershed year" for the group and that it now has a "lot more discipline" for capital expenditures.
Jean-Francois Van Boxmeer, Heineken CEO, says the group will continue to grow in emerging markets albeit at a slower pace and discusses the currency impact.
Gary McGann, CEO at Smurfit Kappa Group says that the group has repositioned in terms of asset quality and achieved the "balance sheet structure" it needs going forward.
The Bank of England could update its forward guidance on Wednesday as the U.K. unemployment level, to which the guidance is pegged, fell a lot faster than expected, reports CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi.
Mike Amey, portfolio manager at Pimco, discusses commodities and says that an upside to the oil price is "not obvious."
The global economy will improve but 2014 will be a "transition year" says Severin Cabannes, deputy CEO at Société Générale, saying the bank has a positive but "prudent" outlook for the year.
Tomasz Czechowicz, managing director at MCI Management, discusses investment opportunities in CEE countries and advises investing in the "digital disruption space" as well as Turkey and Russia.
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.