John Hardy, FX strategist at Saxo Bank, says the European Central Bank needs to make "real policy moves" such as quantitative easing in order to push the euro lower.» Read More
Nick Xanders, head of European equity strategy at BTIG, says the utility sector is cleaning up its business and could benefit from an economic recovery in 2014.
Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, says growth and investment in British manufacturing is the strongest for a number of years, but banks still need to do more to lend to small businesses.
Eric Chaney, chief economist at AXA Group, says there is not yet a full banking union, but a "half-cooked" deal resulting from political compromise.
Hazem Al-Beblawi, Prime Minister of Egypt, says the ousted Muslim Brotherhood is losing self-confidence and the government is in "command", as tensions escalate between supporters of the Islamist party and the security forces.
Malcolm Graham-Wood, founding partner at Hydrocarbon Capital, says China's GDP will be around 7.5 percent in 2014 and this will keep oil demand strong.
Charles Diebel, head of market strategy at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, says the U.S. banking and corporate sectors are doing well.
Lyn Graham-Taylor, rates strategist at Rabobank, says European peripheral bond yield spreads will narrow in 2014 as the global recovery takes hold.
JP Morgan Chase plans to reach roughly $2 billion in criminal and civil settlements with federal authorities who suspect that it ignored signs of Bernard L. Madoff's Ponzi scheme, according to people briefed on the case.
Geoffrey Yu, FX strategist at UBS, says the foreign exchange market will welcome a situation where emerging market central banks are looking to defend their currencies as tapering takes place.
Philippe Waechter, head of economic research at Natixis Asset Management, says Italy and France are late in implementing structural reforms, but Spain is doing well after a stellar set of jobs numbers.
European equities opened higher on Friday as investor attention turned to a number of speeches for U.S. Federal Reserve officials.
Max King, investment strategist at Investec Asset Management, says that earnings will be the "big story" for equity prices in 2014.
Michael Kollo, head of quantitative research at Renaissance Asset Management, says there is a large number of profitable companies with good growth prospects to invest in within the emerging markets.
Attractive CEOs receive higher total compensation, better returns on their first days on the job and boost stock performance when they appear on television, according to research by two economists at the University of Wisconsin.
Alejandro Garcia, CEO of IXE Group, and Ric Deverell, global head of product research at Credit Suisse, discuss the corn market and the effect of biofuels on prices.
CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi gets in the front seat as she takes a look at the recovery of the U.K.'s car industry.
Jon Neale, head of research at Jones Lang LaSalle, says there is no broad-based recovery in the U.K. housing market as prices are rising at different paces around the country.
Maurice Levy, CEO of Publicis, says better GDP forecasts and the winter Olympics will help the advertising market in 2014, but the FIFA World Cup will be the real driver.
Thanos Vamvakidis, head of European G10 FX strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research, says the EU is still setting up institutions to deal with the crisis and support growth.
Philippe d'Arvisenet, head of economic research and group chief economist at BNP Paribas, says Europe's growth prospects are weak and there are major macroeconomic imbalances across the region.
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.