The news on Russia’s economy seems to be going from bad to worse, with a downgrade of its sovereign credit rating by ratings agency Moody’s.» Read More
European shares opened lower on Friday with investors looking ahead to key jobs data due out from the United States.
Pierre Aubouin, CFO of Areva, says the nuclear industry is "not in crisis" and expects the install base to increase over the next year.
Duncan Farr, banks specialist at Macquarie Group, says it will be tough for Banco Espirito Santo to raise the required fresh capital it needs.
RBS warned that Scottish independence could have a "material adverse effect" on the company. Jim McCaughan, CEO of Principal Global Investors, discusses the impact of a Scottish "yes" vote.
Frédéric Oudéa, CEO of Société Générale, says the company is "adapting" to the tense situation in Russia, but is confident about its long-term plan in the country.
Richie Boucher, CEO of Bank of Ireland, says valuations of assets in the Irish economy have not gone too far and a recovery in the country is underway.
Jim McCaughan, CEO of Principal Global Investors, says the sell-off in European equities is a "healthy wobble".
Paul Geddes, CEO of Direct Line, says the company is "reviewing" the disposal of its Italian and German business.
Chief executives of Europe's top companies tell CNBC how sanctions on Russia are affecting their business.
Henri de Castries, CEO of AXA, says the company is prepared for further natural disasters after adverse weather in Germany caused a high number of payouts for the insurance company in the first half of 2014.
Geoffrey Yu, FX strategist at UBS, says Chinese President Xi Jinping has been as "good as his word" by sticking to the anti-corruption drive, but could scale back if growth begins to slow.
Frédéric Oudéa, CEO of Société Générale, says the second-quarter results posted by the bank were "strong".
Frédéric Oudéa, CEO of Société Générale, says the slew of banking litigation cases is a "risk" for the industry.
David Rees, emerging market economist at Capital Economics, says Argentina's technical default is the "final hurdle" preventing the country tapping the markets to raise money.
European and U.K. stocks opened mixed on Thursday, with another blast of quarterly earnings from big-name companies in gear. and after news that Argentina has entered its second default in 13 years.
Francesco Filia, CEO and CIO at Fasanara Capital, says Italian equities have a 20 percent upside over the next six months.
Lars Machenil, CFO of BNP Paribas, says the support from clients has given the bank "confidence" that it can continue operating.
Mario Greco, CEO of Generali, says geopolitical tensions make "subdued" economies worse.
Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel Lucent, says he expects to "win" in the tough telecoms market.
Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo, says despite weakness in China, the drinks company will continue to focus on the emerging markets.
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.