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European shares opened higher on Monday following Friday's strong finish on Wall Street, but gains look set to be capped by ongoing concerns in Ukraine.
Max King, investment strategist at Investec Asset Management, says there is a "stench of hypocrisy" over Pfizer's bid for AstraZeneca from politicians.
U.K. broadcaster BSkyB has confirmed reports over the weekend that it is looking to acquire stakes in Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland from 21st Century Fox.
Lucinda Guthrie, deputy global editor of Dealreporter, says there will be a flurry of attempted mergers and acquisitions in the next few weeks but politicians will look to close the tax loopholes that companies are taking advantage of.
Eleni Papoula, analyst at Berenberg Bank, says shares in Italian banks have "run too far" and are due a correction.
Neil Dwane, chief investment officer for Europe at Allianz Global Investors, says mining companies investing in South Africa will continue to face a "hostile" political environment.
Bill Radvak, CEO of American Vanadium, discusses the revolution in energy storage techniques with vanadium batteries.
Otto Dichtl, managing director of Stifel Nicolaus Europe, says the bond market is pricing in a low growth and low inflation environment.
Peter Kinsella, senior currency strategist at Commerzbank, says the yen will come under pressure as the Australian central bank and Bank of England begin to hike interest rates.
Dennis Lockhart, President of the Atlanta Federal Reserve, says it would "take a lot" to change the course of tapering.
Central bankers and CEOs give their views on a range of topics from the strength of the euro to mega merger and acquisition talks.
Sports lawyer Daniel Geey discusses European soccer governing body UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules as Manchester City faces a £50 million ($84.6 million) fine.
Scott Thiel, head of European and global bonds at BlackRock, says there are opportunities for bond investors when central bank monetary policy begins to diverge.
Miguel Azevedo, head of Africa investment banking at Citi, says Africa provides the best returns in the whole world but investing in the region is not "trouble-free".
European markets opened lower across the board Friday, as Ukrainian pro-Russian secessionists plan to continue with a referendum this weekend, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin asking them to call it off.
Bryn Jones, head of fixed income at Rathbones, says he is moving money from Spanish bonds to gilts as the U.K. gears up for an interest rate hike.
Jonathan Wood, associate director at Control Risks, says it will be a "difficult year" for Latin America as the region is exposed to normalizing monetary policy in the U.S. and slowing growth in China.
Rolf-Dieter Schwalb, CFO of DSM, says the strong euro is "hurting" corporates in Europe.
Antoine Chemali, CIO at Digital World Capital, says Alibaba's governance and share structure is a "concern" for investors looking to buy shares in the company when it goes public.
Larry Hatheway, chief economist at UBS Investment Bank, says the political involvement in Pfizer's bid for Astrazeneca will continue and there will be similar instances ahead.
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.