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Karen Tso takes you through the European market open where stocks have come in higher.
Ewald Nowotny, member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB), tells CNBC that markets over interpreted the possibility of negative deposit rates and there is no specific plan in that direction.
U.K.-government owned Royal Bank of Scotland said it wanted to start writing the sale prospectus for investors in mid-2014 or earlier.
European Central Bank board member Erkki Liikanen told CNBC on Friday that he agreed with the bank's decision to cut interest rates by 25 basis points and said there was no split on the governing council regarding the decision.
Erkki Liikanen, ECB board member, tells CNBC that took action in yesterday's ECB meeting and they are ready and able to act again.
Three senior executives at Royal Dutch Shell have been identified by shareholders and analysts as potential successors to Peter Voser, who announced he would be stepping down as chief executive, the FT reports.
The euro is slowly recovering ground vs. the dollar after taking a knock yesterday on comments from the ECB president, Mario Draghi, who said that the central bank was open to more stimulus. Geoff and Julia report live from Bratislava, where the meeting took place.
France's largest bank, BNP Paribas reported a 45 percent fall in first-quarter net income on Friday and CEO Jean-Laurent Bonnafé told CNBC he is satisfied with the result.
Michael Hewson, Senior Market Analyst at CMC Markets says despite the ECB rate cut, the necessary reforms needed in European economies are not being implemented.
Evan Lucas, Market Strategist at IG says the EUR is now a funding source for yield investments.
Frank Lavin, CEO of Export Now, says central banks have taken it as far as they can in terms of monetary intervention, and there is not much more upside to policy easing.
Jim O'Neill, outgoing chair of asset management at Goldman Sachs, talks about making returns in time of crisis, austerity and his "first love": foreign exchange.
Jim Cramer believes a major catalyst is changing in the market. The implications are big.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on Thursday's market moving events in Europe today, including the ECB's decision to cut rates 25 basis points to an historic low of 0.5 percent.
European shares rebounded to a higher close on Thursday, paring losses from when ECB President Mario Draghi confirmed the central bank would not deliver any extra stimulus.
Alberto Gallo, head of European macro credit research at RBS, explains why Draghi's comments on lending to SMEs reinforce his views that investors should be long on peripheral banks and corporates.
ECB President Mario Draghi on Thursday called on EU nations to continue austerity measures and warned against raising taxes, which he said were already very high.
Geoffrey Yu, FX strategist at UBS, discusses the euro's fall following Draghi's comments, and says now is the time to be long on euro.
John Authers, investment editor at the Financial Times, discusses how an ECB negative deposit rate would affect the market, and how the euro reacted to Draghi's comments on Thursday.
What do you do when the Pope tweets about rising unemployment in Europe, but the trillions of euros pumped into the financial system fail to get the economy going?
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Bruce Jenkyn-Jones, head of listed equities at Impax Asset Management, says geopolitical events have shown the need for energy diversification. He selects his top "green" picks.
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, CEO of Telenor, discusses the group's exposure to Ukraine and Russia and says that "economic parameters tend to shift" back into positive mood after big negative events.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday amid corporate earnings news and ongoing turmoil in Gaza and Ukraine.