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CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including a look at the Italian bond auction.
Ireland returned to the capital markets with a splash on Wednesday, launching its first benchmark bond since the country's controversial bailout by the European Union.
The European Parliament voted to reject a deal reached by EU leaders on the bloc's next seven-year budget unless significant changes are made to the 960 billion euro plan.
Italy's three-year borrowing costs rose to their highest since December on Wednesday after Fitch cut its credit rating last week, but the country also managed to sell the top planned amount of a new 15-year bond.
Nigeria doesn't seem like a very safe bet for investors. But the country still offers investors several opportunities, especially in the banking and consumer goods sectors.
Output at euro zone factories fell more than expected at the start of 2013 and production in France and Germany slipped in the latest sign the bloc is struggling to emerge from recession.
As calls grow for Germany to have more control over the European Central Bank, banker Jens Weidmann played down calls for it to have more voting power.
CNBC's Kelly Evans reports global markets paused for a breath after hitting multi-year highs in recent days.
The euro zone's 17 finance ministers will meet on Friday to discuss a financial bailout of Cyprus, signalling growing momentum for a deal.
Chad Morganlander, portfolio manager, Stifel Nicolaus, expects the transition from the liquidity-driven stock market rally into an economic and earnings story will be difficult due to continued trouble in Europe.
Allegra Perry, luxury research managing director at Cantor Fitzgerald, tells CNBC that the fall in Inditex's share price is a small correction but she expects their growth figures to remain solid.
The U.K.'s blue-chip index has soared 10 percent so far this year. Goldman Sachs says there's more to come.
Steve Sedgwick takes you through the European market open where stocks have come in lower.
The security fiasco at last year's Olympic Games was a "significant distraction" for G4S but its core business has managed to avoid any long-lasting damage to its reputation, Nick Buckles CEO at G4S told CNBC Wednesday.
Years of inflation in Chinese wages and freight costs have chased several US manufacturers back home from China. Now a British food producer is delivering arguably the ultimate blow to the one-time factory of the world. The FT reports.
Zara owner Inditex posted a 22 percent rise in 2012 profit to 2.4 billion euros ($3.13 billion) on Wednesday, shrugging off belt-tightening in home market Spain by tapping fashion-hungry consumers in markets like Asia.
Louise Cooper of CooperCity discusses economic red flags she is seeing. "I think the UK is very bad at analyzing what's going on in Europe," she says.
Chancellor Angela Merkel urged German employers to help get more women back to work after they become mothers in a country that needs to boost its workforce.
How immune is the U.S. market to the continuing crisis in Europe? Ewen Cameron Watt of BlackRock, provides perspective on the global markets, and on what's guiding BlackRock's stock.
Dissecting today's market action in the European markets, with CNBC's Simon Hobbs; and weighing in on activists role in the markets and whether stocks are still cheap is Aswath Damodaran, NYU Professor.
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Jan Dunning, CEO of St Petersburg-headquartered hypermarket chain Lenta, says the situation in Ukraine has had no impact on the group, as consumer confidence remains unaffected in Russia.
Vincent Deluard, European strategist at Ned Davis Research Group, says the strong euro is a problem for the region's companies, especially for the large exporters.
European shares closed higher on Thursday as investors brushed aside concerns regarding Ukraine and focused instead on Wall Street earnings and the latest U.S. jobs data.