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London hedge funds Odey Asset Management and Egerton Capital are among those upping their bets against Monte dei Paschi di Siena in recent days, after revelations the troubled Italian bank faces heavy losses.
The game may soon be up for banks that have made themselves look healthier by understating how risky their businesses are, which should help pension funds, savers and companies to decide which institutions to invest in.
Euro zone inflation fell to a two-year low as companies cut prices at a time of record joblessness, potentially giving the European Central Bank more scope to lower interest rates.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on EU markets moved higher on Friday after the U.S. released its jobs report.
Denmark is facing its "Nokia moment"; drugmaker Novo Nordisk has ballooned into a $100 billion giant, dominating its home stock market just as the Finnish firm did at the height of the 1990s tech boom.
Banks will pay back another 3.5 billion euros next week of the emergency 3-year loans they took from the European Central Bank a year ago, further deflating the ECB's balance sheet after they paid back a whopping 137 billion euros this week.
Spain's largest banks have reported dismal results over the past 24 hours, hit by toxic real estate assets, and according to analysts, the results highlight the desperate need for Spain's banks to raise more capital.
Keith McLoughlin, CEO of Electrolux, tells CNBC that Western Europe consumer demand is weak as austerity measures take hold and they expect low demand in the first half.
Steve Sedgwick takes you through the European market open, where stocks have opened flat.
Chris Wheeler, bank analyst at Mediobanca, tells CNBC that the big question is what state the balance sheets of European banks are in.
Louis Vuitton, the world's biggest luxury brand in terms of sales, is planning to dampen its expansion worldwide and focus on high-end products to preserve its exclusive image, said Bernard Arnault, chief executive of parent LVMH.
Ashok Shah, CIO at London and Capital, tells CNBC that banks have been given a ¿free lunch¿ borrowing at very low cost in order to boost their profitability.
UK authorities are probing an allegation that Barclays loaned Qatar money to invest in the bank as part of its cash call at the height of the financial crisis in 2008, which enabled the bank to avoid a UK government bailout.
Nigel Lawson, former Tory chancellor, has urged George Osborne to fully nationalize the Royal Bank of Scotland, attacking the banking industry's bonus culture and what he says are its overrated "star" traders, the Financial Times reports.
French bank Credit Agricole warned on Friday that its fourth quarter results would be battered by 3.8 billion euros ($5.16 billion) in charges as the French bank reels from ill-timed acquisitions from before the 2008 financial crisis.
Germany's Dax index has risen 20 percent over the past year, reaching new five-year highs, even as the economy has slowed in recent months, but analysts say German stocks are still attractive because of the export potential of many of the companies.
Spain's short-selling ban came to an end on Thursday but analysts say that although the lifting of the ban is a sign of improved sentiment, further downward pressure should be expected in the coming weeks.
Spain's ruling People's Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on today's market action in Europe, as shares pared losses after a series of earnings weighed on market sentiment.
After a slowdown in the fourth quarter of 2012, Germany's economy seems to be getting back on track and some analysts now believe Europe's largest economy will go from strength to strength in 2013.
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Tim Graf, head of macro strategy for Europe at State Street Global Markets, says that global confidence, while still high, is deteriorating.
The underlying problems in Europe's southern economies have not been solved, says Hans-Werner Sinn, president at the Ifo Institute. He also criticizes the ECB potential use of quantitative easing.
Nik Stanojevic, equity analyst at Brewin Dolphin, says Iliad's bid to take over T-Mobile U.S. is surprising and that the price is below the U.S. provider's value.