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Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen
CNBC EMEA Head of News

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    European stocks are expected to open flat on Tuesday ahead of a report on the Spanish banking industry and a raft of earnings from across Europe before the opening bell.

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    As investors prepare for another trading week, stocks are in risk mode on expectations that euro zone policy makers will do whatever it takes to preserve the euro.

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    European stocks are expected to open sharply higher on Monday on hopes that the European Central Bank and U.S. Federal Reserve will this week deliver measures to boost growth and contain the euro zone debt crisis.

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    With growth slowing across most major markets, one well-known stock market bear is predicting big losses for stocks in the third quarter, despite the chance of further central bank action to help shore up confidence.

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    European stocks are expected to struggle to find direction at the European open as hopes of further policy action by US and European authorities to boost growth are offset by more bad news on the euro zone debt crisis.

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    European stocks are expected to open lower on Wednesday amid concerns over Spain and Greece’s finances and following a rare earnings miss by Apple. With Spain’s borrowing costs soaring after an auction of short term debt on Tuesday an alarm signal was sounded when the cost of borrowing over 5 years rose above the cost of 10 year borrowing.

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    The open of the European market is expected to be mixed by spread betting firms following Monday’s highly volatile start to the trading week. Fears over Spain’s finances had seen its borrowing costs soar past 7.5 percent and its stock market trading lower by as much as 5.5 percent before rallying to close just 1 percent lower.

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    Spanish stocks fell sharply on Monday amid fears that a number of regional governments will ask Madrid for financial support. Meanwhile new data showed the Spanish economy contracted 0.4 percent in the three months from April to June.

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    A robust and self-sustaining U.S. recovery is not on the cards, and we should now expect below trend growth for many years to come, according to Nouriel Roubini, the economist famed for his bearish views.

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    Consumer electronics giant Philips announced forecast beating profits Monday, indicating that CEO Frans van Houten’s turnaround plan is beginning to pay off despite difficult market conditions.