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Jos Short, executive chairman at INTERNOS Global Investors, says the Tory win will be a stabilizer for the U.K. property market and expects more activity in central London.
Alastair Newton, senior political analyst at Nomura, said that the great tragedy of the UK election was that the centre ground was lost as Labour campaigned on more left-wing policies and the Tories moved to the right.
Alastair Newton, senior political analyst at Nomura, insists that while the Conservatives are nearing an election victory, this isn't a big win for David Cameron's Tories.
Walter Menzies Campbell, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, says his party has lost some very good people as a number of Liberal Democrat incumbents lose their seats.
Jacob Nell, chief UK economist at Morgan Stanley, says markets are breathing a sigh of relief as David Cameron's Conservatives look poised to hold power in the U.K. election.
Rupert Curtis, managing director of Curtis Banks, says he hopes for more sensible investments by people opting to drawdown their pensions.
Alexis Dawance, head of equities of MFM MIRANTE, says the price collapse of solar panels makes renewable projects much cheaper.
European equities opened lower Thursday as voting in the U.K. general election is under way.
Andrew Sheets, chief cross-asset strategist at Morgan Stanley, says it's not time for investors to pare back risks in bond markets.
Joerg Schneider, CFO of Munich Re, says insurance premiums are still falling, but he is seeing the first signs of stabilization.
Paul Gambles, co-founder of MBMG Group, says debt is spiralling out of control in China, with the market likely to experience a very big shake-out.
Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, says the company has seen a slowdown in the U.S., but expects sales to pick up in the second half of the year.
John Petter, CEO of BT's consumer division, says that U.K. austerity measures have helped to depress revenue growth.
Kasper Rorsted, CEO of Henkel, says he continues to see sluggish growth in Europe, and that a pick-up is wishful thinking.
Patrick Flynn, CFO of ING, says the bank has benefited from recent volatility which has prompted increased customer hedging.
An alliance of diverse political parties in one government might not be as bad for the business world as people think, experts say.
Paul Stephany, a fund manager at Newton, says that while Labour is less business friendly, a win by either of the two main parties won't be an "Armageddon scenario" for U.K. equities.
European equities opened mixed Wednesday as investors reacted to a slew of earnings reports.
Eric Vanraes, fixed income portfolio manager at EI Sturdza Investment Funds, says he's convinced the long end of the U.S. treasury yield curve could perform in coming months.
Lundin Petroleum CEO, Ashley Heppenstall, says he believes the oil price will recover.
Geoff Cutmore is co-anchor for CNBC’s flagship programme 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.
Stephen Sedgwick co-anchors CNBC's flagship program Squawk Box Europe and is also CNBC's OPEC reporter covering major meetings.