European shares edged higher in Monday's holiday-shortened session, led by the banking sector and by fresh merger speculation surrounding France's Capgemini.
European stocks ended lower on Wednesday, as news of strong demand for the Federal Reserve's $20 billion auction designed to ease tensions in credit markets failed to boost banking shares.
European shares ended a volatile session little changed on Tuesday as coordinated action by global central banks to unlock the money markets boosted financial shares, but investors remained cautious.
Major European stock markets closed firmly lower Monday, as investors fretted about the anything that could derail the interest-rate easing plan in the U.S.
European stock markets ended a volatile week with a slight rally Friday, as investors sought bargains in banking and other battered stocks.
European stocks ended frimly in the green after the Federal Reserve announced that it would act together with the European Central Bank, Bank of Canada, the Bank of England and the Swiss central bank to tackle the credit squeeze that has gripped financial markets.
European markets ended in the red Tuesday, as investors waited for the outcome of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy decision.
European stocks closed higher Monday after quite firm U.S. housing data, a day before a Federal Reserve meeting to decide on interest rates.
European stocks ended higher on Friday, gaining ground for a third consecutive session as heavyweight mining shares including Xstrata soared on market talk of consolidation in the sector.
European shares ended slightly higher on Thursday, led by gains in financials after two key rate decisions came in as expected, but investors worried that inflation would deter future easing by central banks.
European shares gained 1.7 percent on Wednesday, snapping a two-day losing streak as banks and commodity stocks rose and a series of U.S. data releases soothed some concerns over the outlook for economic growth.
European shares ended firmly lower Tuesday as banking stocks sank in the run up to European and British interest-rate decisions and concern over tightness in the credit market remained.
European shares finished in the red after U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the housing market troubles will take "some penalty" on growth, but that the economy was solid.
European equities rose for the third straight day on Friday as banks took pole position on rising prospects of cuts in U.S. interest rates, but markets still ended with their worst monthly performance since May 2006.
European stocks ended higher Thursday, following a fairly mixed session, as investors took confidence from a Federal-Reserve-induced rally in the previous U.S. trading day. But, cautionary comments by the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee members dragged many British banks into the red.
European shares jumped 2.6 percent on Wednesday, driven by a rally in recently beaten-down banks and tracking strong gains across the Atlantic, where hopes of a U.S. rate cut buoyed equities.
European shares recovered some of Tuesday's lost ground, led by a sharp bounce on Wall Street and a turnaround in some of the defensives sectors such as food stocks that had fallen earlier in the day.
European equities were expected to gain ground on Monday, adding to a two-session recovery as investors continue to look for bargains following a selloff in the first three weeks of November.
European stocks rose for a second session in a row on Friday, as mergers and acquisitions talk prompted investors to scoop up recently battered financials and mining shares.
European shares ended in positive territory on Thursday, driven higher by pharmaceuticals after a broker upgrade of the sector, while flat commodity prices weighed on shares of mining and energy companies.