European stocks were called to open lower on Wednesday despite positive economic data from the US and Europe boosting global exchanges on Tuesday and the euro holding onto overnight gains in Asia as Greece warned it could leave the euro zone by April.
European stocks were called to open mixed on Tuesday as London's FTSE begins its first session of 2012 and following a strong start to the year for the CAC and DAX on Monday.
Europe opening calls were flat Friday in the last trading day of 2011 as positive data from the US allayed fears about the global economy.
European shares were called relatively flat Thursday after falls on Asian shares overnight as worries over an impending Italian debt auction persist.
European shares were seen opening mixed in thin trade following the Christmas break as Asian shares slipped lower overnight despite stronger US consumer confidence data.
European stocks were set to open higher on Tuesday following the long Christmas weekend, helped by a late rally on Wall Street on Friday where better-than-expected macro data helped the S&P 500 turn positive on the year.
European shares closed sharply lower on Tuesday, pressured by banking and commodity stocks, as a poor corporate outlook worldwide and a flurry of grim economic data raised concerns about a deep global recession.
European shares rose on Monday as commodities surged on a near $600-billion Chinese economic stimulus plan, though stocks ended well off day highs on doubts about whether the plan was enough to avert a sharp global slowdown.
European shares closed sharply higher on Tuesday, registering gains for a sixth straight day, as commodities stocks tracked stronger crude and metals prices, and banks rose on hopes the credit sector jitters may ease.
European shares fell on Monday, led by weaker commodity stocks tracking falling oil and metals prices, while Commerzbank slipped 10 percent after it agreed to buy Dresdner Bank from Allianz.
Investors should abandon defensive positions and broaden their portfolios to get a jump on the next U.S. bull market, Charlie Morris, head of Absolute Return HSBC Investments, told CNBC Wednesday.
European shares fell on Monday in a volatile session, as easing crude oil pared some of the gains in energy shares, while the firmer euro dented retailer and auto stocks.
European shares gained on Friday, withstanding a heavy drag from falling mining stocks, while better-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data helped ease recessionary fears and oil continued its downward slide.
European shares ended a choppy session in positive territory on Thursday as a recovery in commodity prices helped energy and mining shares and fears over price pressures were partially quelled by U.S. inflation data.
European shares dropped on Wednesday as fresh concern about the impact of the credit crunch on the banking sector hit financial shares, while a late spike in the oil price rekindled worries about inflation.
European shares ended with losses on Tuesday as the region's financial stocks suffered following further writedowns from the third-largest U.S. bank JPMorgan.
European shares rose to six-week highs on Monday as the euro boosted exporters such as automotive stocks, while fighting between Russia and Georgia gave early support to crude oil prices that helped the energy sector.
European shares ended a volatile session with gains on Friday as a sharp drop in crude oil more than offset initial disappointment over earnings from U.S. home lender Fannie Mae.
European shares ended Thursday's choppy session down slightly as concern about the reach of the credit crunch offset a potentially supportive shift in market expectations for no more euro zone rate rises this year.
European stocks rose on Wednesday, with banks gaining ground after BNP Paribas delivered better-than-expected earnings and commodities rallying after Xstrata launched a $10 billion bid for Lonmin.