LONDON ( The Deal) -- European markets were seeing a slow start on Friday as the world waits for Janet Yellen's remarks at Jackson Hole, Wyo., at 10 a.m. EDT. What will she say about employment? What will it mean for U.S. interest rates?
Across the region, banks were among the risers, despite the massive fine levied in the U.S. Thursday on Bank of America (BAC - Get Report) , although Austria's Raiffeisen Bank continued to be dragged down by worries over its Eastern European business.
Click the video below for a closer look at how European markets are faring ahead of Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming:
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was off 0.3% at 15,539.19, bucking the Asian trend. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.47% at 25,112.23, while the Shangai Composite was up 0.46% at 2,240.81.
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