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European benchmarks held gains much of Thursday.
Commerzbank shares rose to the top of the market in Germany on speculation that that country's second-biggest lender could see an investment from buyout firm Cerberus Capital Management.
HSBC surged to a near four-year and led bank stocks around the region Thursday as investors repriced growth and profit expectations for the world's biggest lenders.
Commodity markets, economic growth and the potential for a broad tightening of monetary policy in the developed world over the coming quarters recaptured investors' attention Thursday.
A stronger dollar, commodity supply concerns and an increasingly uncertain outlook for global growth conspired to darken the mood among investors Tuesday.
European stocks fell Tuesday as politics returned to forefront of investors' minds, with election talk in Italy and the U.K., and renewed transatlantic sabre rattling, all taking centre stage.
European stock markets were mixed Friday after occasional spots of positive news proved unable to fully offset the effect of a cocktail of uncertainties dogging investors.
European benchmarks were lower Thursday following what was a volatile session for commodities and industrials.
European stocks slumped Wednesday as the latest skirmish in Washington, over President Donald Trump's unorthodox stewardship of the Oval Office left markets jilted.
European benchmarks surged Monday as commodity prices rebounded, boosting the resources sector, while political risks were also seen to have receded further.
Corporate earnings and calm in the mining sector helped to lift benchmarks across Europe Tuesday
Commerzbank, Germany's second biggest lender, posted much stronger-than-expected first quarter profits Tuesday and said it may update its full-year outlook even as it cautioned on Europe's low interest rate environment.
European stocks posted early gains Tuesday, amid a solid rise for the region's banks, as investors attempted to re-start a equity market rally in the wake of France's presidential elections.
Investors regroup after the French presidential elections.
With most stocks having notched up strong gains in the wake of the first round of French election, there was little upside left to be gained following Sunday's vote.
The outcome of the final televised debate between the two French presidential candidates set markets up for a positive start while corporate earnings did the rest
European banks posted significant early gains Monday amid as investors reacted to Sunday's presidential elections in France and the prospect of a second round win for centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.
European stocks are surging and the Dow is slated to open more than 200 points higher following a solid win for centrist Emmanuel Macron in Sunday's French presidential elections.
French stocks surged more than 200 points at the start of trading Monday while equities around Europe posted significant early gains after the first round of the country's presidential elections.
French and German stocks posted a weekly loss Thursday as the Gallic election approaches while London eked out a minor gain
A heavy presence of gold miners helped British stocks keep out of the red on Tuesday while banks and politics weighed elsewhere.
Last week's missile strike and an increasingly unpredictable French election race saw investors take risk off the table Monday
While Continental stocks reversed losses convincingly, London remained under pressure as ex-dividends weighed
French and Spanish Stocks were back in the black at noon, leading a partial reversal of earlier losses for the continent as a whole
Ex-dividends weighed in London while risk stocks pulled back more broadly in the wake of Wednesday's Fed meeting minutes
A victory for centrist and left-leaning candidates helped put uninspiring economic data and concerns over President Donald Trump's forthcoming meeting with China's president into the shade.
Benchmarks were higher on Tuesday following strong gains among commodity, consumer and airline stocks