Equity strategists at JP Morgan sounded a confident note on German stocks, telling clients that they would continue to benefit from both the 'global reflation' trade and their allure as a hedge for French political risk.
Vedanta Resources’ third quarter revenue and earnings were up due to commodity prices, and a ramp up of aluminium, power and ore capacities.
Sterling traders were unnerved on Friday by worse than expected UK retail sales data, which saw the British currency lower on most key crosses as the US dollar resumed resurgent.
London stocks closed mixed after a Friday session that saw blue-chip consumer goods giant Unilever fly higher after it slapped away a $143bn offer from Kraft Heinz, which has indicated it will return to the table.
Crude futures have eased on Friday as traders look to rig-count data out tonight, ahead of the Presidents Day long weekend in the US.
US housing starts fell 2. 6% in January, according to figures released by the Commerce Department.
The European Central Bank is aiming to be a "steady hand" during a period of global uncertainty, according to the minutes of the ECB’s meeting in January, when it stood pat on interest rates.
Businesses in several cities throughout the US will close on Thursday as immigrants across the country unite for their "Day Without Immigrants" boycott.