Stock market activity
The CAC40 in Paris was the standout gainer on Thursday with investors reassured there will be no major surprises in Sunday's presidential election.
There further volatility in financial markets on Wednesday following the surprise general election announcement by Britain's prime minister.
Europe's stock market indexes tumbled on the UK election announcement with investors worried that this adds to political uncertainty in the region.
Electric car maker Tesla's share price continues to rise and the total value of those shares now make it worth more than General Motors.
Shares of Germany's biggest banks fell sharply in value after it announced details of the sale of new shares needed to increase its capital reserves.
A merger between the London Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse looks to be heading for collapse over competition issues.
Shares in Anglo-Dutch consumer goods group Unilever fell after US rival Kraft Heinz Co abruptly abandoned its surprise takeover proposal.
Mobile messaging service Snapchat has started a marketing campaign to convince investors to buy its shares when they go on sale in March.
Snapchat seems to move closer to becoming a public company by reportedly filed for an initial public offering of shares to test investor interest.
European shares were down early on Wednesday in the wake of the shock election result in the US but then rallied
News that Hillary Clinton won't face criminal charges over her email server scandal helped push up share prices and the value of the dollar on Monday.
Wall Street remains nervous about Donald Trump chances in next week's presidential election but stocks steadied on Thursday.
Opinion polls showing Donald Trump's numbers improving have hit share prices around the world as well as the value of the dollar.
Italy's Monte dei Paschi says its restructuring plan includes writing off bad loans, job cuts and raising five billion euros in new capital.
Snapchat has moved closer to an initial public offering of shares having reportedly chosen Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to run the sale.
The pound suffered a massive temporary loss in value overnight, diving 10 percent against the dollar in just minutes - a so-called flash crash.
The Bank of Japan is changing tack as it tries to get the economy growing again with an increased emphasis on the amount of interest paid to investors who buy government bonds.
Qatar Airways has lifted its stake in IAG to 20 percent, following its recent investments in LATAM and Italy's Meridiana.
Consumer goods giant Unilever has reported better then expected Q2 sales. Swiss drugmaker Roche also beat market expectations.
Confusion over the launch of Pokemon GO in Japan has gamers angry and investors selling the shares of Nintendo.
Brexit uncertainties hang over the merger between the London Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse even as LSE shareholders overwhelmingly voted for it.
British, US and European bond yields have fallen, in some cases to record lows, on the prospect of lower interest rates and other stimulus to counter the effects of the Brexit.
Britain's vote to leave the European Union is threatening the planned merger between the London Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse though the LSE says it remains on track.
Share prices in London and around Europe bounced back after the hammering they have taken since Friday.
The pound plummeted and the London FTSE fell in the wake of Britain voting to leave the EU.