Twitter - the social media platform beloved by US president Donald Trump - saw its shares surgeafter it added a lot more users that had been expected.
European shares hit their best level in 15 months on Thursday helped by the Dutch election and the laid back approach by the Federal Reserve.
UK telecoms firm BT has cut its revenue, earnings and cash flow forecasts due to a worse than thought accounting scandal at its Italian business.
Shares have soared in Softbank, one of Asia’s biggest technology firms, after it pledged to invest $50 billion (€46bn) into the United States.
The leading US index rallies instead of the expected Trump post-election meltdown. Shares in banks, construction and defence rise, tech shares fall.
Samsung says will take a hit to its operating profit of about 2.7 billion euros in the next two quarters from scrapping the Note 7 smartphone.
UK finance minister Philip Hammond has welcomed the stimulus measures announced by the Bank of England; in reaction London's FTSE 100 share index rose and the pound fell in value.
Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena is reportedly about to be removed from the STOXX Europe 600 index - a listing of the region's top shares.
HSBC.,Europe's biggest bank, just reported a 29 percent drop in pretax profits for the first half of 2016 and will buy back $2.5 billion worth of shares.
Qatar Airways has lifted its stake in IAG to 20 percent, following its recent investments in LATAM and Italy's Meridiana.
Facebook's shares have hit a new all time high after it announced a 59.2 percent jump in quarterly revenue.