"The result is more than a risk avoided. It offers a genuine chance to reform France and strengthen the Eurozone and the EU. Fillon and Hamon immediately endorsed Macron. Fading political risk in France adds to the chance that French and Eurozone growth can surprise to the upside this year.
Equity futures were pointing to a sharply higher open for French stocks after centrist Emanuelle Macron was revealed to have won the first round of voting in the country's presidential elections at the weekend.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen won the first round of voting in the country’s presidential elections today, according to various reports.
Crude oil futures were in a funk again heading into the weekend, amid 'market chatter' around declining demand and concerns that Russia might yet scupper a deal by the world's largest oil producers to continue reining in their production.
Steelmakers in Britain are on alert as Donald Trump launches an investigation into steel dumping in the US and suggested new tariffs will be levied on imports.
The US economy softened at the start of the year, with levels of output in both the manufacturing and services sectors dipping to seven-month lows, the results of a survey showed, but economists believed there were good reasons to expect a rebound going forward.
US jobless claims rose last week, edging past economists forecasts, even as a key measure of labour market slack fell to its lowest level since the turn of the century.
Middle Eastern airline Emirates is to cut its flight routes to the US, citing concerns over restrictions brought in by Donald Trump’s administration related to visa programmes and electronics.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned that "alarming provocations" from Iran could destabilise other states in the Middle East, and made a comparison between it and the isolated North Korea regime.