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08:10
French Presidential Elections 2017 - Analysts react
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"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. [. ] The late surge in support for Melenchon, who espouses the kind of loony left ideas that bankrupted Venezuela, remains scary. It shows that the potential for populist accidents is not confined to the UK (Brexit, Corbyn) and the US (Trump, Sanders).

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08:02
French equity futures jump after election result, analysts divided
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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.

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07:29
London pre-open: Stocks seen higher as investors eye French election
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London stocks were set for a positive open on Monday as investors digested the first round of the French presidential elections.

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06:54
Macron and Le Pen to face-off in French second round vote
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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.

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21 Apr
FX round-up: Pound, US dollar find slight safe haven bid at end of the week
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Friday saw the pound weaken a tad against the dollar but flirt closer to the 1. 2 euro level that has been playing hard to get since June, with the single currency also on the backfoot against the greenback although it too ended higher for the week.

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21 Apr
London close: FTSE loses 3% over week as retail sales add to gloom
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London stocks finished the week on a weaker footing, with the FTSE 100 dropping for a sixth consecutive day even as the pound slipped on the release of disappointing UK retail sales figures.

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21 Apr
Commodities: Oil breaks three-week streak of gains, gold holds its ground
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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.

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21 Apr
UK steel firms cautious ahead of Trump export investigation
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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.

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21 Apr
Analysts differ on forecasts for China's FX reserves
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Capital outflows from China slowed significantly over the past two months, Capital Economics estimated, telling clients that the country's fight against them might be nearly over, but Oxford Economics disagreed.

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21 Apr
US existing home sales hit 10-year high in March
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Sales of US existing home sales rose more than expected in March, to their highest pace in more than 10 years, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

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21 Apr
US factory and service output levels at seven-month lows in April
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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.

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21 Apr
FTSE 100 movers: M&S boosted by Barclays note; Reckitt drops on results
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London's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,117. 67 in afternoon trade as investors digested disappointing UK retail sales data.

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21 Apr
Paris attacker kills policeman, injures two others, IS claims responsibility
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An attack against a bus carrying French policemen claimed one victim and left two other officers injured just two days before the hotly-contested first round of the French presidential elections.

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21 Apr
FTSE 250 movers: Atkins deal a Friday boost; Restaurant Group goes cold
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Telecoms and defence engineer WS Atkins rallied the FTSE 250 after agreeing late on Thursday to be taken over by Canada's SNC-Lavalin for £2. 1bn.

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21 Apr
London midday: Stocks, pound slip after disappointing retail sales
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London stocks had slipped into the red by midday while the pound lost ground following the release of disappointing UK retail sales figures.

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21 Apr
Le Pen or Melenchon election victory would trigger a correction, Citi says

The most likely outcome of the French elections was a victory for either the centrist or centre-right candidates, Emmanuele Macron and Francois Fillon, strategists at Citi said.

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21 Apr
Barclays believes worst of iron ore price slide over, positive on mining
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Analysts at Barclays sounded a positive note on the EU mining sector, flagging the potential for large cash returns from Glencore, S32 and Rio Tinto over the medium-term.

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21 Apr
Eurozone business activity hits six-year high in April
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Business activity in the eurozone hit a six-year high in April, according to preliminary data released on Friday.

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21 Apr
London open: Stocks nudge higher ahead of retail sales; Paris shooting in focus
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London stocks nudged higher in early trade as investors eyed the release of UK retail sales figures and digested the terror attack in Paris late on Thursday, with earnings also in focus.

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21 Apr
London pre-open: Stocks seen muted; retail sales, Paris shooting in focus
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London stocks were set to kick off the final session of the week in a rather muted fashion as investors eyed the release of retail sales figures and digested the terror attack in Paris late on Thursday.

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