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IMF members set aside trade split as French vote rattles nerves

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* IMF's Lagarde warns of shift to geopolitical risks. * Mnuchin calls for more scrutiny of currency moves. * ECB says ready to offer liquidity to French banks. By Leika Kihara and Francesco Canepa.

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Argentina to beat first-quarter deficit goal, has cut over 10,000 jobs: minister

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Mnuchin urges IMF to enhance FX surveillance

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Wall Street gears up for busiest earnings week in years

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U.S. judge sentences Volkswagen to three years probation, oversight

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Two big California pension systems oppose nine Wells Fargo directors

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UK

FTSE 100 edges down after weak retail sales, logs worst week in 5 months

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Rio Tinto rallies after upgrade. U.K. stocks ended Friday's choppy session with a slight loss, as commodity shares came under pressure, leaving the benchmark FTSE 100 with its worst weekly performance in five months. Stocks had continued to search for firm direction even after a drop in the pound, with that move spurred by March retail sales that missed the mark and raised the prospect of a slowdown in British economic growth.

Europe

French stocks end lower after Paris attack fuels election uncertainty

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By Sara Sjolin and Carla Mozee, MarketWatch. Eurozone PMIs rise to 6- year highs and beat forecasts. French stocks closed lower Friday after a suspected terror attack in Paris just ahead of the country's presidential election vote, helping to leave the regional equity benchmark with a loss for the week.

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FTSE 100 logs first gain in 5 days

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FTSE 100 ends lower, erasing 2017 gains as snap election looms

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FTSE 100 slides by the most in 10 months as May calls early general election

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Banks drag FTSE 100 to lower close at end of holiday-shortened week

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French stocks jump by the most in 7 weeks as election nears

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European stocks end modestly higher, stabilizing after prior day's slide

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European stocks slide the most in 5 months as Britain heads toward snap election

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European stocks close lower after Trump's dollar comments

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US

The Economy's Confidence Game

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In the months since President Donald Trump was elected, consumer and business confidence have soared, but the economy has slowed. The split has rarely been so stark and, while optimists have been hoping the economy will soon catch up with sentiment, it is looking more likely that sentiment will roll over. Following a string of weak sales, spending and production data, economists have cut their expectations of economic growth for the first quarter.

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Led by Nikkei, Asian markets build on overnight gains

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Investors optimistic despite geopolitical worries. Stock markets across Asia were higher early Friday, catching an updraft from overnight gains in the U.S. as investors positioned themselves ahead of the start of the French presidential election. Markets were calm following a suspected terrorist attack in Paris overnight that left at least one police officer dead, three days before the election.

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Flood of Dollar Debt Could Come Back to Haunt Emerging Economies

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iHeartRadio parent warns it may not survive another year

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How the Trump stock market ranks as he nears his 100th day in office

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Trump's billionaire neighbor says he knows what will kill stock market's 'jungle animal spirits'

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Nikkei up for 4th straight session, leading Asian market recovery

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China stocks hit two-month low, lead broad declines in Asian markets

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Asian markets off to slow start after holiday weekend

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Asia stocks fall on China regulatory crackdown, North Korea tensions

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