Eurozone PMIs rise to 6-year highs and beat forecasts
French stocks closed lower Friday after a suspected terror attack in
The pan-European Stoxx Europe 600 index finished less than 1 point higher at 378.12, and ended the week lower by 0.7% .
A gunman late Thursday opened fire (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gunman-slain-after-killing-paris-police-officer-
trump-suggests-terrorism-2017-04-20) on the Champs-Élysées boulevard in
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The CAC 40 on Thursday jumped 1.5%, its biggest jump in seven weeks, as markets started to price in the prospect of a win for centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.
"Last night's terrorist attack in
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Economic news: Preliminary readings on April purchasing managers' indexes for the eurozone,
All three flash readings for the eurozone--the composite, manufacturing and services PMIs--rose to six-year highs and came in better than forecast, signaling accelerating private-sector activity.
Movers: Volkswagen AG shares (VOW.XE) fell 0.8% after the German auto maker was ordered to pay a
Shares of Software AG (SOW.XE) jumped 7.9% after the company reported a smaller-than-expected drop in underlying earnings.
WS Atkins PLC (ATK.LN) rose 6.1% after SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (SNC.T) said it would buy the U.K. engineering company
Shares in German soccer club Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA (BVB.XE) added 2.5%. The gain came after police charged a Russian-German man (https://www.wsj.com/articles/dortmund-bomb-suspect-bought-stock-options-on-soccer-attack- 1492758515) with being behind the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus last week, alleging he was hoping to make money on a drop in the stock price.
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