Europe's stock markets and the euro surged Monday after moderate candidate Emmanuel Macron won the first round of France's presidential election and looked set to triumph in the runoff against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen next month.
Global finance leaders sought to avoid conflict with the Trump administration over trade and environmental policy and welcomed signs the world economy is pulling out of the doldrums.
In another in the growing chorus of warnings against a rise in protectionism, the head of the OECD said Wednesday governments should defend free trade by making their economies more, not less, inclusive.
European stock markets slid Tuesday with political uncertainty dominating as Britain called a snap general election and France's presidential race tightened.
Asian markets moved cautiously Monday even as Chinese economic growth data beat expectations, with geopolitical concerns weighing on sentiment.
Global carmakers converge on China for the Shanghai auto show this week, with the industry bracing for a sharp sales slowdown and potential price war as competition stiffens in the world's biggest car market.
The greenback regained its footing on Thursday, after tanking overnight as U.S. President Donald Trump voiced fears about a strong greenback.
The growing temptation to resort to protectionism and uncertainty in Europe linked to the French elections pose "risks" to the global economy, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday.
The personal computer market limped along in the first quarter of this year, its footing aided a bit by businesses buying gear, according to a pair of industry trackers.
European markets started the week lower on Monday as investors digested last week's U.S. missile strikes on Syria and the outcome in France's presidential election race is starting to look increasingly unpredictable.