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Investors shrugged off concerns over corporate tax cuts and investigations into the Trump administration amid a busy slate for earnings and economic data
France's biggest lender suffered a dip in revenues as low volatility robbed its fixed income division of volume, while its Italian loan book continued to improve.
From Spain to Switzerland the numbers were good
Investors should check for progress on bad debts at next week's meeting of eurozone finance ministers.
The euro area's ongoing recovery is set to benefit its financial institutions.
Societe Generale shares slipped lower Wednesday after the bank agreed to pay $1 billion to the Libyan Investment Authority to avoid a court hearing linked to a bribery scandal.
France's two presidential candidates will debate head-to-head on Wednesday in what promises to be a fiery final clash before Sunday's vote.
Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed a number of banks regarding the potential manipulation of the U.S. Treasuries market.
The EU, banks, free-trade, French start-ups and even leveraged buyouts are all in the firing line of France's populist candidates Le Pen and Melenchon.
A Trump victory would be bad for U.S. markets but worse for Europe, said BNP analysts, as they speculated on how stocks will move depending on who wins.
The French government will seek repayment of tax breaks if ex-SocGen trader Kerviel is cleared Friday of alleged fraud that cost the bank $5.5 billion in 2008.
Deutsche Bank swoons as the Department of Justice demands $14 billion for mis-selling of mortgage securities, pulling other European lenders down.
The progression of positive jobs numbers this year better reflects the U.S. economy than the negative first quarter GDP report, says Scott Anderson, chief economist for Bank of the West.
The progression of positive jobs numbers since the start of 2015 posts a far better reflection of the economy than the negative first quarter GDP report.
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