Here is your summary of the financial news from around the world:

1. Eurozone economic activity hit a fresh six-year high this month, according to a preliminary estimate from IHS Markit

2. European steelmakers traded firmly higher Friday, with mining stocks following suit, after a jump in iron ore prices linked to a brewing trade dispute between the U.S. and China

3. Polls remain deadlocked among the four main candidates, although most analysts expect centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen to make it through to the second round runoff on May 7

4. Overnight in Asia, stocks rebounded firmly but are still on track to notch a five-day loss

READ MORE: Eurozone Economic Activity Hits Fresh Six-Year High as France Powers Ahead Despite Election Risks

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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