Here is a round-up of the financial news from around the world.
Syngenta's (SYT) CEO is "confident" its ChemChina deal will close in the second quarter. Regulators in China, Europe and the U.S. will need to sign off on the deal.
Stocks rallied in the latter half of trading in Asia, as the Nikkei 225 passed the 19,000 mark for the week's first gain.
The U.S. dollar traded stronger overnight, as the greenback rose amid renewed bets on a Federal Reserve rate increase.
The American Petroleum Institute reported a bigger-than-expected U.S. crude oil stock buildup. Oil prices extended declines after crude stocks rose by 14.2 million barrels.