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Global Financial News: Euro Nears Six-Month High

Euro Nears Six-Month High As French Election Approaches

Here is your round-up of the financial news from a round the world:

1. European stocks fall amid steep falls in global commodity prices and broader investor caution ahead of today's employment report from the U.S. Labor Department

2. WTI futures for June delivery were under sustained pressure overnight, falling around 3% from Thursday's close to a six-month low of $44.46 while Brent contracts, the global benchmark, were seen $1.40 lower at $47.40

3. Euro touched a six-month high of 1.0990 in overnight trading amid improving economic fundamentals in the region and the prospect of a solid win for centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron in Sunday's second round runoff in France

4. International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) , the parent of British Airways, posted stronger-than-expected first quarter operating profit even as passenger unit revenues slowed

5. AkzoNobel (AKZOY)  drifted lower in early Friday trading even as Elliott Advisors renewed pressure on the company to begin talks with takeover hopeful PPG Industries (PPG) , which has made three failed bids for the Dutch paint maker.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.