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These were the movements in some of the most widely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields:.
Commodity prices were resurgent at the end of the week as natural gas futures bounced back from the sharp losses endured during the prior session.
Wall Street's main market gauges flickered into life on Friday afternoon in New York, reversing early losses and moving into the green, on the heels of upbeat remarks from the US President regarding the chances of his administration being able to strike a trade deal with Beijing.
The US central bank's second-in-command noted recent volatility in stock markets, but continued to defend the need for gradual rate hikes.
Stocks on the Continent finished slightly lower amid jitters that a possible no-confidence vote against the British Prime Minister might crystallise over the weekend with sentiment further dampened by poor quarterly results from US tech giant Nvidia overnight.
London stocks finished the week lower, as did Sterling, as investors hedged their bets ahead of a weekend that might see Tory rebels push for a confidence vote against the Prime Minister.
US industrial production edged higher last month on the back of sharp increases in the output of business equipment and construction.
Outgoing European Central Bank President, Mario Draghi, sounded a confident note on the outlook for the euro area economy, describing a recent slowdown as a 'soft patch', but said policymakers needed to be "patient and persistent" in providing monetary stimulus.
RBS has dropped out of the Financial Stability Board's list of global systemically important banks, which should translate into lower funding costs for the lender.
Investors are exercising caution going into the weekend, given the risk that a no-confidence vote against the British Prime Minister might materialise and with sentiment further dampened by poor quarterly results from US tech giant Nvidia overnight.
The focus at the weekend will continue to be on the withdrawal process, with investors focusing on the risk of further Cabinet resignations even as they keep a tally of how many MPs support, or do not, a no-confidence vote against the Prime Minister.
Stocks across the Continent finished near their worst levels of the session as investors digested the ongoing political convulsions in London, even as they kept a wary eye on the Italian government's antics with Brussels over its 2019 budget.
Analysts at Deutsche Bank slashed their target price on shares of British American Tobacco after reviewing the potential actions that the US Food and Drug Administration might take on menthol cigarettes and litigation risks in Canada.
Standard&Poor's reiterated its rating on the UK's long-term sovereign debt, despite the risk that the withdrawal agreement that had been reached overnight between Brussels and London might not make it through Parliament, forcing both sides to return to the bargaining table.
US jobless claims edged only slightly higher last week, but some economists believed there were signs in the data that, at least for now, momentum in the jobs market might be topping out.
US retail sales grew more quickly than expected last month, boosted by sales of motor vehicles, building materials and at gasoline stations.
Credit Suisse upgraded its view on UK stocks on Wednesday, arguing that investors had 'thrown in the towel', leaving shares undervalued in the process.
Stocks across the Continent are trading slightly lower as investors digest the ongoing political convulsions in London, even as they keep a wary eye on the Italian government's antics with Brussels over its 2019 budget.
The Federal Reserve needs to calibrate how much it needs to further tighten monetary policy and at what pace, central bank chairman, Jerome Powell, said ovenright.