France’s stock market hits nine-year high in election relief rally – business live

Shares surge across Europe as investors welcome the prospect of Emmanuel Macron becoming France’s next president

Britain’s factory bosses have reported that 2017 got off to a good start, but there may be tougher times ahead.

“UK manufacturers are enjoying strong growth in demand from customers in the UK and overseas, and continue to ramp up production.

“Exports have surged and firms are at their most optimistic about selling overseas in over four decades. Even so, the combination of the weak pound and recovering commodity prices means that cost pressures continue to build, and manufacturers report no sign of them abating over the near-term.”

Bloomberg have a rather neat scoreboard showing the state of the markets today.

The green on the scoreboard today is so bright, it almost makes your eyes hurt

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