Macron announces his victory in first round of French presidential voteWorld April 24, 1:29
Le Pen gets 23.08%, Macron - 23.11% after 33 mln votes counted — Interior MinistryWorld April 23, 23:58
Preliminary results of French polls reveal defeat of two leading partiesWorld April 23, 22:49
Macron, Le Pen lead in first round of French election — TVWorld April 23, 21:33
Russian Foreign Ministry slams OSCE car incident in Donbass as 'provocation'Russian Politics & Diplomacy April 23, 19:41
Macron winning presidential polls among French living in US, Canada — TVWorld April 23, 19:12
French nationals in Moscow expect presidential polls to bring changes to their countryWorld April 23, 18:01
French presidential hopefuls cast ballots in first round of electionWorld April 23, 15:52
OSCE staff member dies in car blast in DonbassWorld April 23, 13:55
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the elections held on November 2 in Ukraine’s separatist regions strengthen Western leaders’ intention to keep the sanction regime,” Andrei Vernikov, Zerich Capital deputy CEO, said.
“The west is threatening with new sanctions over worsening situation on Ukraine’s east. Oil prices continue falling due to Saudi Arabia’s decision to cut prices for American buyers…and the ruble keeps hitting historical lows against the US dollar and the euro,” Andrei Dirgin, head of Alfa-Forex analytic department, said.
Brent oil prices gained 0.18% to US $83.10 per barrel prior to the opening of the trading session, but they had already lost about 3.5% since the beginning of the month. If the US dollar continues to strengthen, the price can fall below $80 per barrel, Ilya Frolov, analyst at Promsvyazbank, said.
Investors will closely watch for todays’ announcements of the result of the European Central Bank’s meeting on monetary policy, UK’s industrial output data, Germany’s industrial orders, US’ jobless claims and agricultural output statistics.