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Highlights of the week include eurozone unemployment and economic growth, as well as earnings from BP.
China is the economic growth driver of the region, and there are signs it is losing steam.
The subject of investors' worries for a long time, European banks finally are looking better based on their first-quarter earnings.
European earnings season is only beginning, but financials so far have delivered positive surprises.
The European Central Bank probably will not announce any fresh measures until the French presidential election is out of the way.
Analyzing the election and what it means for the markets.
Politicians' use of fear as an electoral incentive could backfire.
If extremists Le Pen and Melenchon emerge as winners, banks in France would be in the line of fire.
Investors' optimism about a soft Brexit following snap elections called for by Prime Minister Theresa May is misplaced.
A Sunday victory for Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melenchon would spell political disaster, but fear-induced volatility could create stock bargains.


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