Americans' optimism slipped "significantly" over the second half of May as a result of the ongoing trade war with Beijing, alongside a jump in inflation expectations.
US gross domestic product expanded a tad more slowly than expected at the start of 2019, revised figures from the government showed.
Spanish inflation slowed sharply last month on the back of smaller gains in electricity and gasoline prices.
These were the movements in some of the most widely-followed 10-year sovereign bond yields:.
A top European Central Bank official, whose views typically lean towards the more 'hawkish' side of the policy spectrum, sounded an unusually 'dovish' note.
Economic sentiment within the single currency block bounced back in May as both consumers and manufacturing firms grew more confident.
The Bank of England is watching the battle between UK mortgage lenders like a hawk, its chief supervisor said as he also warned about the growth of leveraged loans.
Strategists see further upside for risk assets over the summer, but in their opinion the dominant underlying cross currents are deflation and "maximum liquidity".
Durable goods orders in the US dropped sharply last month, weighed down by falls in those for automobiles and parts, civilian aircraft and for telecommunications equipment, with some economists concluding that the data reinforced the argument for the Federal Reserve to cut rates.
The pace of new home sales in the US dipped last month, but only account of upwards revisions to figures for the previous months and prices rebounded alongside.
The Chinese Commerce Ministry said on Thursday that the US needs to correct its "wrong actions" if it wants trade talks to continue and put an end to the tensions.
Thomas Cook was subjected to downgrades from credit rating agencies Fitch and S&P on Thursday, with the agencies concerned that the travel operator will struggle with weak demand over the summer.
A top US central bank official does not see strong enough arguments at the moment to either raise or lower interest rates.
One of the more 'dovish' rate-setters at the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that the US central bank may want to consider interest rate cuts if inflation readings continue to disappoint.
British households are becoming increasingly pessimistic about their financial wellbeing, despite record levels of employment, a survey showed on Monday.
RBS chair Howard Davies told Bloomberg TV on Friday that “people are starting to worry” about the policies that a potential government led by Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn might pursue.
President Donald Trump has postponed its decision on whether to impose tariffs on imports of automobiles and parts by six months to allow time for negotiations to continue with the country's main trading partners.
Americans were in much more buoyant spirits than believed in early May, although the potential impact on sentiment from the breakdown in trade talks between the US and China had yet to be seen, according to the results of a closely-followed survey.
Economists at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch cut their forecasts for the rate of growth in Britain's economy for this year and next, predicting that the uncertainty around Brexit will last for longer and that the US-China trade war will escalate.
The European Central Bank could face loses over the bonds it holds from Spanish company Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentacion (DIA) as LetterOne battles Santander bank to recapitalise the retailer.