Rate-setters in Moscow lowered their forecast for consumer price inflation and opened the door to a cut in official interest as soon as 2019.
Rockfire Resources' shares shot higher on Friday after the miner said it discovered high-grade copper in samples at its project in Central Queensland, Australia.
Activity in the US manufacturing sector hit a 21-month low in March, according to preliminary data released on Friday.
Second hand sales of homes in the States rebounded sharply last month, bolstered by lower mortgage rates, growing incomes and improved consumer confidence.
Germany’s manufacturing output has shrunk to the lowest level for more than six and a half year, industry data showed on Friday.
Perhaps the most widely-followed regional manufacturing gauge in the US rebounded sharply in March, but according to economists continued to point to an ongoing slowdown.
US crude oil inventories shrank sharply during the preceding week as exports and refinery activity picked up.
Commodity prices edged higher on Tuesday, with base metals pacing gains as the Greenback drifted lower ahead of the Federal Reserve's next policy meeting.
Sentiment among US housebuilders held steady in March, according to data released on Monday.
The European Union’s trade surplus with the United States continued to rise in January, further underlining tensions between Brussels and Washington.
Commodity prices found a small bid at the end of the week, with the buying pressure strongest among precious metals and agricultural futures.
Rates for job openings and voluntary so-called 'quits' in the US were unchanged in January, pointing to a gradual acceleration in wage growth, economists said.
Eurosceptics in parliament have rejected attorney general Geoffrey Cox’ latest legal advice on the Irish backstop, which was updated in order to try and finally get a divorce deal through parliament.
Consumer sentiment in the US improved in March, according to a preliminary reading from the University of Michigan.
Strategists at Deutsche Bank stuck to their 'neutral' view for European stocks, despite their being overvalued, arguing that a US-China trade truce and shift towards a Brexit deal would sustain the 'overshoot' in valuations versus their estimate of fair value.
US industrial production eked out just a small gain last month, with output in manufacturing hit by a slide in business equipment.
Credit Suisse raised its recommendation on shares of European cyclicals relative to defensives on Friday, from 'benchmark' to 'overweight', while lowering their view on defensives from 'benchmark' to 'underweight'.
Business conditions in the New York region unexpectedly deteriorated in March, according to a survey released by the New York Fed on Friday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is close to deciding whether to halt denuclearisation talks with the US after President Donald Trump walked away from negotiations in February, according to a North Korean diplomat.
Inflation in the eurozone rose as expected in February, according to data released by Eurostat on Friday.