Producer sentiment toward the agricultural economy inched up six points in April, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The barometer increased from 124 in March to 130 in April. The higher reading comes on the heels of two months of declines following January 2017's all-time high of 153.
Last week Barchart put on its third annual Fintech Exchange, which had a heavy emphasis on data. The event in its first two years has provided a refreshing change of pace from the typical conference format. Out were the panels of experts discussing well-worn topics in a well-worn format. It was replaced by fintech entrepreneurs on stage in a theater setting forced to make the case for their firm’s value proposition in a limited amount of time.
The euro fell on Monday after former French prime minister Alain Juppe ruled out standing in the country's presidential elections, which investors saw as increasing the likelihood of a victory by anti-EU leader Marine Le Pen.