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French election may trigger volatile reaction that impacts global markets for weeks

Postelection scenarios are as extreme as the candidates and could continue for weeks, depending on the outcome.

Source: CNBC.com

Some US companies that have left or scaled back in Venezuela

General Motors said Thursday that it will stop doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of its only factory there. Last month, a World Bank arbitration panel determined that Venezuela would not have to pay $1.4 billion to Irving, Texas- based Exxon Mobil for confiscating company assets during a wave of nationalizations.

Source: The Associated Press

UPDATE 1-Venezuelan opposition protests again against Maduro

However, crowds were smaller than the hundreds of thousands of people who flooded the streets of Caracas and provincial cities on Wednesday, the latest and largest in several weeks of protests against what Maduro's opponents condemn as a lurch toward dictatorship. At around midday on Thursday, a few thousand people protested in Caracas, although opposition...

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 1-Venezuelan opposition protests again against Maduro

However, crowds were smaller than the hundreds of thousands of people who flooded the streets of Caracas and provincial cities on Wednesday, the latest and largest in several weeks of protests against what Maduro's opponents condemn as a lurch toward dictatorship. At around midday on Thursday, a few thousand people protested in Caracas, although opposition...

Source: Reuters

Meet the French presidential candidate who may be even scarier for investors than Marine Le Pen

Far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon's polling numbers have skyrocketed over the past month, giving other candidates a run for their money.

Source: CNBC.com

Venezuelan opposition plans more protests against Maduro

CARACAS, April 20- Venezuela's opposition called for renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, a day after three people were killed in similar demonstrations. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Caracas and provincial cities on...

Source: Reuters

Venezuelan opposition plans more protests against Maduro

CARACAS, April 20- Venezuela's opposition called for renewed nationwide protests on Thursday to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro to hold elections and improve a collapsing economy, a day after three people were killed in similar demonstrations. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Caracas and provincial cities on...

Source: Reuters

GM faces hard road getting compensated for Venezuela factory

DETROIT— General Motors became the latest corporation to have a factory or other asset seized by the government of Venezuela, and the Detroit automaker faces an uphill battle to recover any damages. GM said Thursday that its only factory in Venezuela was confiscated a day earlier, as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is...

Source: The Associated Press

General Motors says Venezuela illegally seizes auto plant

General Motors said Venezuelan authorities had illegally seized its plant in the industrial hub of Valencia and vowed to "take all legal actions" to defend its rights.

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 7-Venezuelan protests against government leave three dead

CARACAS/ SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, April 19- Two Venezuelan students and a National Guard sergeant died on Wednesday after being shot during protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro, increasing turmoil in the volatile nation amid a devastating economic crisis. Opposition supporters protested in Caracas and other cities in what they...

Source: Reuters