European stocks closed at record highs; Dow up 0.90%, S&P and Nasdaq up 1.11% & 1.31% respectively

US - Dow ends at record above 34,000 as U.S. recovery picks up speed. - Surging retail sales in March and lower jobless benefit claims push 10 year Treasury yields below 1.6% - Dow up 0.90% at 34,036, S&P and Nasdaq were up by 1.11% and 1.31% Europe - European stocks closed at record highs on back of rally in commodity prices and a slate of upbeat earnings - European STOXX 600 index rose 0.5% in its third session of gains, with miners jumping 1.5%. - FTSE 100 rose 0.6% to its highest level since February 2020 backed by surge in metals prices - Dax and CAC were up by 0.30% and 0.41% Asia - Asian stocks fluctuate in early trade Friday after surprisingly robust economic data helped propel U.S. indexes to record highs. - Chinese economic data will be centerstage today, expected to report the highest quarterly growth in the last 30 years. - Nikkei 225 was up 0.18% while ASX200 (Australia) was flat. - Kospi Index was up 0.24% Oil - WTI crude rose 0.3%, climbing for the fourth straight day as global forecast for crude demand continues to remain robust Gold - Gold rose 1.7%, as a weaker dollar and lower U.S. yields boosted the safe-haven metal's appeal