World stocks were on track for their best start to a year since 2003 while oil and the dollar were facing their biggest first-half drop for years. - From Reuters UK
But arguably the most significant shift for investors came in the last week of the second quarter when, in what looked like a concerted move, central bank policymakers appeared to signal it would soon be time to wind back the monetary stimulus that has buoyed markets for much of this decade.
Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index .N225 gained 9.6 percent, just ahead of the S&P 500 .SPX on 9.2 percent.
Stuck at the bottom of the performance league table, down 16.5 percent in dollar terms year-to-date is Brent crude oil LCOc1, hit by a perception that output cuts agreed by OPEC producers and others will not be enough to stem the glut of oil.
The Mexican peso MXN= is the world's top performing currency, up 15 percent on the dollar, as faith wanes in Trump's ability to implement anti-trade and anti-immigration pledges.
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