LONDON, April 24 MSCI's gauge of global stocks hit an all-time
high on Monday as abating political risk after a market-friendly outcome to the
first round of the French presidential election stoked a risk-on rally.
The MSCI All-Country World was up 1.5 percent, surpassing
its prior peak set last month before growing risks of a Brexit-like shock in the
French election and doubts about the Trump administration's policies interrupted
the so-called reflation trade.
Across major indices, France's CAC 40 rose more than 4 percent on
the day and was on track for its best session in nearly five years. In the
United States, the Nasdaq Composite rose 1.2 percent to a record.
(Reporting by Vikram Subhedar, editing by Nigel Stephenson)