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WORLD HEADLINES – The euro rose to a ten-day high on Wednesday after hawkish comments from the European Central Bank, adding upward pressure to bond yields and sinking some stocks as worries over Italy also weighed.
STOCKS – Europe’s benchmark Stoxx 600 index was flat, with interest-rate-sensitive utilities stocks .
BONDS – Bonds sold off, with the yield on Germany’s benchmark 10-year bond back above 0.4 percent, and was last up 4 basis points on the day.
COMMODITIES – Oil prices rose on Wednesday after Venezuela raised the prospect of a halt to some crude exports, but gains were capped by reports that the U.S. government had asked Saudi Arabia and some other OPEC producers to increase output.
CURRENCIES – The euro’s rise put pressure on the U.S. dollar index, that measures performance against six major currencies, with the main weighting given to the euro. The index fell 0.27 percent.
ECONOMIC DATA – CAD Trade Balance and US Revised Nonfarm Productivity q/q due at 8:30, Crude Oil Inventories at10:30 ET.