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STOCKS – European stocks advanced for a second day as A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S and Imperial Tobacco Group Plc climbed after posting earnings. U.S. stock-index futures and Asian shares also gained.
 
BONDS –  A gauge of Treasury market inflation expectations was within a basis point of a four-month low before a government report that economists said will show gains in the consumer price index slowed last month.
COMMODITIES – Corn and soybeans fell in Chicago on speculation that U.S. crops will benefit from rain this week, improving prospects for production that the government predicts will rise to a record. 
 
CURRENCIES – The dollar held gains against major peers as signs of economic recovery supported the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. The pound dropped to a four-month low versus the dollar after U.K. inflation slowed.
ECONOMIC DATA – USA Building Permits, CPI m/m and Housing Starts due at 8:30, AUD RBA Gov Stevens Speaks at 19:30 ET.
 
 
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