UPDATED 7:25 am ET
STOCKS – European stocks rose as Russia and Ukraine agreed on the steps needed for a truce, and a worse-than-forecast euro-zone purchasing managers’ index stoked speculation that the area’s central bank will increase stimulus. U.S. stock-index futures and Asian shares also climbed.
BONDS – Treasuries declined a third day, pushing 10-year yields to the highest in three weeks, as reports Ukraine had held cease-fire talks with Russia damped demand for the safest assets.
COMMODITIES – Copper declined in London on speculation an investigation of the power grid in China, the world’s largest buyer of the metal, will curb demand.
CURRENCIES – Australia’s dollar rose as central bank Governor Glenn Stevens said he’s unwilling to push house prices higher to try to reduce unemployment, boosting bets policy makers are content to refrain from cutting rates.
ECONOMIC DATA – CAD BOC Rate Statement due at 10:00, US Beige Book at 14:00, JPY Monetary Policy Statement (tentative), AUD Trade Balance at 21:30 ET.