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STOCKS – European stocks gained, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index heading for its biggest weekly advance in five weeks, as investors watched the expiry of derivative contracts. U.S. stock-index futures and Asian shares also rose.
BONDS – The outlook on the U.S.’s AAA credit-ranking was raised to stable from negative by Fitch Ratings after Congress suspended the nation’s debt limit for more than a year, reducing the risk of a default.
COMMODITIES – Gold rose for the first time in five days in London, trimming a weekly decline, as concern about the crisis over Ukraine increased demand for a haven. Silver advanced.
CURRENCIES – The Australian dollar’s implied volatility may rise along with that for the euro and New Zealand’s kiwi because the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate guidance lacked clarity, Commonwealth Bank of Australia said.
ECONOMIC DATA – CAD Core CPI and Retail Sales due at 8:30, FOMC Member Fisher Speaks at 13:45 ET.