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WORLD HEADLINES – Risk off prevailed in markets, spurring slides in Asian and European stocks as the U.K.’s upcoming vote on European Union membership fueled anxiety ahead of central bank meetings in the U.S. and Japan.

STOCKS – The Stoxx Europe 600 Index sank 1.1 percent as of 8:19 a.m. London time, headed for its lowest close since February.

BONDS – U.S. Treasuries rallied for a sixth day to yield 1.60 percent, headed for the lowest closing level since 2012.

COMMODITIES – Gold declined 0.3 percent, snapping a four-day rally in which it gained more than 3 percent. Crude dropped 1.5 percent, falling for a fourth day.

CURRENCIES – The pound weakened 1 percent versus the dollar, approaching a two-month low. Japan’s currency strengthened 0.5 percent, approaching its highest level since 2014.

ECONOMIC DATA – US Retail Sales m/m due at 8:30 ET.