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WORLD HEADLINES – The selloff in safe-haven Bunds drove money into riskier assets, despite investors’ anxiety over how a G7 leaders summit that kicks off on Friday will pan out in view of global trade concerns.
STOCKS – Global stocks traded higher however, the risk-on sentiment across markets coincided with a calendar of potentially destabilising political events.
BONDS – German Bund yields rose above 0.50 percent for the first time in two weeks. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield moderated its rise slightly, having hit a 1-1/2-week peak of 2.985 percent on Wednesday.
COMMODITIES – Copper hit its highest level this year driven by supply concerns over disruption at the Escondida mine in Chile. It was on track for its sixth straight day of gains, its longest run since December.
CURRENCIES – The euro and Germany’s benchmark 10-year bond both climbed on signs that the ECB could soon call an end to its stimulus programme.
ECONOMIC DATA – US Unemployment Claims due at 8;30, Natural Gas Storage at 10:30, BOC Gov Poloz Speaks at11:15, CNY Trade Balance (tentative).