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  1. BOJ to Adjust Policy if Needed
    BY DJ Business News 11:45 PM EDT

    Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday emphasized his willingness to take additional easing steps if needed in his opening address to a meeting of the central bank's branch managers. "We will make necessary policy adjustments while examining both upside and downside risks to economic and price conditions," Mr. Kuroda said in his prepared remarks.

  2. Asian Shares Mixed, Nikkei Pulls Back
    BY DJ Business News 10:57 PM EDT

    Asian stocks were mixed on Thursday, with Japan pulling back after its strong gains in the previous session, while Australia was reassured by comments from the chairwoman of the U.S. The region took a positive lead from the U.S., where Wall Street moved higher, with the technology-heavy Nasdaq recovering from a selloff that saw Internet and biotechnology companies hit hard in recent sessions. Supporting regional sentiment was Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, who gave a...

  3. GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks struggle higher, lack conviction
    BY Reuters 10:26 PM EDT

    * Asia shares mostly higher, moves modest. * Google and IBM fall after hours as earnings disappoint. By Wayne Cole. Asian share markets eked out gains on Thursday as dovish comments from the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve combined with an upbeat economic assessment from the central bank to lift Wall Street for a third straight session.

  4. Asian Shares Gain on Yellen Remarks
    BY DJ Business News 10:25 PM EDT

    Asian stocks moved higher on Thursday, with Japan extending its strong gains in the previous session, as the region was reassured by comments from the chairwoman of the U.S. The region took a positive lead from the U.S., where Wall Street moved higher, with the technology-heavy Nasdaq recovering from a selloff that saw Internet and biotechnology companies hit hard in recent sessions. Supporting regional sentiment was Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, who gave a speech...

  5. Nikkei flat in choppy trade as profit-taking offsets U.S. optimism
    BY Reuters 10:15 PM EDT

    *Canon soars after Nikkei says profit likely risen 50 pct* Foreigners net sellers last week By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, April 17- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat in choppy trade on Thursday morning as profit-taking from the previous day's big gains offset strength in U.S. shares which rose on confidence that the Federal Reserve will keep the interest rates low.

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Fidelity Viewpoints® and Analysis

With a new chair, the Fed looks prepared to continue its push to keep rates low.

Bonds are showing signs of strength after a challenging 2013, but expect volatility.

Shorter duration bonds may provide limited price volatility and varying levels of income.

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In general the bond market is volatile, and fixed income securities carry interest rate risk. (As interest rates rise, bond prices usually fall, and vice versa. This effect is usually more pronounced for longer-term securities.) Fixed income securities also carry inflation risk and credit and default risks for both issuers and counterparties. Unlike individual bonds, most bond funds do not have a maturity date, so avoiding losses caused by price volatility by holding them until maturity is not possible.

Lower-quality debt securities generally offer higher yields, but also involve greater risk of default or price changes due to potential changes in the credit quality of the issuer. Any fixed income security sold or redeemed prior to maturity may be subject to loss

The municipal market can be affected by adverse tax, legislative or political changes and the financial condition of the issuers of municipal securities. Interest income generated by municipal bonds is generally expected to be exempt from federal income taxes and, if the bonds are held by an investor resident in the state of issuance, state and local income taxes. Such interest income may be subject to federal and/or state alternative minimum taxes. Investing in municipal bonds for the purpose of generating tax-exempt income may not be appropriate for investors in all tax brackets. Generally, tax-exempt municipal securities are not appropriate holdings for tax advantaged accounts such as IRAs and 401(k)s.

Before investing, consider the funds' investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. Contact Fidelity for a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus containing this information. Read it carefully.

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