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  1. European Shares Rise on China Growth Data -- Update
    BY DJ Business News 06:08 AM EDT

    European shares recovered Wednesday after stronger-than-expected Chinese economic growth data offset market jitters over an escalation of tensions between Ukraine and Russia. In currency markets, sterling surged to a two-month high after some robust U.K. employment data further boosted the perception that the Bank of England is likely to be the first major central bank to hike interest rates. The Stoxx Europe 600 index was 0.9% higher mid-morning, bouncing back from...

  2. European stocks stay strong after weak inflation data
    BY MarketWatch 06:06 AM EDT

    LONDON-- European stock markets posted solid gains on Wednesday after better-than-expected Chinese growth data encouraged investors to move back into riskier assets and weak euro-zone inflation added more pressure on the European Central Bank to loosen policy. The Stoxx Europe 600 index jumped 0.6% to 328.57, partly recovering from its 1% loss on Tuesday, when sentiment was hampered by escalating tensions in the Ukraine crisis. Helping push the pan-European benchmark...

  3. EUROPE MARKETS: European Stocks Stay Strong After Weak Inflation Data
    BY DJ Business News 06:06 AM EDT

    LONDON-- European stock markets posted solid gains on Wednesday after better-than-expected Chinese growth data encouraged investors to move back into riskier assets and weak euro-zone inflation added more pressure on the European Central Bank to loosen policy. The Stoxx Europe 600 index jumped 0.6% to 328.57, partly recovering from its 1% loss on Tuesday, when sentiment was hampered by escalating tensions in the Ukraine crisis. Helping push the pan-European benchmark...

  4. BULLET: US TSYS SUMMARY: US Treasuries are lower.............
    BY Market News Intl Fixed Income Bullets 06:03 AM EDT

    US TSYS SUMMARY: US Treasuries are lower mid-morning London session with bear-steepening prevailing following sell-off in UK Gilts and also weak German Bund re-opening auction results. USTs fell in Asia trading after better than expected China Q1 GDP data and reversed the earlier bull flattening. However, whilst China Q1 GDP came in at +7.4% y/y -- slightly better than the +7.3% that economists had been expecting. However, the devil was in the detail -- slowest pace of growth since Q3 2012 and q/q basis was lowest pace since Q1 2012. Flows were supported by better bid in the front-end. Traders reported Asian central banks buying in off-the-run 3s and Asian real money seen profit-taking in 30s. Regional account was seen extended from 7s to 10s, added traders. In London prices moved higher on Ukraine headlines, but took a leg lower with UK Gilts after strong UK labour market report. Weak German 10-year Bund auction covered 1.3 vs 1.6 previous also weighed. Focus turns to Fed chair Yellen at 1215ET and Fed Fisher at 1325ET. 10s down 5/32 at 100-275 (2.648%), 30s -15/32 at 102-17 (3.486%) and 2-/30-year yield spread 2bps steeper at +312bps.

  5. Form 424B2 ROYAL BANK OF CANADA
    BY EDGAR SEC Filings 06:02 AM EDT

    http://archive.fast-edgar.com/20140416/A8A2AG2CI2228ZZ2222I2ZZZMLDL72U2O262. Filed on: April 16, 2014.

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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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