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Investors continued with speculations about when the Federal Reserve will finally decide to begin the monetary normalization process. US job grow.....

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  • Investors continued with speculations about when the Federal Reserve will finally decide to begin the monetary normalization process.
  • US job growth rebounded in May and the unemployment rate dropped to a near seven year low of 5.4%, showing signs of a pick-up in economic momentum that could keep the Federal Reserve on track to hike interest rates this year.
  • Consumer prices in the Eurozone scraped out of deflation in April boosting hopes of economic recovery in Europe.
  • Eurozone construction output rose in March, after declining in the previous month, an indication that businesses and households are becoming more willing to invest after years of caution.
  • The UK economy grew 0.3% in the first quarter of 2015 with growth hit by rising imports and a service sector slowdown.
  • Japan's economy expanded at its fastest pace in a year in the first quarter as business investment rose slightly, but goods piling up in factory warehouses posed a potential challenge to policy makers seeking to vanquish years of deflation.
  • The Russian central bank cut interest rates by 1.5% to 12.5%, following a recovery in the Ruble amid signals that the country's inflation rate had peaked.

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