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What's Behind Draghi's Bond Buying Spree?

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ECB starts buying corporate bonds, some good news for the U.K., and Clinton turns attention to Trump. Here are some of the things people in markets are talking about today.

ECB buys corporate debt

The European Central Bank's corporate-bond buying program kicked off this morning with the bank buying debt issued by companies including Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Telefonica SA, Siemens AG, and Renault SA, according to people familiar with the matter. Borrowing costs in Europe had already fallen to unprecedented levels with the average yield on investment-grade company notes in euros dropping to 1 percent this week. In the sovereign debt space, where the ECB also continues to be a buyer, the yield on Germany's 10-year bund is within a hair of turning negative, falling to (yet another) record low of 0.033 percent this morning. 

Some good news for the U.K. economy

Concerns over the Brexit vote have dominated every discussion on the U.K. economy lately, so today's industrial output data must come as a welcome relief. According to the Office for National Statistics output rose 2 percent in April, far ahead of economist expectations for no change. The pound, which rallied following the data, was back to unchanged at $1.4550 at 6:00 a.m. ET, as the currency's volatile week continues

Clinton v. Trump

Hillary Clinton has won the California primary, cementing her position as the Democratic nominee for president. In her victory speech last night, given before the results of the California vote were known, she celebrated that she is the first woman to achieve a major-party nomination. Meanwhile, her campaign made it clear she is prepared to win ugly against Donald Trump. The Republican nominee has not had a good week following his comments about a judge's Mexican ancestry. Yesterday, GOP Senator Mark Kirk said he could no longer support Trump following the remarks.

Mixed markets

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index rose 0.5 percent overnight, with Japan's Topix Index rising 0.8 percent following a revision higher of GDP. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 index dropped 0.5 percent by 6:10 a.m. ET, with banks leading the losses. European stocks continue to trail their U.S. peers, with outflows of $36 billion so far this year thanks to elevated risk perception from the looming Brexit referendum. Futures for the S&P 500, which reached a level 0.5 percent below an all-time high in yesterday's session, were flat

Oil recovery continues

Crude is trading near 10-month highs, with a barrel of West Texas Intermediate for July delivery at $50.80 at 6:18 a.m. ET. Expected record-high summer gasoline demand and continuing supply problems due to the security situation in Nigeria means the glut in global production is likely to ease further. 

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