Outlook brighter, but not enough yet for higher rates

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People walk past office buildings at the central business district in Singapore in this April 14, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files

People walk past office buildings at the central business district in Singapore in this April 14, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files

BY ROSS FINLEY

Prospects for a step-change in global economic growth are better than they have been in many years, but much depends on solid evidence that an awful first quarter for the United States is far in the rear-view mirror.

With Wall Street’s benchmark stock index near a record high and bond yields on the rise, the coming week is packed with important global data releases and policy minutes from three major central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Several of the world’s top central bankers will meet at a three-day forum later in the week hosted by the European Central Bank in Sintra, Portugal, and billed as a discussion on inflation and unemployment in Europe.

Flash Purchasing Managers’ Indexes for May also are due on Thursday, with little change expected to the overall story: a solid bounceback in the U.S., steady growth in Europe, but ongoing weakness in the world’s second-largest economy, China.

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