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US stocks ended weaker on Friday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated that the central bank was poised to raise interest rates this year, in line with Wall Street's expectations. Lackadaisical trading volume during the session ended a week of slow activity that has left many investors unconvinced that recent record-high levels are likely to last.

Canada's main stock index barely retreated on Friday, with cooling energy and financial stocks weighing, after the index posted gains in four of the previous five sessions. Investors took a cautious approach ahead of a US trading holiday on Monday, though US dollar strength hurt some energy stocks as crude prices slipped. Energy stocks were five of the 10 biggest negative weights on the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index.
If you can't beat them, buy them. That's the theory underlying a move by a growing number of mutual fund managers at companies including T. Rowe Price and Eaton Vance to slip shares of indexed exchange traded funds into their actively managed fund portfolios. Over the last five years - a period in which active fund managers have both underperformed and lost market share to ETFs - the number of actively-managed equity funds that hold ETFs in their top-10 holdings has jumped 174 percent, to a total of 148, according to Lipper data. In the past year, the number of active equity funds with ETFs as a top-10 holding has risen more than 23 percent, to 120, according to Lipper.
The amount of US commercial paper contracted to its lowest level in nearly 2-1/2 years in the latest week, suggesting sluggish loan demand to finance payrolls and inventories, Federal Reserve data showed on Thursday. US seasonally adjusted commercial paper outstanding fell $28.3 billion to $964.1 billion in the week ended May 20. This was the lowest level since the week of November 7, 2012 when it stood at $963.6 billion, according to Fed data.
US Treasuries yields rose on Friday as a stronger-than-expected increase in core consumer prices in April revived expectations that inflation may approach the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target later this year. If the price upturn persists, it would allow the US central bank to consider ending its near-zero interest rate policy this year sooner than previously thought, analysts said.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Reuters that the recent rise in the yields of long-term German government debt was a move in the right direction and boded well for life insurers. Last week, Germany's 10-year borrowing costs rose at a debt auction for the first time since January 2014. Yields on Bunds, the euro zone benchmark, are now at 0.67 percent after hitting a record low of 0.05 percent last month.
German bond yields headed for their first weekly fall in five weeks on Friday as the market focused again on central banks' continued use of heavy stimulus, which is helping to bring stability after weeks of violent price swings. The first fall in German business morale in seven months, albeit a shallower dip than forecast, supported demand for government bonds.
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Banking Review 2014

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