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U.S. equities posted modest gains to lift the S&P 500 to two record closes, while European, Japanese and Chinese equity indexes also ended higher. Although mixed economic data led the Fed to express a willingness to hold off on raising short-term interest rates until at least September, labor market data remained strong and housing starts soared.


Falling oil prices have caused high yield bond prices to become volatile this year, but fundamentals remain sound as a strengthening U.S. economy will likely keep default rates low.

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