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Global Markets Look to Cap 1Q on a High Note

Global stocks rose on Monday, as investors looked to close a shaky quarter on a positive note on expectations of growth-boosting measures from the euro zone and China, offsetting a reduction in U.S. stimulus.Markets focused on the flash estimate of euro zone inflation in March, due at 0900 GMT and likely to cement expectations the European Central Bank will take fresh steps at Thursday's policy meeting to counter the threat of deflation.The median consensus of 36 economists polled by Reuters is for a decline in annual inflation to just 0.6 percent, which would be the lowest in over four years and well below the ECB's target of below but close to 2 percent."We expect euro zone inflation to fall to 0.6 percent, with downside risks, and expect no new measures from the ECB. However, a big surprise on the downside in today's flash CPI could prompt some pre-emptive action, though this remains a risk case," Barclays economists wrote in a note to clients on Monday.Spain and Germany posted weak...

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