Principal Financial Group Inc., the seller of life insurance and retirement products, said it is seeking acquisitions outside the U.S. while share repurchases probably will decline after the stock rallied.
Data this week will probably show retail sales in the U.S. rose in November by the most in five months, while factory production in the U.K. grew in October for a second consecutive month. Elsewhere, the Chilean presidential election may determine whether the country’s companies boost spending, and Australia’s conservative government will probably issue its midyear fiscal review.
Spain will begin defense of its World Cup title against the Netherlands in a repeat of the 2010 final, a day after host and tournament favorite Brazil opens soccer’s monthlong showpiece against Croatia.
Chile’s peso posted its biggest three-day gain since August as the fastest inflation in 2013 supported the case for a halt in interest-rate cuts and helped the currency extend its rally from a two-year low.