By Marius Zaharia LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks were ending 2013 close to six-year peaks on Tuesday and benchmark bond yields were poised for their first annual rise since 2009 as investors anticipated a further pick-up in global growth. Wall Street was on track for its best year since 1997 with a 29 percent gain, while Japan's Nikkei ended up 56.7 percent and European shares gained 16 percent. Assets favored by investors in economic downturns took a beating in 2013, with falling prices driving top-rated U.S. and German bond yields near their highest levels in around two years and gold limping towards its worst annual performance in three decades. With bets that the economic recovery will continue even as the U.S. central bank steadily trims its bond-buying stimulus and that the euro zone will take more steps towards overcoming its debt crisis, investors look for more of the same in 2014.{br}{br}View the Entire Article{br}