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The outlook for US economic output was boosted yesterday by figures that showed its trade deficit fell by substantially more than than-expected in October, driven by a weaker dollar and a surge in exports.

Bank of America shares fall amid leak rumours

Shares in Bank of America, the largest US bank, fell by more than 3 per cent amid speculation it is to be Wikileaks' next target. The whistle-blowing website's founder, Julian Assange, the subject of a US criminal investigation, claimed a fresh "megaleak" will target a major US bank "early next year".

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Market Report: Antofagasta on a high note in copper crescendo

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Market Report: Housebuilders plummet despite hopeful outlook

The housebuilders found themselves near the bottom of the second tier last night after a tough week for the sector, despite support from analysts and traders who said the stocks could prove a surprisingly strong investment opportunity.

Market Report: Banks dominate despite looming spectre of PPI

The banks were the standout stocks on the top tier yesterday, in spite of a warning that the sector may face compensation claims of more than £5bn over allegations they mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI).

Market Report: Cairn's Greenland woes leave shares in the cold

Environmentalists would have been toasting the sight of Cairn Energy stranded at the bottom of the index yesterday, after the Edinburgh-based oil explorer announced that it had suspended drilling at the controversial Alpha-1S1 well in Greenland before reaching the intended depth. The operation has been targeted by Greenpeace campaigners, who boarded the Stena Don platform in August in an attempt to delay the exploration.

Mitsui eyes stake in mining giant

Metalloinvest, run by Arsenal FC's billionaire shareholder Alisher Usmanov, is in talks to sell a stake in the mining giant to Japan's Mitsui ahead of a London listing next year.

Market Report: Housebuilders tumble as analyst fears double dip

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US banks to post rise in profits, but investment income slumps

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