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The US economy continued to grow in the final quarter of the year, expanding at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Pressure intensifies on Bloomberg after new 'snooping' scandal twist

Bloomberg apologised after the financial news agency let its reporters access clients' information

Weak US economy prompts Fed to stick with stimulus plan

Signs that the US economy remains weak, along with evidence that the budgetary impasse in Washington is restraining growth, have convinced policymakers who gathered for the latest meeting of the US Federal Reserve to stick with the extraordinary stimulus measures put in place to support the recovery.

US economy expanded by lower-than-expected 2.5% in first three months of year

The American economy expanded at a rate of 2.5 per cent in the first three months of the year, according to new figures released today, performing far better than at the end of 2012 but missing expectations as falling government spending proved a drag on growth.

Ben Chu: Gilded bubbles of denial

Outlook We humans have a biological need for narrative explanations, for meaning. We instinctively dislike the idea that things just happen. We want to know why they happen. It makes us feel better. Take the gold price crash.

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Gold recovers after sell-off

Jamie Dimon spoke of 'positive signs' that signs that US economy is 'healthy and getting stronger'

JP Morgan Chase shows 33% rise amid signs that US economy is 'healthy and getting stronger'

JP Morgan Chase, America’s largest bank by assets, surpassed expectations with its quarterly profits today, booking a 33 per cent rise as chief executive Jamie Dimon spoke of “positive signs” that the world’s largest economy is “healthy and getting stronger.”

An American car worker: poor data on jobs hit US stocks yesterday

Fears over US economy return after slowdown in jobs market

Worries that spending cuts and higher taxes are hitting employment prospects

S&P 500 sets record closing high

The S&P 500 index reached a record closing high last night, climbing beyond the 1,565 level struck in October 2007, a year before the collapse of the Lehman Brothers.

Fastest rise since 2006 in US property prices

There were fresh signs of improving trends in the American housing market yesterday, with residential real estate prices over the 12 months to January growing at their fastest pace since summer 2006.

Fed to keep pumping cash into US economy

Investors were reassured after America's central bank signalled yesterday that it would continue to support the world's largest economy by buying billions of dollars worth of bonds every month.

Surprise jump in US jobs sends unemployment to four-year low

The United States added 236,000 jobs last month, far exceeding expectations, as the unemployment rate in the world's largest economy improved to a four-year low.

Ben Chu: Are markets getting ahead of themselves?

Perhaps America's politicians should commit economic self-harm more often. Everyone feared that the $85bn in automatic spending cuts implemented by Congress this month after members failed to agree on a budget deal would hammer investor confidence. But the news has instead merely bounced off the flanks of bullish financial markets, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average confirmed yesterday when the venerable index of 30 large companies breached 14,198 for the first time in its history.

Stock traders work at the New York Stock Exchange

Boom-time for world markets as FTSE reaches five-year high and Dow Jones hits all-time high

World markets continued to shrug off economic worries today as London's FTSE 100 Index closed at its highest level since January 2008.

The pound in your pocket will definitely be affected by the Budget, whatever the details

Markets spooked as pound slides to a 30-month low against the dollar

The pound was struggling to hold back another sell-off today after signs of cold feet from the US Federal Reserve over its money-printing programme sent traders scurrying into the dollar.

Unease grows among US policymakers over bonds strategy

America's central bankers remained divided last month over how long they should continue with their policy of supporting the economy with billions of dollars in monthly bond purchases, with "many officials" growing nervous about the dangers of further expanding the Federal Reserve's balance sheet.

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