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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.

Stocks mostly down amid economic uncertainty

Stocks edged down today as investors varied between cheering the modest recovery in the United States and wondering if the world economy was still bad enough to push central banks to act.

Storm threat fails to bolster oil price

Oil prices sank yesterday despite a looming hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico as traders bet that demand for crude would drop back as refineries were shut down to weather the storm.

Storm threat fails to bolster oil price

Oil prices sank yesterday despite a looming hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico as traders bet that demand for crude would drop back as refineries were shut down to weather the storm.

Standard Chartered in money-laundering talks

Standard Chartered is discussing a settlement with US regulators ahead of tomorrow's preliminary hearing before the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), which last week alleged it had laundered $250bn (£159bn) of money from Iran.

Standard Chartered in race to reach settlement with US regulators

Standard Chartered, the UK bank accused of laundering money on behalf of Iran, is unlikely to reach a settlement with its American regulators before a scheduled hearing in New York on Wednesday, according to sources at the bank.

Stephen Foley: It's a guessing game over the US economy

US Outlook: Officials at the Federal Reserve sparked a mini-stock market rally midweek when they briefed journalists that a new round of monetary stimulus will be on the agenda of the Federal Open Market Committee when it meets next week.

Don't expect any help from us, Ben Bernanke tells eurozone leaders

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, sent a message of "you're on your own" to European leaders yesterday, telling them there were no policy tools or technical steps the US central bank could take to help ease the pressures in the eurozone.

James Moore: Search for a safe haven and the herd mentality

Such is the herd mentality among investors that it needs only the merest hint of trouble and they are falling over each other in a rush to so-called "safe havens". It really is like so many sheep clustered together at the corner of a field. Russia? Sub-Saharan Africa? Pfah. You can keep your gaudy yields and your fancy returns on capital. Even some more developed "emerging" markets – parts of Asia for example – can expect short shrift. It's German Bunds and US Treasuries for us. Right on cue the former hit a record low yield yesterday morning. Baaaaa!

Elena Baltacha stretches for a backhand during yesterday’s defeat to Sam Stosur

Defeat in Paris puts Baltacha's Olympic place in jeopardy

Keothavong handed the chance to take over British No 1 spot and claim Games wild card

Shock US jobs update hits shares as Europe sinks again

Poor figures hint at slowdown in America's recovery as elections loom in France and Greece

Stephen Foley: Who’s really to blame? It’s the economists, stupid

US Outlook Forget Wall Street. Occupy the University of Chicago.

James Moore: Now US investors put the boot into bankers

Outlook Talking of bankers, it seems that now American investors are squaring up for a fight over their pay.

UK narrowly avoids a double-dip recession

The UK has narrowly avoided a double-dip recession but will struggle for the rest of the year unless businesses stop hoarding cash and start investing, a forecaster warned today.

Blow for US recovery as fewer jobs are created

Worries over revival's momentum as increase in non-farm payroll is slowest since October

US Federal Reserve hints at intervening to stoke recovery

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, warned that the recent reduction in unemployment in the world's largest economy may not be sustainable, reigniting hopes of central bank intervention to stoke the recovery.

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