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LONDON, Oct 24 - Sterling rose against the dollar on Friday after figures showed the UK economy met expectations and grew at a healthy pace, providing a relief for those worried that weakness overseas could be a drag on activity.
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(The following statement was released by the rating agency) LONDON, October 24 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings, London, Fitch Ratings has affirmed Spain's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at 'BBB+'. The issue ratings on Spain's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds have also been affirmed at 'BBB+'. The Outlooks on the Long-term IDRs are Stable. The Country Ceiling has been affirmed at 'AA+' and the Short-term foreign currency IDR at 'F2'. KEY RATING DRIV
* Microsoft, Procter & Gamble results lift U.S. shares * Ebola scare limits U.S. gains, weighs on Europe stocks * U.S. Treasuries prices edge higher on Ebola fear * Euro rises ahead of European bank stress test results (Adds close of European bond, stock markets) By Sam Forgione NEW YORK, Oct 24 - Global equity markets rose on Friday as gains in Microsoft and Procter & Gamble buoyed U.S. shares, even as news that a New York City doctor tested positive for the Ebol