NEW YORK - Global equity markets rose on Friday after strong corporate results from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble and reduced concerns over the possible spread of Ebola boosted U.S. shares and kept safe-haven U.S. Treasuries prices stable.
NEW YORK - The euro rose on Friday ahead of an official report on the health of the euro zone's main banks as investors continued a trend of covering their short-positions leading to buying of the currency against the U.S. dollar.
- Speculators reduced bullish bets on the dollar in the latest week after some weak U.S. economic data that further pushed out expectations for any Federal Reserve interest rate increase, data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed on Friday.
LONDON - Sterling rose on Friday after figures showed the UK economy slowing but in line with forecasts and still growing at a healthy pace, a relief for those worried that weakness overseas could be a heavier drag on activity.
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