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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday expressed growing confidence that an economic recovery was building, even though it stuck to its commitment to keep borrowing costs near zero for "an extended period."

TOKYO (Reuters) - The dollar lost ground on Wednesday after hitting a one-month high against a basket of currencies, while Asian stocks edged higher in muted trade ahead of central bank meetings that kept investors wary.

The longtime accountant of convicted swindler Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple fraud charges in connection to Madoff's notorious, decades-long Ponzi scheme.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks cut losses to trade little changed on Tuesday following data that showed new orders received by factories rose more than expected in September.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity hit its highest level in 3-1/2 years last month and pending home sales contracts unexpectedly surged in September, allaying fears the economy's budding recovery would falter.

(Reuters) - Stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Monday, signaling a rebound after the previous session's steep losses, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.74 percent, Dow Jones futures up 0.68 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures up 0.02 percent at 4:12 a.m. EST.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. economy has been kick-started into growth but stock investors still face an uncertain outlook as Wall Street gears up for comments from the Federal Reserve and a key report on employment next week.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Securities and Exchange Commission is in settlement talks with several large financial institutions to resolve investigations into the awarding of municipal investment contracts, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. authorities seized nine failed banks on Friday, the most in a single day since the financial crisis began and the latest stark sign that substantial parts of the nation's banking industry are being crippled by bad loans.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow industrials suffered its worst slide since July on Friday on concerns that the economic recovery won't be robust enough to sustain the seven-month stock rally, while financials sank on renewed worries about Citigroup's balance sheet.