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U.S. Stocks Rise, Driven by Earnings

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U.S. stocks climbed, lifted by a series of upbeat earnings reports. Major stock indexes have rebounded in recent sessions as corporate earnings have showed sustained strength among U.S. companies.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Falls - Conference Board

Americans grew less optimistic about the economy in April, but confidence remained high, according to the Conference Board.

Trump Pick for SEC Chairman Assembling Top Agency Staff

President Donald Trump's choice to run the Securities and Exchange Commission is quietly assembling a cabinet of top staff members who spent their careers on Wall Street or advised companies on big deals, foreshadowing the commission's quick pivot toward a deregulatory agenda.

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Rising Home Prices Raise Concerns of Overheating

The U.S. housing market's red-hot recovery from the depths of the crash five years ago is fueling concerns among economists and real-estate brokers that home prices are overheating.

U.S. Home-Price Growth Continued Accelerating in February

Home-price growth continued accelerating in February, a sign that the market is still heating up five years after it hit bottom in the same month in 2012.

Oil Prices Still Falling

Oil prices continued their downward slide amid continued doubts that the global crude glut is being drained.

EU Bank Executives Push Back at Regulators

European bank executives told regulators they were taking too long to complete the postcrisis financial rule book in a shifting political environment, leaving lenders at competitive disadvantage and putting the bloc's economic recovery at risk.

Brazil Records Current-Account Surplus in March

Brazil recorded a stronger than usual current-account result in March, with a surplus of $1.4 billion, the central bank said.

French Vote Fuels Hopes for Growth

The ascension of centrist Emmanuel Macron as the heavy favorite in France's presidential race spurred investors to set aside the political worries that have long plagued European markets and to make new bets on economic growth.

ECB Survey May Fuel Argument for Negative Rates

Survey data from the European Central Bank showed that negative deposit rates are encouraging banks to make loans, which could reinforce the ECB's commitment to keep interest rates negative after other stimulus ends.

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April 25, 2017 13:15 ET (17:15 GMT)