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Markets hope for Fed boost to U.S. economy

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to offer up some new stimulus for the sagging US economy when it closes a key policy meeting Wednesday, but many question whether it will do much. The two-day meeting of the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee might move to further press down…

Asian markets mostly up ahead of Fed decision

Asian stocks mostly rose in edgy trade on Wednesday, helped by bargain buying as dealers await the end of a US Fed meeting, expecting fresh monetary easing measures to jumpstart the economy. The anticipated announcement comes amid nervousness about Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and concerns over a possible Greek default.…

Americans worry about economy after job report

New worries about the economy gripped America Saturday after a government report showed no job growth last month amid sagging consumer confidence. Economists raised new concerns about recession after the Labor Department said that private sector employment, previously the main engine for job growth as revenue-strapped governments shed workers, “changed…

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