Banks in the U.S. are lending the most since the recession ended in June 2009, supporting an economy weighed down by 8.3 percent unemployment.
Inflation is reemerging as a key driver of financial markets across the industrial world, according to Nomura Holdings Inc. and Wells Capital Management.
U.S. companies such as AT&T Inc. and Johnson & Johnson are paying less tax than before the recession even as profits have rebounded, buoyed by breaks and expansion in overseas markets, where the tax burden is lower.
U.S. companies from Apple Inc. to 3M Co. are surpassing earnings estimates at the highest rate in two years as economic growth at home helps drive demand and counter a drag from Europe.
"The data by and large came in as expected."
- Jim Paulsen on Jan 06, 2015
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