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Japan's shock expansion of quantitative easing sends markets rallying.
(Update) FTSE 100 erases morning's losses as US data softens investors' growth fears.
(Update) Hopes that the US Federal Reserve won't be in any rush to raise interest rates sends stocks higher.
Shares in Standard Chartered have fallen nearly 10% after a profit slump, capping gains on the FTSE 100.
(Update) Initial rally prompted by lack of major shocks from bank stress tests falters as more German woes dampen sentiment.
Fund manager Richard Buxton buys back into Shire after its failed takeover by Abbvie. Ebola scare knocks FTSE but index is up on the week.
More good US corporate results spurred the FTSE 100 higher, offsetting consumer gloom and falling shares in Tesco and Unilever.
World markets strengthened again, with the FTSE 100 up 25 points, following more encouraging company news from the US.
The FTSE 100 sped 105 points higher on a report that the European Central Bank plans stronger action to avoid a depression.
Bruce Stout believes quantitative easing has caused the UK to become caught in a liquidity trap.