Leading equities stormed higher after US second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) was revised upwards to show a 1.7% quarterly increase. Although this represented a slow-down from the 3.7% gain in the first quarter economists had not been expecting any improvement on the previous estimated gain, and investors were happy to buy on the back of the slight improvement. [30 Sep '10]
Investors are holding fire ahead of this afternoon's release of US gross domestic product data. The downgrading of the credit rating of Spanish sovereign debt came as little surprise and has had minimal effect on sentiment, as has news that the bail out of Anglo Irish Bank could cost Ireland as much as €34bn (£29bn). [30 Sep '10]
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