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Share price rally over bond move

WALL Street rallied and the dollar rose against foreign currencies last night after the US Federal Reserve announced it was to scale back its £51.8 billion bond-buying scheme.

The decision, which surprised some investors, will ease efforts to boost the country's economy by lowering interest rates and boosting activity. It will be cut by £11.6bn a month.

The Federal Reserve's governing committee cited stronger job growth as a reason for the decision. It is being suggested the central bank now believes that the US economy is finally strong enough to no longer need as much support. It said: "The committee sees the risks to the outlook for the economy and the labour market as having become more nearly balanced."

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