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US stocks rebound, despite euro fears

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Strong earnings from Home Depot helped US stocks rebound Tuesday, along with a 16% jump in sales of new homes last month, a rise in consumer confidence, and remarks by the Fed’s chairman that seemed to quiet speculation the central bank may soon ratchet back its stimulus measures. Stocks slid Monday on concern Europe’s debt crisis may flare up again, triggered by political uncertainty in Italy. Tuesday’s good news about the US economy helped investors turn their focus away from Europe, where markets fell again. Italy is facing gridlock following elections that left Parliament with no clear-cut winner. Italy’s main stock index fell 4.9%.

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