FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, file photo, a specialist works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The market's flux over the past week has given investors pause for thought.
US stocks closed out their best week in nearly two years on Friday, helped by earnings from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble and as concerns eased over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States.
About 25 banks are expected to fail the European Central Bank's landmark health checks, although many of those have already taken sufficient action this year to strengthen their finances, said two people familiar with the process.
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A steady decline in recent weeks brought down the average rate for a 30-year fixed home loan below 4 percent to 3.92 percent this week, the lowest level in more than a year.