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Upbeat US survey helps stocks clamber off lows

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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Upbeat U.S. manufacturing figures Friday helped ease the selling in stock markets and gave the dollar a further boost despite nervousness over the prospect of impending spending cuts by the U.S. government. Some $85 billion in cuts are due to take effect today as part of a previous budget agreement between the White House and Congress. The planned "sequester" could hit...