Stocks steady after strong month

Euro near recent lows ahead of ECB QE

GUANGZHOU, CHINA - MARCH 02: (CHINA OUT) Irish boy band Westlife perform on stage during their concert at Guangzhou Stadium on March 2, 2012 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

FTSE 100’s record — fact versus fiction

Dividends have been overlooked in the return to the 1999 peak

Imminent QE triggers European fund inflows

Equity funds take $4bn in a week as investors prepare for ECB measure

FTSE 100 consolidates near record high

Hikma Pharma slides on downbeat broker call

UK stock market indices

Chart that tells a story — the FTSE since 1999

The ups, but mostly downs, of UK blue-chips

JC Penney sinks on turnround doubts

US equity markets remain below record highs

Shares’ long-term lustre outshines gilts

Dividends make the difference, up almost every year since 1945

Dollar jumps after US inflation data

European bond yields slide to record lows

Standard Chartered boosts FTSE 100

SABMiller bid speculation revived

Revisionists take heat off US bank results

Morgan Stanley has made four changes to earnings in five quarters

Salesforce jumps as clients raise spending

US equity markets hover near record highs

Reed Elsevier cools after profit dip

FTSE 100 remains in sight of record high

AB InBev plans buy-back and dividend rise

Brewer falls short of fourth-quarter target but increases payout

Cyberonics and Sorin merge in $3bn deal

US and Italian medical device makers seek lower-tax regime

World equity index hovers near record

Dollar extends retreat after Yellen comments

China is no longer a bargain

A-shares are a bet on reforms and on more leverage to buy shares

FTSE 100 story in charts

Benchmark UK index has lagged behind other UK and international indices

BWin slides on German regulation fears

FTSE 100 index drifts lower from its record high

Markets play chicken with Fed over rates

Volatility to rise if Fed acts sooner than assumed by bond markets

HP tumbles on hit from currency swings

US stocks mixed as Yellen delivers Congress testimony