Christopher S. Rugaber and Martin Crutsinger
AP Economics Writers

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June 25, 2013
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Economic optimism sharply up

WASHINGTON — The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans’ confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 5½ years. That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The Fed’s bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low. Investors appeared to welcome the flurry of positive data. The Dow …

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