Today's Top Stories - January 30, 2015  


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures signaled a lower open on Friday, ahead of the first estimate of how much the U.S. economy grew in the final quarter and more fourth quarter earnings reports More

EUROPE: European equities were mixed on Friday with investors reacting to earnings and euro zone inflation and unemployment reports More

ASIA: Asian equity markets outside China traded higher on the final trading day of the week, following a halt in the sell-off in energy markets and as traders digest the raft of earnings releases in Tokyo and Seoul More

OIL: Oil prices were steady near $49 a barrel early on Friday with some support from new Chinese reserve regulations yet remained on track for a seventh monthly fall weighed by a global supply glut More

GOLD: Gold edged up on Friday after falling more than 2 percent to a two-week low overnight on concerns over a looming increase in U.S. interest rates, with bullion still on track for its biggest weekly drop in two months More

Next for oil: Mergers, layoffs and 'death spirals' With crude prices nearly 60 percent off their highs, experts foresee a wave of corporate restructuring and acquisitions playing out over the next 12 to 18 months More

Scenes from the Adult Entertainment Expo While Consumer Electronics Show (and this week's SHOT Show) are closed to the general public, the Adult Entertainment Expo welcomes its fans—and this year, they're more welcome than ever—as the show has extended its public hours and expects to hit record high attendance levels More

Earnings growth in 1Q could be worst since 2009 Analysts are predicting Standard & Poor's 500 companies will see no earnings growth at all in the first quarter of 2015. Here's why … More

Euro zone slides deeper into deflation The euro zone slid further into deflation in January, underlining the case for the European Central Bank's full-blown bond-buying program, announced earlier this month More

Amazon smashes Street forecast; stock soars 14% More


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Displaying polyester prints - - VNS Globe-traveling Photographer Corey Langley caught this display of Polyester shirts in Cambodia - - VNS will be featuring a series of outstanding photos from Corey over the next week or so
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