Today's Top Stories - August 28, 2014 


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures ticked lower on Thursday, ahead of the second estimate for second-quarter economic growth and weekly initial jobless claims More

EUROPE: European shares accelerated losses on Thursday as investors digested events in Ukraine and considered the likelihood of more monetary easing from the European Central Bank (ECB) More

ASIA: Asian stock markets declined on Thursday in a quiet session amid a lack of catalysts More

OIL: Brent futures dipped on Thursday, but still held between $102 and $103 a barrel, as ample supply and a refinery fire in the United States that could reduce crude demand weighed on prices More

GOLD: Gold rose for the third straight day on Thursday on softening dollar and increased tensions between Ukraine and Russia, but the precious metal was under pressure from rallies in equities and the prospect of a U.S. interest rate hike More

Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment, and growth moving closer to full health More

A number of United States banks, including JPMorgan Chase and at least four others, were struck by hackers in a series of coordinated attacks this month, according to four people familiar with a continuing investigation into the crimes More

The Obamaconomy - Budget Crunchers Now Expect a Permanently Weaker Economy More

Tax help for business, pleasure trips You really need a break, but it's been a tough year for your business and you're not comfortable spending money on vacation travel. Let Uncle Sam help pay for your business trip. When you tack on personal vacation days to the beginning or end of a business trip, your out-of-pocket costs could be minimal since much of the business portion of your travel could be tax deductible More

Despite fire, BP said its largest U.S. refinery, at Whiting, Indiana, continued to operate on Thursday morning following a blaze Wednesday night that was expected to have a minimal impact on production More


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