Today's Top Stories - September 18, 2014 


BEWARE THE BELL! Wall Street looked set to open higher today, as stocks in Europe enjoyed a relief rally over the U.S. Federal Reserve's accommodative policy stance More

EUROPE: European shares were higher in morning trade on Thursday after an important announcement regarding the meetings of the European Central Bank (ECB) and investors showing relief over the U.S. Federal Reserve's accommodative policy stance More

ASIA: Asian shares were mixed on Thursday as slowing property prices in China offset relief over the U.S. Federal Reserve's accomodative policy stance More

OIL: Brent crude dropped towards $98 per barrel on Thursday as the dollar firmed amid fears of a faster hike in U.S. interest rates, while a rise in U.S. crude stocks also hurt prices More

GOLD: Gold tumbled to its lowest in 8-1/2 months on Thursday as the dollar index jumped to a four-year peak after the Federal Reserve signalled that a faster hike in U.S. interest rates might be on the horizon More

Scots load up on gold as vote gets underway; With uncertainties surrounding the Scottish independence referendum, anxious investors in the country have been adding to their holdings of gold More

Family Dollar is telling shareholders to reject an unsolicited, $9.1 billion takeover bid by its rival, Dollar General "The terms of the Dollar General Offer are no different from those in its most recent unsolicited proposal, which was previously and unanimously rejected by our Board of Directors based on antitrust regulatory considerations," More

Bank of America, Wells Fargo say they pass midyear stress tests Bank of America and Wells Fargo say their capital levels would remain above regulatory minimums in the event of a hypothetical, "severely adverse" economic downturn More

Scotland minus EU equals higher whiskey prices: bank report A Dutch bank is warning that if Scotland does secede from the European Union that the price of scotch whiskey could skyrocket More

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal More

Coca-Cola's Surge beverage makes a comeback, sells out within hours; The citrus-flavored sparkling drink is exclusively available though online retailer, in 12-packs of 16-oz. cans. The first batch of Surge sold out within hours on Amazon Monday but according to the brand's Twitter handle, there will be more soon More

Review - iPhone 6: 'Best smartphone in the market' More

The CEO of Apple appeared to make a rather critical commentary of some of the tech giant's Silicon Valley rivals on Wednesday Tim Cook said, "We don't 'monetize' the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don't read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple.” More

Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work; Two prominent U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with diabetics and chronic disease patients using Apple Inc's HealthKit, offering a glimpse of how the iPhone maker's ambitious take on healthcare will work in practice More

Amazon and Apple Just Made Buying Digital Media a Lot More Attractive Both Apple and Amazon are going to let their customers share stuff they've bought from their digital storefronts with family members. Just like you can in real life. More

US consumer prices sink in August, may take heat off Fed; U.S. consumer prices fell for the first time in nearly 1½ years in August and underlying inflation pressures were muted, which could lessen the urgency for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates More

Chinese millionaires plan to leave in droves: Report Nearly half of Chinese millionaires plan to move out of the country in the next five years—a flight that could add to worries over the country's economy, as more money moves offshore rather than being invested or spent in China; people worth $1.5 million or more from 17 countries, 47 percent of Chinese millionaires plan to emigrate, while another 20 percent said they don't know if they will move More

COST OF CHOWING DOWN GOING UP! Pound of Ground Beef Tops $4 for First Time More

What You Need to Know About the Future of Paying for Stuff: Don't throw away your wallet just yet More


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