Today's Top Stories - March 30, 2015  


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures indicated a sharply higher open on Monday, following European stocks' move upwards, ahead a data-packed week that ends with the jobs report on Friday More

Charts say the S&P is set to rise 14%: Technician Craig Johnson of Piper Jaffray says the S&P will hit 2,350 before the year is out More

EUROPE: European equities were higher in morning trade on Monday, as investors looked ahead to forthcoming U.S. jobs data More

ASIA: With the exception of Australia, Asian stock markets recovered from a lackluster open to rise on Monday, as a modestly positive lead from Wall Street offset the impact of sliding oil pric More

OIL: Oil prices fell on Monday as officials from Iran and six world powers discussed a possible deal over Tehran's nuclear program that could bring an end to sanctions and allow an increase in Iranian oil exports More

Iran’s nuclear deal and how it could affect oil … As a crucial deadline in talks between the West and Iran about its nuclear program looms, analysts warned that a successful deal could further compound the glut in global oil markets More

GOLD: Gold fell one percent on Monday, down for a second straight session as the dollar climbed on increasing prospects that the Federal Reserve may start raising interest rates gradually this year More

UnitedHealth Group unit OptumRx Corp agreed to buy pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp in a deal worth $12.78 billion More

Photographer: Daniel Acker Big Oil Pressured Scientists Over Fracking Wastewater's Link to Quakes … During the meeting, Hamm requested that Holland be careful when publicly discussing the possible connection between oil and gas operations and a big jump in the number of earthquakes, which geological researchers were increasingly tying to the underground disposal of oil and gas wastewater More

Lincoln Revives Continental Name to Reverse Decades of Decline Ford Motor Co.’s lagging Lincoln line, searching for a return to relevance, is dusting off the old Continental model name that had its heyday in the Mad Men era and was favored by President John F. Kennedy More

by its own criteria, the Obama administration is an economic failure More

There's No Escaping Hauser's Law Even amoebas learn by trial and error, but some economists and politicians do not. The Obama administration's budget projections claim that raising taxes on the top 2% of taxpayers, those individuals earning more than $200,000 and couples earning $250,000 or more, will increase revenues to the U.S. Treasury. The empirical evidence suggests otherwise. None of the personal income tax or capital gains tax increases enacted in the post-World War II period has raised the projected tax revenues More


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