Today's Top Stories - January 23, 2015  


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures signaled a flat to higher open on Friday after the president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, detailed plans of a larger-than-expected bond-buying program on Thursday More

EUROPE: European markets were trading higher on Friday as global markets reacted positively to the European Central Bank's (ECB) decision to launch a full-scale bond-buying program More

ASIA: Asian equity markets posted an upbeat performance on the final trading day of the week, tracking a global rally after the European Central Bank (ECB) unleashed a 1 trillion euro ($1.11 trillion) stimulus package to resuscitate the deflation-hit euro zone More

Toyota crowned worldís biggest automaker for third year … Toyota Motor Corp. warded off Volkswagen AG to remain the world’s top-selling automaker for a third consecutive year, driven by record U.S. deliveries of its SUVs More

OIL: Oil prices rose on Friday after the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah added more uncertainty to an oil market that has more than halved over the last six months More

It's downhill for US after Saudi king dies: Kilduff… There will be no change in oil production policy on the part of Saudi Arabia following the death of the country's monarch, John Kilduff told CNBC More

Oil fields at risk: Where the slowdown has begun With crude prices down nearly 60 percent from their highs, investors are learning that not all oilfields are created equal More

Saudi oil policy 'just took turn for the worse' In earlier time, the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud would have rocked the oil market. The succession plan has always pointed in a direction away from U.S. interests and a turn toward an even harder line on Middle East issues. The antipathy toward Iran will be levered up, and the various Sunni-Shia battles will likely see greater escalation More

The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday rejected Democrats' bids to ban exports from the Keystone XL oil pipeline and to require building the project with American-made steel More

GOLD: Gold dropped below $1,300 an ounce on Friday, pulling back from five-month highs, as the dollar strengthened after the European Central Bank launched a multi-billion bond-buying program to reinvigorate the euro zone economy More

Gold bugs bet big on the bullion rallyThe recent rebound in bullion has not only brought smiles to gold bugs, it's also brought out the bulls in the options pits More

Domino’s Pizza on Obamacare calorie counts: It’s an impossible ‘disaster’ Lynn Liddle, the executive vice president of Domino’s Pizza, said the Obamacare mandate to count and post calories of served and sold food is impossible More

Here's what $100 gets you in Cuban rum and cigars With the U.S. and Cuba easing trade and travel restrictions, new rules from the U.S. Treasury Department now allow U.S. travelers to bring back $100 worth of rum and cigars from Cuba. So, how far does $100 go in Havana? More

X-McDonald employees who claimed they were fired because of race are suing the fast-food giant, accusing it of dodging responsibility for the discrimination and harassment they say they endured More

Now we know how many drivers Uber has, and how much money they earn​ … Uber hired Obama’s chief economist to study the business. Here’s what he found More

LIFESTYLE …Woman pays $164,000 a year to live on luxury cruise ship After her husband died, an 86-year old widow decided to sell her 10-acre Florida estate and permanently live on a luxury cruise ship More

World economy heading back to the 1980s: IHS The economy today is looking increasingly like the era of shoulder pads and Dallas thanks to the U.S. driving growth, ramping up oil production, and a stronger dollar making the world look the 1990s and 1980s More

The Fight for Justice Starts With Climate As I've long believed and as President Obama stressed again in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, the global warming crisis -- writ large -- will define the success or failure of our generation More


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