Today's Top Stories - December 23, 2014 


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Tuesday as investors awaited a slew of economic data, following another record close on Monday More

Dow stares down 18K on last big data day of year … Year-end buying could push the Dow to 18,000, a psychological level that could give any Santa rally more steam More

EUROPE: European shares were higher on Tuesday with investors reacting to a slew of data amid low trading volumes More

ASIA: Asian stocks traded mixed on Tuesday, overlooking a strong session on Wall Street, as fears of a further slump in oil prices resurfaced. Trading volumes were low ahead of Thursday's Christmas holiday and as Japanese markets shut for the Emperor's Birthday holiday More

Depleted oil field highlights China's corruption crackdown; In a muddy clearing in southern Sumatra, a portable diesel power plant hammers away alongside a wellhead, struggling to extract crude from a depleted reservoir that lies below farmland and rubber plantations More

OIL: Brent crude oil prices edged up on Tuesday following a volatile session the day before that saw contracts jump over 2 percentage points before falling back to not much more than $60 a barrel More

Oil price bloodbath to spark energy sector buying spree … Large oil companies flush with cash are expected to seize on the recent collapse in oil prices to begin a shopping spree for smaller rivals, focusing on oil producers and explorers in Africa, Asia and the United States More

Depleted oil field highlights China's corruption crackdown … OPEC will not cut output however far oil falls: Naimi"Whether it goes down to $20, $40, $50, $60, it is irrelevant," he said. He said that we "may not" see oil back at $100 a barrel, formerly Saudi Arabia's preferred level for prices, again More

Nat gas collapses—‘This is panic selling;’Call it the perfect nonstorm.Natural gas was cratering Monday, as mild weather forecasts compound a supply surplus and a general energy market swoon; The backdrop for the move is Thursday's natural gas inventory report, which showed a year-over-year supply surplus for the first time since December 2012 More

Chart shows oil rig count may have long way to fall … very week, the oilfield services company releases its count of the number of active rigs across all of the U.S. oil industry. It's an important barometer of how much drilling is going on, and markets watch it to see if there are any big changes or trends. The newest number, released Friday afternoon, showed the number of active U.S. oil rigs down by 10 to 1,536 More

GOLD: Gold rose on Tuesday, moving away from a three-week low hit in the previous session, as the dollar and equities eased after recent rallies … Spot gold had climbed 0.7 percent to $1,182.40 an ounce by 0752 GMT. It tumbled nearly 2 percent in the previous session, dropping to $1,170.17 an ounce - its lowest since Dec. 1. More

As gold finishes out a rocky year, its chart is heading toward critical development point, and the yellow metal may fall below $1,000 an ounce More

Politician: Russian women should use beetroot lipstick Women should do without imported lipstick and use beetroot as a replacement, because "men like a natural look," wrote Siberia Senator Igor Chernishev More

How the US could retaliate against North Korea any successful measure will need to reach Pyongyang's well-insulated elite, rather than just harming the already suffering majority; The strategy with the most potential, experts said, would involve leaning on outside entities More

A former Rite Aid quality assurance executive in Oregon and a New Jersey businessman have agreed to plead guilty to charges in connection with a nine-year, $14.6 million surplus inventory kickback scheme More


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  Quote OF THE DAY    


SEX IN THE SHOWER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In a recent survey carried out for the leading toiletries firm 'Brut', people from Chicago have proved to be the most likely to have had sex in the shower!
In the survey, 86% of Chicago's inner city residents (almost all of whom are registered Democrats) say that they have enjoyed sex in the shower.
The other 14% said they hadn't been to prison yet.
Sort of brings tears to your eyes!!!!






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