Today's Top Stories - December 19, 2014 


BEWARE THE BELL! U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Friday following Thursday's rally, which saw the Dow industrial average climb more than 400 points for the first time in three years, fueled by comments from the Federal Reserve More

Rally or not, market volatility looms Friday may not see another stock market rally, but the expiration of futures and options could bring more volatility More

EUROPE: European shares were higher in morning trade on Friday, following the stellar rally in Asian and U.S. equities overnight More

ASIA: Asian equities put up an upbeat performance on the final trading day of the week, following an inspiring U.S. lead overnight as investors cheered the Federal Reserve's pledge to be patient in increasing interest rates More

OIL: Brent crude oil rose above $60 a barrel on Friday, recovering from near a five-and-a-half-year low as investors squared books ahead of the year-end festive break after six months of falling prices More

GOLD: Gold steadied on Friday, struggling to rise above the $1,200 an ounce mark as the dollar firmed and investor appetite for risk increased on expectations of rising U.S. interest rates More

Resurgence in gold demand from China and India, the world's biggest consumers, is set to restore some shine to the yellow metal in 2015 after a lackluster year More

Putin predicts recovery, warns West’ against pressuring Russian ‘bear’ More

Threats derail Sony’s release of ‘The Interview’ Hackers had said there would be wide-scale attacks and promised “a bitter fate” for the moviegoers More

Rumor sends traders barreling into McDonald’s; McDonald's shares are rallying on a rumor that Bill Ackman is taking a stake in the company, and pushing for the fast food giant to spin properties off into a tax-efficient real estate investment trust More

The unforgeable passport? It may have arrived; Researchers in the Netherlands have found what they say is a way to make it impossible for criminals to forge passports, ID cards or credit cards More

The yen fell on Friday amid expectations of further stimulus next year to bolster Japanese inflation and also on a revival of global risk sentiment after battered oil prices and Russia's ruble stabilised More

Internet giant Google has accused a Hollywood trade associationof reviving a campaign to "censor" the internet More

Retailers still haven't figured out mobile; More than half of consumers say that retailers "inconsistently meet expectations" or only "meet expectations" when it comes to their mobile experience More

T-Mobile to let customers carry over unused data Under T-Mobile's plan announced Tuesday, customers would be able to stash what they don't use for up to a year More

Working conditions at the companies that supply parts for the Apple iPhone 6 were in the spotlight Friday, after an undercover investigation by the BBC 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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