Today's Top Stories - September 30, 2014 


BEWARE THE BELL! Wall Street index futures traded higher on Tuesday, with Apple and Netflix in focus against a backdrop of social unrest in Hong Kong More

EUROPE: European shares were higher in morning trade on Tuesday, with investors focusing on key data from the euro zone rather than the geopolitical risk posed by the protests in Hong Kong More

ASIA: Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday amid caution over developments in Hong Kong and as investors focused on data in China and Japan More

OIL: Brent crude futures hovered above $97 a barrel on Tuesday, aided by firm U.S. and Chinese data, but the oil benchmark was on track for its deepest quarterly drop in more than two years on plentiful supplies More

GOLD: Gold held steady above a nine-month low on Tuesday as Asian equities remained unsettled by political unrest in Hong Kong, but was poised to post its sharpest monthly loss since June 2013 as a rapid climb in the dollar dimmed its appeal More

Bank of America to pay $7.6 million in civil charges to settle civil charges linked to its $4 billion math blunder; In April, Bank of America said it miscalculated its capital for several years after it bought Merrill Lynch in 2009. The mistake forced the bank to hold off its plan to raise its dividend earlier this year. More

EBay, PayPal to split into separate public companies; After spending much of the year explaining why its two businesses are best left together, eBay's board of directors and CEO did a complete about-face More

Why a strong dollar is scarier than taper tantrum A strong dollar tantrum could be a more worrying scenario than a Fed tightening tantrum," Michala Marcussen, global head of economics at Societe Generale, said More

Wal-Mart: Tracy Morgan, others weren't wearing seatbelts Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts; Wal-Mart's filing was made Monday in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July More

Why Hong Kong unrest scares markets Unrest in Hong Kong is spooking markets for fear it could escalate, challenging Beijing to make a measured political response, at a time when Chinese and global growth are at the heart of market anxiety More


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