Today's Top Stories - February 8, 2016  

Beware The Bell! U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply lower open on Monday,as investors digest Friday's massive drop in technology stocks and look to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony later this week More

Europe: European markets extended losses after mixed employment data from the U.S. on Friday kept investors focused on the Federal Reserve's next move in its interest rate hiking path More

Asia: Markets in Australia and Japan rang in the year of the monkey on a slightly higher note,erasing early losses Monday. Most major Asian markets remained closed for the Lunar New Year holidays More

Oil: Crude oil prices eased in thin trade on Mondayas a meeting between OPEC producers Saudi Arabia and Venezuela showed little indication that steps would be taken to boost prices More

Gold: Gold hit three-month highs on Monday,extending its biggest weekly rise since July 2013 as sliding stock markets, global growth uncertainty and a softer dollar prompted investors to seek safety in hard assets More

What Americans say it takes to be middle class …The vast majority of American adults agree that a secure job and the ability to save money for the future are essential. The public is more evenly split when it comes to owning a home and having the time and money to travel for vacation. But one thing is now less likely to be seen as a requirement: a college education More

One Man's Opinion 22 Signs That The Global Economic Turmoil We Have Seen So Far In 2016 Is Just The Beginning - COMMENTARY More

The fourth quarter of 2015 looks to be the third straight quarter in which S&P 500 companies' profits fell versus the year prior This would be the first time this has happened since 2009 (when profits fell in Q1, Q2 and Q3) More

A penny just got a little cheaper. Making it, that is Each one-cent coin -- made almost entirely of zinc -- cost 1.43 cent to produce last year, down 14 percent from a year earlier and the lowest since 2008 More

This group of stocks are in a free fall In the last three months, shares of the once high-flying group of technology names — Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet (the parent company of Google) — have fallen a respective 7, 25, 22 and 4 percent. The move has come as tech shares overall have taken the biggest brunt of the recent bout in volatility, although Alphabet has recently been locked in a horse race with tech giant Apple to be the world's most valuable company More

#RIPTwitter: User outrage over changes to tweets Twitter users went into meltdown over weekend, using the hashtag #RIPTwitter to vent their fury at reports of changes to the way tweets will appear in users' timelines … BuzzFeed reported on Friday that Twitter is planning to introduce an algorithmic timeline and show tweets it thinks users want to see. Currently Twitter presents the newest tweets first as they happen in real-time More


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