Today's Top Stories - August 20, 2014 


BEWARE THE BELL! Wall Street was seen opening lower on Wednesday, with minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting in focus More

European shares were lower in morning trade on Wednesday with investors focusing on central bank monetary policy ahead of the Jackson Hole symposium later this week More

Asian stocks were mostly higher late Wednesday, reversing from early losses and overlooking news of a widening trade deficit in Japan, as traders awaited the release of the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting minutes later in the day More

Brent crude futures steadied near 14-month lows above $101 a barrel on Wednesday, with ample supplies putting prices at risk of further losses as worries over geopolitical tensions ease More

Gold was stuck firmly below $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday after a three-day losing streak, as strong U.S. housing data bolstered stock markets and dimmed bullion's appeal as a safe haven More

Mexican billionaire offers advice for Latinos; Increasing workers' earning power and offering Latino-owned companies easier access to funding that can be used for growth and expansion can help improve the social and economic status of Latinos in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim told a group of religious and community leaders More

Your next commuter car might have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Phoenix-based Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny Elio, which has a starting price of $6,800 More

Family Dollar’s board of directors is now in activist investor Carl Icahn's crosshairs for not moving more aggressively to combine with Dollar General earlier More

Ireland-based Eaton industries to close its clutch assembly plant in north Charlotte, laying off 80 employees More

Apple Inc. stock closed at an all-time high, surpassing a 2012 record as investors look ahead to new products such as bigger-screen iPhones and a wristwatch-like device that may jump-start revenue growth More

Dollar Tree Raising Offer Means Playing to Lose: Dollar Tree Inc. may find it’s not worth it to keep pursuing one of its rivals More

Lowe's profit tops estimates; trims sales guidance Lowe's delivered earnings that topped the Street's expectations, but the retailer trimmed its outlook for full-year sales growth More

Home builder confidence surges despite slower sales After leaping decisively into positive territory in July, home builder sentiment pulled another surprise in August. A monthly index from the National Association of Home Builders measuring confidence among single-family home builders rose 2 points to 55; More


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