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wallstreet-040912_30Sep14.jpg Trading in the U.S. index futures suggests that Wall Street stocks may open Tuesday's session higher following yesterday's retreat. Earlier in the global trading day, Asian stocks closed mixed amid continuing turmoil in Hong Kong and mixed data from the region, while the European markets are also trading...

RBS-093014.jpg Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc. (RBS, RBS.L) Tuesday said it now expects lower impairments for fiscal year 2014, than the previously anticipated 1 billion pounds. The company cited continued improvement in economic conditions and asset prices in its key markets, including Ireland. The stock added 4 percent in early morning trading.

Wolseleyplc-093014.jpg Plumbing and heating products distributor Wolseley Plc. reported Tuesday a surge in fiscal 2014 profit, benefited by the absence of a prior year charge as well as growth in revenues from ongoing businesses. The company also announced higher dividend for the year, as well as a 250 million pounds share buyback programme.

UKHousePrice-093014.jpg U.K. house prices unexpectedly declined in September after rising for sixteen straight months amid signs that demand may be starting to ease, the results of a survey by the Nationwide Building Society showed Tuesday. The house price index dropped 0.2 percent from August, when it climbed 0.8 percent....

Asian-Market-100912_30Sep14.jpg The major European markets are likely to open on a mixed note Tuesday amid concerns over sluggish economic growth in China. A private gauge of activity in China's manufacturing sector showed sluggish growth for a second straight month in September, indicating that the world's second-largest economy...

Biotechnology-093014.jpg AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. (AMAG) rose more than 28% to close at a 4-year high of $29.72 on Monday after the company announced that it is acquiring privately held Lumara Health Inc. in a deal valued at about $1.025 billion.

wallstreet1-103112_29Sep14.jpg After moving sharply lower at the open, stocks showed a substantial recovery attempt over the course of the trading day on Monday. The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 bounced well off the one-month intraday lows set in early trading but still closed in the red.

Oil-041812_29Sep14.jpg U.S. crude oil ended sharply higher for a second straight session on Monday, after data from the U.S. showed consumer spending to have risen more than expected in August. Prices also found support over the upcoming temporary refinery closures to prepare for the winter. Prices were also under pressure...

USsoldiers-092914.jpg While most Americans oppose sending ground troops into combat operations against the terrorist group known as ISIS, the results of a CNN/ORC International poll found that an even larger majority think the American military will still end up putting boots on the ground.

Goldbars2-022513_29Sep14.jpg Gold futures ended higher Monday, on safe haven demand after the dollar trended lower on some mixed economic data from the U.S. with pending home sales pulling back more than expected in August. Investors digested a mixed batch of U.S. economic data including a report showing consumer spending to...

Wallstreet4-111212_29Sep14.jpg Stocks have shown a notable recovery since coming under pressure at the open, but the markets continue to see modest weakness in mid-day trading on Monday. The rebound came after the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 hit their worst intraday levels in over a month.

Seanhaugh-092914.jpg With incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Republican challenger Thom Tillis running nearly neck-and-neck in the North Carolina Senate race, the results of a new CNN/ORC International survey suggest that the race could be decided by the number of votes for Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh.

Wallstreet3-111212_29Sep14.jpg After moving sharply lower at the open, stocks have regained some ground over the course of early trading on Monday. The major averages have climbed well off their lows for the young session but remain stuck in negative territory.

USPendingHomeSales-092914.jpg Pending home sales in the U.S. pulled back by much more than expected in the month of August, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on Monday.

PersonalIncome-092914.jpg Personal spending in the U.S. rose by slightly more than expected in the month of August, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Monday. The report said personal spending increased by 0.5 percent in August, while revised data showed that spending was unchanged in July.