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Europe holds nerve as Russia-Ukraine warnings ratchet up
European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia's conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control on Monday, as investors focused on the European Central Bank's meeting this week and hopes it will strengthen its stimulus plans. "Naturally, developments between Russia and the Ukraine will be in the cross sights. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned at the weekend that a "full-scale war" was imminent if Russian troops continued to advance in support of pro-Moscow rebels and U.S. Moscow appeared in no mood to back down however.
Central European PMIs point to slowdown as sanctions hit...
Polish manufacturing activity shrank for a second straight month in August and Czech expansion slowed more than expected, adding to signs weaker euro zone economies and crisis in Ukraine are cooling growth in the EU's east. Economies in central Europe have rebounded strongly from a sharp slowdown or even contraction in the past year but are starting to slow, and analysts expect that to continue for the rest of the year even while a longer-term recovery stays on track. Hungary's seasonally-adjusted PMI, calculated using a different methodology, dropped to 51 from 56.6. Central Europe's economies, which share trade links with Russia, are only just beginning to feel the impact of tit-for-tat sanctions between the European Union and Russia over pro-Moscow separatists fighting in Ukraine.
Twenty years on, Schaeuble pleads again for core Europe
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble renewed a call for a core group of European Union countries to move ahead faster with economic and political integration, 20 years after his ground-breaking proposal fell on deaf ears in key partner France. In an article published in the Financial Times on Monday, Schaeuble proposed creating an EU commissioner with the power to reject national budgets that breach the bloc's fiscal rules, and establishing an inner-core parliament for the euro zone. "In order to make progress in all of these areas, we should keep using the approach that proved its mettle back in 1994: to establish cores of co-operation within the EU that enable smaller, willing groups of member states to forge ahead," Schaeuble wrote in the article, co-authored by fellow German Christian Democrat Karl Lamers. They acknowledged that many EU countries remain reticent about closer political union that would involve transferring more sovereignty to Europe.
Can auto and back-to-school sales carry the economy?
This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, which means the warm, lazy days of August are over (though the S&P crossing 2,000 and economic growth of 4.2% hardly warrant the use of ‘lazy’). It’s time to breathe some fresh autumn air into your portfolio and Yahoo Finance’s Aaron Task, Jeff Macke and Rick Newman are here to preview some of what you should be looking out for in order to do it.
What to know before taking out a peer-to-peer loan
From Lending Club to Prosper, here's how the peer-to-peer (P2P) lending business works .
Searching for the next Apple? Citi says look East
Investors who missed out on Apple's turnaround should eye Japan and Korea's low-valued, "cash-hoarding" companies, according to analysts at Citi.
Oracle loses bid to restore $1.3 bln SAP verdict, could...
Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said jurors used "an undue amount of speculation" in awarding $1.3 billion in damages in 2010. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, had erred in concluding that Oracle deserved only $272 million of damages, a sum Oracle rejected. Writing for a three-judge 9th Circuit panel, Judge William Fletcher directed Hamilton to offer Oracle a choice of $356.7 million of damages or a second trial.
Hershey takes wraps off new corporate logo
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Company is rolling out a new corporate logo that features a freshly stylized version of one of its most famous chocolate products.
How a 15-Year-Old Investor Beat the Market
When her 15-year-old son Michael Finn-Henry set out to invest, it was with modest objectives. “I wanted to understand how the stock market works, because that seems to be where a lot of adults end up making money,” he says.
Amazon and Google face off — in the sky
Google has joined a small, but growing, number of companies that are developing a drone delivery system. Commercial drones are still illegal in the U.S. which is why companies are testing them elsewhere and lobbying Congress and the FAA to change the rules.
Real stock correction going to blindside us: Pro
But if the stock market finishes this month with another advance, TJM's Jim Iuorio tells CNBC he's ready to throw in the towel on his correction call for now.
Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its logos
Abercrombie & Fitch Co is taking its logos off its clothing as company's preppy t-shirts and sweatshirts have fallen out of favor with students who are more inclined to spend their allowances on cheaper and trendier clothes offered by chains such as Forever 21, Inditex's Zara and H&M.
Summer surge for apt. stocks: Are they overheated?
So far this year apartment REITs are up 29 percent, more than triple the S&P 500. But is a bubble looming?
How Shiller is signaling 'significant upside' for S&P
One research firm has detailed how Yale professor Robert Shiller's own economic indicator could actually be signaling a strong period ahead for equities.
Online banking or shopping: What's more secure?
In light of this week's reports that banks were hacked, a cybersecurity expert rates the best and worst industries at protecting your online data.