U.S. stock futures index are down fractionally, Asia closed flat and European Markets are deeply in the red. WTI oil is also trending down in what continues to be a rocky period for markets ahead of a closely watched U.S. interest-rate decision next week. Markets are expected to open lower, but near the unchanged line.
Here is the current market situation from CNN Money
European markets are lower today with shares in France off the most. The CAC 40 is down 0.75% while Germany's DAX is off 0.58% and London's FTSE 100 is lower by 0.32%.
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According to the People's Bank of China (PBOC), its foreign currency reserves shrunk by $93.9 billion to $3.56 trillion in August, the largest single monthly drop in absolute terms, and the biggest fall on a percentage basis since May 2012.
-- this post authored by Anish Nagpal, University of Melbourne and Kristijan Causovski, University of Melbourne
Fast food giant McDonald's has been under a cloud in recent years as its US customers turn to alternatives. In this "Fast food reinvented" series we explore what the sector is doing to keep customers hooked and sales rising.
-- this post authored by Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent
Just because you may not have seen a drone overhead doesn't mean it hasn't seen you. And, as was demonstrated by the killing of two British jihadis in Syria recently, these unmanned aerial vehicles are increasingly deployed by the West as frontline weapons of war.
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