Author: Ashley Jessen
Energy and Material stocks were under pressure today as commodity prices weakened in overnight trading, providing the divergence yet again between our mining and finance stocks, which laid the foundation for a fairly lacklustre trading session with our Aussie 200 index trading in a narrow 20 point range. In overnight trading both the European and US markets were mixed and the Aussie Dollar managed a push higher thanks to better than expected CAPEX numbers.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
A week after Pie Face collapsed, the fast food chain started closing stores in NSW and Victoria.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Researchers announced they are one step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Australia is likely to build a record number of new homes in 2014, with that intensity expected to continue into next year.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
The American Red Cross will start accepting bitcoin donations through a partnership with payment processor BitPay.

 Author: Staff Reporter
UnitingCare Queensland chief executive Anne Cross has received the 20th annual Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year award.

 Author: Staff Reporter
The cricket community is mourning as cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away this afternoon. Hughes was in critical condition after being hit on the head with a ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

 Author: Ashley Jessen
Falling commodity prices and flat US markets provided no roadblock for the bulls to find buying opportunities across the ASX today with all sectors managing to trade in the black, pushing our Aussie 200 index up a handy 61.4 points. Germany’s Dax index managed to rise off average growth reports yet the US markets were flat despite beating analysts’ expectations of 3.5% GDP, hitting 3.9% for the third quarter.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Apple can become a USD1 trillion company.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
Facebook has launched its new standalone app Rooms in Australia.

 Author: Gabriela Motroc
There is a clear difference between businesspeople and entrepreneurs; while those in the first category take pride in being cold-blooded negotiators adept at counting money, the people in the second category are motivated not necessarily by the smell of money, but by the journey of creating an empire and growing together with mentors, investors and clients.

 Author: Staff Reporter
People are usually their own greatest enemies and ultimately responsible for their own successes and failures. Their perception dictates their actions and their actions inevitably dictate the results, so negative thinking can only send people into a downward emotional spiral.

 Author: Staff Reporter
Sleeping with a partner in the same bed provides not only emotional benefits, but also an array of health perks. Collective research by The Wall Street Journal’s Andrea Petersen shows that cuddling does have an underlying benefit.

 Author: Ashley Jessen
Medibank Private debuted on the Australia Stock Exchange today, providing a seven per cent boost to the original public offering, but was unable to hold on to the intraday highs, much like the Aussie 200 index which close the day down 27 points, despite the repeated record highs on the US bourses overnight. The Materials sector was the worst hit, falling 1.7 per cent, giving back some of the impressive gains from Monday’s trading.