Kansas City Fed President Esther George disagrees with the U.S. central bank's move to cut rates last month as the economy is still strong.Investingread more
Experts believe a wider spat with Europe would be much more damaging than the current tit-for-tat with China.Traderead more
After the Fed released minutes of its last meeting, the bond market signaled it fears the Fed will not be aggressive enough with its rate cutting.Market Insiderread more
The Fed minutes also note that "a couple" members wanted a 50 basis point cut, based primarily on the weak inflation readings.The Fedread more
Markets pay particular attention to Italy's spending, given its public debt pile. This stands at above 130% of its growth rate, one of the highest in the world.Politicsread more
Software stocks are the place to be in tech as the sector mounts a recovery from its recent pullback, some analysts say.Trading Nationread more
Office phones, printers, building control systems and more — these may not sound like computers but they can all be hacked according to cybersecurity pros.Technologyread more
Flight bookings to Hong Kong have fallen 10%, hit by the unrest in the city, said Alan Joyce, the chief executive of Australian carrier Qantas Airways.Airlinesread more
South Korea will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid an intensifying dispute over history and trade, South Korea's presidential office said on Thursday.Asia Politicsread more
Analysts generally doubt how effective the People Bank of China's latest interest rate announcement will be in significantly helping businesses grow.China Economyread more
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he will challenge Republican incumbent Cory Gardner for his Senate seat.Politicsread more
Check out which companies are making headlines before the bell:
Hasbro – The toymaker earned an adjusted $2.09 per share for its latest quarter, 15 cents a share above estimates. Revenue also beat forecasts. Hasbro's results were helped by strong demand for My Little Pony and Transformers toys.
Halliburton – The oilfield services company beat forecast by five cents a share, with quarterly profit of 42 cents per share. Revenue also topped expectations. The company said its North American business is strong and that international operations are performing well in a challenging environment.
Roku – The maker of video streaming devices was rated "buy" in new coverage at Needham, calling it a pure play on the growth of "over the top" video.
VF Corp. – The maker of Timberland, North Face, and other branded apparel beat forecasts on both the top and bottom lines, raised its full-year forecast, and increased its dividend by 10 percent.
General Electric – The stock was downgraded to "neutral" from "buy" at UBS, which cited disappointing third-quarter earnings, the company's forecast, and the risk that GE might cut its dividend.
AstraZeneca – The drugmaker received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a new formulation for its type-2 diabetes treatment Bydureon.
JPMorgan Chase – The bank is launching a new smartphone app today that will offer its first ever online bank accounts. The app is called "Finn by Chase" and lets consumers open a bank account, make payments, and set up savings.
Apple – Apple and contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn will hold a meeting of executives to discuss production problems with the new iPhone X, according to published reports in Japan.
Tesla — Tesla reached a deal to set up a manufacturing plant in Shanghai without a local partner, according to The Wall Street Journal. Separately, the automaker announced it has increased its borrowing capacity for its car lease program to $1.1 billion from the prior $600 million.
ServiceNow – ServiceNow was upgraded to "overweight" from "neutral" at Piper Jaffray, which made the call following channel checks and conversations with various companies in the human resources software industry.
Rio Tinto – Rio Tinto was downgraded to "sector perform" from "market perform" at RBC Capital, which cited the mining company's exposure to commodity volatility.
Royal Philips – Royal Philips reported slightly better than expected earnings for its latest quarter, although both sales and profits were down from a year earlier, and the Dutch technology company reaffirmed its full-year forecast.