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Stock market news today, Sept. 30, 2014: U.S. stock market futures were on the rise this morning, ahead of data updates on consumer confidence and home prices, and a speech by Federal Reserve Gov. Jerome Powell.
On Monday, U.S. markets slipped again as investors renewed concerns about civil unrest in Hong Kong, where the Chinese government fired tear gas at pro-democracy protesters in one of the largest political crackdowns in China since the Tiananmen Square protests 25 years ago.
Hong Kong and China have had two different political and economic systems since the United Kingdom ceded control in 1997. However, China is now intensifying efforts to stifle pro-democracy advocacy in the region. The iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (ETF)