A South Korean special prosecutor will seek an arrest warrant for Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee for charges including bribery.
Broader changes are coming to Sony's company's structure, the company said on Friday.
Stocks closed mostly higher, boosted by strong quarterly earnings from banks, while investors also digested several pieces of economic data.
U.S. House Republicans on Friday won passage of a measure starting the process of dismantling Obamacare.
Oil prices fell on lingering doubts over the extent of OPEC cuts, with sentiment worsened by concerns over the economic health of China.
The Justice Department says it will face three years of oversight by independent monitors as part of the plea agreement, Reuters reported.
Chinese President Xi Jinping warns that populist approaches can lead to war and poverty.
The U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday that a grand jury has indicted 3 former Takata executives over air bag recalls.
The better-than-expected results come despite a slew of disappointing results from traditional retailers.
Economist expected the Index of Consumer Sentiment to hit 98.5, according to Thomson Reuters.
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Americans stepped up their auto buying and holiday shopping in December, reflecting a boost in confidence after the election and a solid increase in hourly pay.
Record credit card sales helped move JPMorgan Chase's quarterly earnings well past analysts' expectations.
Wells Fargo posts fourth-quarter earnings that missed on the top and bottom lines.
Fink tells CNBC he could paint a bullish scenario or a more cautious one for stocks based on the execution of Trump's policies.
Bank of America said it expects a "significant increase" in net interest income for the current quarter.
China's exports slumped more than expected in December while the growth in imports also cooled, official data showed Friday.
Nintendo's Switch gaming system will be available globally in March and priced at $300.
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The Obama administration is ending the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas.