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  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose 2.6 percent to $33.51 with 37,104,300 shares traded. Alcoa Inc. rose 4.9 percent to $15.78 with 28,998,100 shares traded.

  • Dow industrials have their best day in three years Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:47 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest surge in three years Thursday, its second straight triple-digit gain following the Federal Reserve's reassurance that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates. Bullish earnings from technology giant Oracle also drove the rally, which has helped stocks erase an early-December slump.

  • US stocks move higher, building on Fed gains Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market is moving sharply higher, building on gains from the day before after the Federal Reserve indicated it was in no rush to raise interest rates. Oracle led a rally in technology shares in midday trading Thursday after the business software maker reported earnings that were better than expected. The Dow Jones industrial average rose...

  • Early Glance: Construction companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Fluor rose $1.49 or 2.6 percent, to $59.44. Quanta Services Inc. rose$. 92 or 3.5 percent, to $27.55.

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 74 or. 5 percent, to $140.07. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 66 or. 8 percent, to $84.89.

  • Early Glance: Telecom companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies are up at 10 a.m.:. AT&T Inc. rose$. 47 or 1.4 percent, to $33.14. Verizon Communications Inc. rose$. 62 or 1.3 percent, to $47.06.

  • Early Glance: Drug Benefits companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top drug benefits companies are up at 10 a.m.:. CVSCaremark rose$. 53 or. 6 percent, to $94.70. Express Scripts Holding Co. rose$. 27 or. 3 percent, to $80.21.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 25 or 2.3 percent, to $11.01. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 29 or 1.6 percent, to $18.79.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose $1.13 or 2.5 percent, to $45.68. DuPont Co. rose $1.05 or 1.5 percent, to $71.31.

  • UPDATE 1-ConAgra Foods quarterly sales miss estimates Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 AM ET

    Dec 18- ConAgra Foods Inc reported quarterly sales that missed estimates due to weak demand for branded foods and said recovery in its under-performing private-label business would take longer than expected. Shares of the company, whose brands include Chef Boyardee and Healthy Choice, fell 1.2 percent to $36.66 in premarket trading on Wednesday.

  • LONDON/ HELSINKI, Dec 18- Two of Europe's top three remaining telecommunications equipment companies, Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent, have revived talks on a possible merger, Germany's Manager Magazin reported on Thursday, citing company sources. Shares in Alcatel rose 8 percent following the report. Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia have held on-again,...

  • Final Glance: Drug Benefits companies Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top drug benefits companies were up at the close of trading:. CVSCaremark rose $1.86 or 2.0 percent, to $94.17. Express Scripts Holding Co. rose$. 49 or. 6 percent, to $79.94.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose $1.84 or 4.3 percent, to $44.55. DuPont Co. rose $1.64 or 2.4 percent, to $70.26.

  • Final Glance: Construction companies Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies were up at the close of trading:. Fluor rose $1.66 or 2.9 percent, to $57.95. Quanta Services Inc. rose $1.10 or 4.3 percent, to $26.63.

  • Final Glance: Telecom companies Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies were up at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose$. 53 or 1.6 percent, to $32.67. Verizon Communications Inc. rose$. 91 or 2.0 percent, to $46.44.

  • Stocks with exposure to Cuba rise sharply Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A batch of stocks with exposure to Cuba rose sharply Wednesday after President Obama moved to restore diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Caribbean island after more than 50 years of hostility. The closed-end mutual fund, with the stock ticker " CUBA," owns several companies with exposure to Cuba, including Copa Holdings and Royal Caribbean.

  • Dec 17- Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc said its antibiotic to treat complicated intra-abdominal infections was as effective as Merck& co Inc's ertapenem in a late-stage study. Tetraphase is also testing the drug against Johnson& Johnson's levofloxacin to treat complicated urinary tract infections in another late-stage study, the results of which are...

  • MGM Resorts and FedEx are big market movers Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. MGM Resorts International, down 84 cents to $18.01. FedEx Corp., down $6.48 to $167.78.

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 65 or. 5 percent, to $137.96. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 31 or. 4 percent, to $83.27.

  • Midday Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 33 or 3.2 percent, to $10.65. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 51 or 2.8 percent, to $18.29.