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  • Nov 19- Target Corp, the fourth-largest U.S. retailer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as U.S. same-store increased for the first time in four quarters. Target shares rose 3.4 percent to $67.78 premarket. The forecast includes a pre-tax expense of $13 million, or 1 cent per share, related to the conversion of Target's payment cards to MasterCard...

  • European shares advance, Swiss index hits 9,000 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 share index climbed to a seven-week high on Wednesday, helped by broker upgrades, and Switzerland's SMI equity index hit the 9,000 mark for the first time since late 2007.. Prudential rose 1.3 percent after Deutsche Bank increased its target price for the stock to 1,680 pence from 1,630 pence, Severn Trent was up...

  • European shares edge higher, Swiss index hits 7-year high Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- European shares turned positive in morning trading on Wednesday, helped by some encouraging broker upgrades, with Switzerland's SMI equity index hitting the 9,000- point mark for the first time since late 2007.. Prudential rose 1.1 percent to lead insurers after Deutsche Bank increased its target price for the stock to 1,680 pence from 1,630...

  • Sinkhole found near Uralkali mine in Russia, shares down Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    *Uralkali declines to say on how long the mine may be offline. YEKATERINBURG/ MOSCOW, Nov 19- A sinkhole has been found near Uralkali's Solikamsk-2 potash mine in Russia's Perm region, which suspended work a day ago after a water inflow, driving the company's shares down for a second day. A water inflow and resulting sinkhole in 2006 shut another Uralkali mine in the...

  • European shares slip; Areva sinks after dropping targets Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 19- European shares inched lower in early trade on Wednesday, with mining shares dragged by a sharp fall in iron ore prices and nuclear group Areva sinking after it dropped its financial targets. Shares in France's Areva tumbled 19 percent after it suspended its 2015 and 2016 financial targets, blaming delays to a Finnish nuclear project, the slow...

  • *Nikkei erases gains, Asia shares hit by weak commodity prices. TOKYO, Nov 19- Japanese shares gave up early gains on Wednesday as investors booked profits after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delayed a tax hike and said he would call a snap election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies. Japan's Nikkei erased earlier gains to stand flat by midday, showing...

  • Netflix expanding to Australia, New Zealand Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:08 PM ET

    LOS GATOS, Calif.— Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March. In the most recent quarter, subscriber growth fell short of company forecasts because of a price increase in the U.S., and Netflix is dealing with tougher competition from Amazon and Hulu. Shares of Netflix Inc. fell 11 cents to close at $381.03 Tuesday.

  • Final Glance: Telecom companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies were down at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. fell$. 13 or. 4 percent, to $35.72. Verizon Communications Inc. fell$. 18 or. 4 percent, to $51.22.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 95 or 1.9 percent, to $52.07. DuPont Co. rose$. 69 or 1.0 percent, to $71.16.

  • Nokia and Urban Outfitters are big market movers Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. SunEdison Inc., up $4.87 to $21.48. Medtronic Inc., up $3.28 to $72.47.

  • Actavis Plc, Gilead Sciences, Celgene and other biotech names were among the S&P 500' s biggest drivers, a day after Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis. The S&P health care index was up 1.6 percent, while shares of Actavis were up 8.3 percent, Gilead's rose 3.3 percent and shares of Celgene were up 2.4 percent. Helping Actavis were bullish analyst notes.

  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 hits record, healthcare leads gains Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    Actavis Plc, Gilead, Celgene and other biotech names were among the S&P 500' s biggest drivers, a day after Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis. The S&P health care index was up 1.4 percent, while shares of Actavis were up 7.7 percent, Gilead's rose 2.9 percent and shares of Celgene were up 2.4 percent. Helping Actavis were bullish analyst notes.

  • Midday Glance: Telecom companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies are down at 1 p.m.:. AT&T Inc. fell$. 12 or. 3 percent, to $35.73. Verizon Communications Inc. fell$. 14 or. 3 percent, to $51.26.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    Apple Inc. rose 1.3 percent to $115.47 with 41,708,500 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. rose. 5 percent to $26.59 with 26,839,200 shares traded. Dendreon Corp. fell 13.6 percent to$. 13 with 20,747,200 shares traded.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. Baker Hughes Inc. fell 2.6 percent to $63.55 with 25,819,700 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. rose. 3 percent to $17.14 with 38,549,700 shares traded.

  • Midday Glance: Big-box Retail companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 42 or. 3 percent, to $138.89. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $83.65.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 53 or 1.0 percent, to $51.65. DuPont Co. rose$. 71 or 1.0 percent, to $71.18.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 19 or. 4 percent, to $50.93. DuPont Co. rose$. 40 or. 6 percent, to $70.87.

  • Early Glance: Construction companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Foster Wheeler rose$. 26 or. 8 percent, to $31.13. Quanta Services Inc. rose$. 33 or 1.0 percent, to $33.50.

  • Early Glance: Big-box Retail companies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top big-box retail companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Costco Wholesale Corp. rose$. 34 or. 2 percent, to $138.81. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose$. 24 or. 3 percent, to $83.81.