If not for the Fed's cheap money, spending cuts likely would be having a larger impact on economic growth, hiring, business spending and consumer sentiment. NBC News.
Sprint Nextel, an acquisition target of both Japan's SoftBank and Dish Network, posted a smaller than expected quarterly loss, even as it saw steep customer losses from the Nextel network it is shutting down.
Ford reported quarterly earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' expectations on Wednesday, with new cars helping to boost sales.
Procter & Gamble reported quarterly earnings that beat analysts' expectations on Wednesday, but its profit outlook for the current quarter fell short of Wall Street's expectations.
Millions of people who can't find a full-time job are taking anything that pays them under the table, and in turn are helping to boost consumption, say analysts.
Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods recorded their biggest drop in seven months and a gauge of planned business spending rose modestly, adding to signs of a slowdown.
A 20-month-old program at the Securities and Exchange Commission has had big successes, but it faces challenges.
In a move that would capitalize on provisions under President Barack Obama's health care law, Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way to pass a large chunk of their health care expenses along to Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Mint said it has suspended sales of its one-tenth ounce American Eagle gold bullion coins as surging demand after bullion's plunge to two-year lows depleted inventory.
Apple's disappointing forward guidance spells trouble for its Asian suppliers, analysts say.
A news agency tweet, that turned out to be fake about explosions at the White House injuring President Obama, sent markets on a round trip roller coaster ride.
Apple shares turned lower in the after-hours after earnings beat and the firm doubled the amount of cash it will return to shareholders. But its outlook fell short.
AT&T reported a decline in revenue, but added more wireless subscribers than expected, driven by sales of tablet computers with cellular connections. Shares fell after-hours.
Yum Brands beat on earnings, while revenue was just shy of forecasts. Shares rose after-hours.
In the days since last Monday's bombings, sales have slowed to a trickle at some stores and businesses in the area around the bombings. And that's money some won't likely recoup.
Steve Jobs' death, competition from Samsung, and failure to innovate have been blamed for Apple's stock plunge. The real reason may be much less obvious.
College-educated Millennials have a slightly different set of expectations about the workplace, and employers need to make changes or risk losing the best new workers. NBC News reports.
Max Baucus, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, will not seek re-election to a seventh term next year, according to a Democratic aide.
Rivers including the Mississippi and Illinois are expected to remain in "major flood stage" through this weekend, as more rain and snow fell on much of the Midwest. NBC News reports.
In at least a roundabout way, Apple's precipitous and rapid fall has been the stock market's gain.