The National Retail Federation estimates holiday sales will be up 4.1 percent this year, compared with a 3.1-percent increase last year.» Read More
Stocks pop then drop as markets call Saudi Arabia's bluff when it says it's going to raise oil prices.
About 75 percent of the S&P 500 has reported, and Q3 earnings growth is likely to hit 10 percent, but companies are revising down Q4 and 2015 earnings estimates.
Shareholders associated with the Blackstone Group are set to launch a massive secondary offering of Hilton Worldwide stock, the company said.
The U.K. is taking steps to widen its Islamic finance market, boosting its industry credentials as competition intensifies among global financial centers.
Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund announced it will put half its assets in stocks and cut its holdings of government bonds, boosting global markets.
The NYSE's Securities Information Processor (SIP), which consolidates quote and trade data for NYSE-listed stocks, went down Thursday.
Stocks are up despite weak market internals. Much of the Dow's gain is due to Visa and utilities are leading the S&P 500.
The Federal Reserve upgraded its outlook for the U.S. economy, but business and real estate investment and personal consumption dropped.
Oil companies are shying away from commenting on outlook as crude oil falls to multi-year lows; however, analysts are slashing estimates.
Traders are talking market statistics ahead of the FOMC statement, while oil companies and investors appear unconcerned by falling prices.
Stocks are rallying, as they usually do, before the Fed releases a policy statement tomorrow.
A number of companies are improving their outlooks for the future, but the retail sector remains cause for concern amid a shift in consumer habits.
Companies have yet to cut oil output even with prices at a two-year low; however, that could change in 2015 if supply grows and demand slips.
Oil dropped below $80 per barrel on Monday morning, and falling prices could impact job growth in the shale industry.
Oil companies have yet to cut production and capital expenditures amid low oil prices. But if oil drops furthers, that could change.
Good earnings and improving economic data are causing money to pile into the U.S. stock market.
While lower oil prices contributed to a 21 percent slump in Occidental Petroleum's third-quarter profit, they have bolstered airline company earnings.
Europe's "somewhat concerning" weakening economy is pushing Norsk Hydro to focus on the potential of the U.S. and China, the company's CFO told CNBC.
Oil is skidding amid oversupply and concerns about slowing growth and deflation. That's pressuring the stock market.
Companies are maintaining guidance for the fourth quarter, easing concerns that slower global growth will hit Q4 earnings.