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  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- U.S. stocks opened with modest gains on Friday, putting major indexes on track for their fourth straight week of gains, though trading was light going into the Labor Day holiday.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:05 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    US consumer spending expected to slow in July, reflecting cooler weather and lower auto sales Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data Big Lots beats 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba Feds putting cigarette maker Reynolds American's $25 B takeover of Lorillard under microscope German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:04 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 8:04 AM ET

    US consumer spending expected to slow in July, reflecting cooler weather and lower auto sales Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data Big Lots beats 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba Feds putting cigarette maker Reynolds American's $25 B takeover of Lorillard under microscope German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 7:49 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 7:49 AM ET

    US consumer spending expected to slow in July, reflecting cooler weather and lower auto sales Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data Big Lots beats 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Fiat: preliminary tally of investors who want out indicates merger with Chrysler will happen

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 7:35 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 7:35 AM ET

    US consumer spending expected to slow in July, reflecting cooler weather and lower auto sales Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data Big Lots beats 2 Q profit expectations, meets revenue forecasts Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- U.S. stock index futures were modestly higher on Friday, suggesting the market's recent upswing was intact and pointing to a fourth straight week of gains for major indexes.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 7:24 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 7:24 AM ET

    US consumer spending expected to slow in July, reflecting cooler weather and lower auto sales Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 7 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

    US consumer spending expected to slow in July, reflecting cooler weather and lower auto sales Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:51 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    US consumer spending expected to slow in July, reflecting cooler weather and lower auto sales Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:37 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    US consumer spending expected to slow in July, reflecting cooler weather and lower auto sales Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:16 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:16 AM ET

    US consumer spending expected to slow in July, reflecting cooler weather and lower auto sales Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:12 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated Japan economy in doldrums, as incomes and spending languish

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 6:04 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Asian stocks drift, Nikkei stabilizes after weak economic data China's Baidu, Tencent, Wanda announce e-commerce venture in challenge to Alibaba German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated Japan economy in doldrums, as incomes and spending languish

  • Stocks end higher following strong run in August Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    For most of August, stocks have managed to shake off geopolitical conflicts from Ukraine to Gaza and Iraq. "The market has a good underlying tone," said Mike Levine, portfolio manager of Oppenheimer Equity Income Fund. Even in a quiet day of trading ahead of the Labor Day holiday, stocks eked out a gain.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:29 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:29 AM ET

    German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act Japan economy in doldrums, as incomes and spending languish Ecuador's' digital currency' plans raises questions over future, dilution of dollar Japan's Nikkei leads Asian stock declines after weak economic data

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:23 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:23 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act Japan economy in doldrums, as incomes and spending languish Ecuador's' digital currency' plans raises questions over future, dilution of dollar Japan's Nikkei leads Asian stock declines after weak economic data Abercrombie dumps logo on clothes as teen retailer adapts to their customers' changing tastes

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:17 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:17 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Tesla, state-owned Chinese phone carrier announce plans for 400 charging stations Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act Japan economy in doldrums, as incomes and spending languish Ecuador's' digital currency' plans raises questions over future, dilution of dollar Japan's Nikkei leads Asian stock declines after weak economic data Abercrombie dumps logo on clothes as teen retailer adapts to their customers' changing tastes

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:12 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:12 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated Japan economy in doldrums, as incomes and spending languish German fears of economic impact of Ukraine crisis growing, but Merkel's support strong Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act Ecuador's' digital currency' plans raises questions over future, dilution of dollar Japan's Nikkei leads Asian stock declines after weak economic data Abercrombie dumps logo on clothes as teen retailer adapts to their customers' changing tastes

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5:03 a.m. EDT Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    Malaysia Airlines to shed 6,000 staff as part of overhaul plan after disasters Fed Chair Yellen's assets rose 8 pct. during 2013 to between $5.3 million and $14.1 million Apple expected to unveil iPhone with bigger screen, possible smartwatch at Sept. 9 event US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated Japan economy in doldrums, as incomes and spending languish Inflation falls to 0.3 percent in countries that use euro; pressure is on central bank to act Ecuador's' digital currency' plans raises questions over future, dilution of dollar Japan's Nikkei leads Asian stock declines after weak economic data Abercrombie dumps logo on clothes as teen retailer adapts to their customers' changing tastes Workers cheer return of former CEO amid settlement in New England supermarket chain feud

  • Europe shares inch; Tesco sinks after warning Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.3 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.5 pct. PARIS, Aug 29- European shares rose in early trade on Friday, recovering some of the ground lost in the previous session as investors awaited inflation figures that may shed light on the European Central Bank's next policy move.