Gap that a key revenue metric rose 3 percent for the holiday period, as surging sales at its Old Navy chain offset sluggish business at Gap.
Accenture raised its revenue forecast for fiscal 2015 after contract wins helped it post better-than-expected first-quarter earnings and revenue.
South Korea looks like the consolation prize as Japan's $15 billion casino dream fades.
Caesars Entertainment proposed a restructure plan that would the debt of its largest unit into a real estate investment trust.
Lloyds will next week announce plans to cut 9,000 jobs over the next three years, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
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Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) said its full-year cash profit grew about 12 percent on strong growth in loans and lower bad debt provisions.
Brent crude extended losses for a third straight session, as tensions in Iraq were not expected to threaten the OPEC producer's output.
Samsung Electronics appears to be losing its shine for investors, with one long-time bull slashing his price target on the stock.
Standard Chartered will soon begin sifting through a mountain of data for signs of possible money laundering or other criminal activity.
Soaring prices underscore the inflation risk in India, which remains a headache for policymakers who will release data on consumer prices this week.
Shares of MAS rose after Khazanah Nasional said it will offer 27 sen for each share, amounting to nearly 1.4 billion ringgit ($435 million).
China appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States as Southeast Asian nations declined Washington's proposal for a freeze on provocative acts.
Chinese banks are cutting off riskier borrowers, tightening lending terms, and deploying teams of investigators to assess the risk of loan defaults.
The yen came under pressure from Japan's plans to increase its pension allocation to the domestic stock market.
Samsung Electronics is under pressure to reinvent itself - to be more innovative, but not lose the rigor and focus that made it a global powerhouse.
Some of Wednesday's midday movers:
Stock futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street after data had the economy growing 4 percent in the second quarter.
A crush of big cap earnings and arguably the most important economic reports until September make next week the busiest of the summer for markets.
Malaysian Airlines said MH370 pushed it to its worst quarter in over two years, hit by a drop in passenger traffic and a slump in China sales.