US home-builder confidence in the market for single family homes rose in May despite increasing building materials costs, an index showed on Wednesday.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has eliminated its holdings of two stocks: Archer Daniels Midland and General Dynamics.
Cisco shares jumped after the firm beat on earnings, citing signs of improvement. "I am a little surprised," one trader said, as it was a tough quarter for other networking firms.
Wal-Mart Stores's quarterly profit just missed Wall Street expectations on Thursday, with sales down 1.4 percent at its Walmart U.S. stores open at least a year.
President Obama said IRS conduct targeting conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny was "inexcusable" and that acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller is out.
The Shanghai Composite rallied over 1 percent on Thursday as investors cheered news of easing regulations while Japan's Nikkei index closed off its five-and-a-half year peak after data showed that capital spending fell for a fifth straight month.
Japan's economy grew at a faster than expected pace in the first quarter, led by robust private consumption and a rebound in exports on the back of the government's radical policies to reflate the economy.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Stocks regained their footing in choppy trading Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 closing at a fresh high, but a sharp decline in Apple kept a lid on the Nasdaq's gains.
Factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region contracted in May as new orders fell to their lowest level in almost a year, a survey showed on Thursday.
Tesla announced plans to offer another 2.7 million shares and said CEO Elon Musk will buy another $100 million worth of Tesla stock. Shares shot up after-hours.
Hedge fund titan David Tepper said he's still bullish on stocks and investors shouldn't worry about the Fed tapering its massive bond-buying program.
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Google has reportedly signed licensing deals with Universal Music and Sony Music to launch a subscription music service that would compete with fast-growing start-up Spotify.
The special committee of Dell board of directors is seeking more details on Carl Icahn's proposed offer for the computer maker.
The euro zone's economy contracted for the sixth straight quarter at the start of this year, marking its longest recession on records dating back to 1995.
European shares were higher in early afternoon trade on Wednesday despite preliminary growth data from the euro zone missing estimates.
Big investors are reporting their quarterly holdings, offering a glimpse into what some of the big fish were buying and selling during the first quarter.
European shares closed lower on Monday, having pared losses after retail sales data in the U.S. came in better-than-expected. However, shares remained near the five-year highs hit in last week's global rally.