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The former Goldman Sachs bond trader known as "Fabulous Fab" was found liable on six of seven counts of defrauding investors in a mortgage securities fraud case brought by the SEC.
Activist investor Carl Icahn filed a lawsuit on Thursday to try to block Dell from setting a new record date ahead of a crucial shareholders' vote.
Procter & Gamble posts earnings of 79 cents a share vs. 77 cents estimate.
The pace of growth in the US manufacturing sector accelerated in July. A separate report showed that US construction spending unexpectedly fell in June.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Thursday repeated interest rates would remain at present or lower levels for an extended period of time, a move the bank hopes will support a recovery in the euro zone later this year and in 2014.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits touched a 5-1/2 year low, suggesting a steadily improving labor market.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Time Warner Cable reported revenue below analysts' estimates as it added less than half the number of subscribers for high-speed data services that analysts had expected.
Planned layoffs at U.S. firms fell modestly in July, though the healthcare and defense sectors saw the biggest job cuts, a report on Thursday showed.
The Bank of England opted to maintain its main interest rate at 0.5 percent and keep its asset purchase program on hold, but did not issue a statement about future policy following the decision.
Euro zone manufacturing activity grew for the first time in two years in July, figures released on Thursday showed.
Asian stocks rallied on Thursday as investors breathed a sigh of relief that Chinese manufacturing activity didn't fall below market expectations in July.
Royal Dutch Shell reported a 20 percent drop in second-quarter earnings on Thursday as higher costs, exploration charges, exchange rate effects and challenges in Nigeria took their toll.
China's manufacturing sector managed to stay in expansionary phase in July, according to official government data on Thursday, defying forecasts of a contraction.
The House passed the student-loan bill, which links student-loan rates to the 10-year Treasury. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.
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Stocks wrapped up the final trading day of the month on a flat note, but still logged their best July since 2010, as the Federal Reserve said it will maintain its bond-buying policy in its ongoing effort to bolster the economy.
Goldman Sachs said Wednesday that it will make some changes to its commodities warehousing business to assuage concerns that the warehouses are limiting aluminum supplies.
Interest rates will hold near zero and the Federal Reserve will continue buying $85 billion in bonds every month while the economy continues to improve at a "modest" pace.
The timing of the decision by Comcast to buyout the rest of NBCUniversal "looks great," Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts told CNBC.