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PepsiCo on Thursday reported a higher quarterly profit, lifted by sales gains in its snacks business.
Morgan Stanley delivered quarterly earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' expectations on Thursday.
GE reported a decline in net income amid lower revenue in its transportation business, yet overall industrial profit rose by 12 percent.
Headlines after the bell Wednesday: GOOG, AMEX, IBM
DuPont's performance coating business added almost $2 billion to earnings in the year-earlier quarter.
It was Yellen's second major address in as many days, and came amid a flurry of speeches on rate guidance from other Fed officials.
The U.K. bank-to-funerals business announced a £2.5 billion loss, bringing to an end what the CEO called a "disastrous year" for the mutual.
U.S. manufacturing output rose for a second straight month in March, a sign of recovery from a long winter.
"It looks like it's an operating beat, but they got there probably like no one thought they would," Raymond James analyst Anthony Polini told CNBC.
U.S. housing starts rose less than expected in March and building permits fell, pointing to underlying weakness in the market.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur job creation.
The U.K. unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent, as pay growth and inflation grew by the same level for the first time in almost four years.
British supermarket giant Tesco reported a dip in group sales compared to last year, highlighting the challenges it faces in the U.K. and Europe.
Swiss bank Credit Suisse on Wednesday reported a 34 percent drop in first-quarter net profit from the same period last year, worse than analysts had expected.
Intel is among the companies making news after the bell: INTC, YHOO, CSX
The Fed should try to make communications on the expected path of rates and the economy consistent with policy statements, a top official said.
The city of Detroit has reached a deal with retired police officers and firefighters that would preserve current pensions.
Ukraine's Acting President said an airfield in the eastern town of Kramatorsk had been taken back from pro-Russian separatists, Reuters reported.
Confidence among home builders in the market for new, single-family homes remained in a holding pattern in April, ticking up just one point.