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Federal regulators will allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to continue funding higher-priced mortgages, at least through the middle of next year.
Britain's economic growth picked up pace in the third quarter of 2013, boosting hopes that the country's nascent recovery is becoming more entrenched.
Asian stocks were dealt a blow on Friday as concerns over a repeat of June's credit crunch in China overshadowed gains on Wall Street.
Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Thursday:
Apple showed off its new iPad Air and its iPad Mini on Tuesday.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday, hit by plans for new, tougher stress tests for euro zone banks from the European Central Bank.
Caterpillar posted a lower-than-expected profit and cut its full-year forecast again amid weak demand from mining customers.
Microsoft said earnings rose 17 percent, which was better than expected. Shares rose more than 5 percent after the announcement.
Amazon.com reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations and a quarterly loss that met forecasts. Shares jumped after-hours.
Stocks recovered the previous day's losses to close higher Thursday, with the S&P 500 regaining its footing above 1,750, as Wall Street cheered a handful of upbeat earnings and encouraging economic data from China.
Apple is undervalued and a massive buyback of shares is a "no brainer," billionaire investor Carl Icahn said on Thursday.
The White House said that it may announce revised guidance about the date by when Americans are required to purchase health insurance. NBC reports.
Growth in euro zone business activity unexpectedly slowed in October, surveys showed Thursday, raising questions about the strength of the region's economic recovery.
Billionaire Carl Icahn asked Apple to commence an immediate tender offer to the tune of $150 billion in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday morning.
Ford is raising its full-year profit guidance after a record third quarter that saw improving sales worldwide.
European shares closed higher on Thursday thanks to strong corporate results and encouraging data from China.
AT&T reported revenue that was slightly below expectations but net income beat by a penny as the company worked to control costs.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell less than expected last week as California continued to process a backlog of applications.
3M delivered quarterly earnings that surpassed analysts' expectations on Thursday.
The stocks moving before the bell.