U.S. consumer sentiment jumped to its highest level in nearly eight years on cheaper gasoline and better job and wage prospects, a survey showed.» Read More
China's official manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.4 in April from 50.3 in March, data released Thursday showed.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday in a quiet session with several markets shut for the 'May 1' public holiday.
The Obama administration is focused on finding ways to curb tax-motivated reincorporations to other countries by U.S. businesses.
GE's $13.5 billion bid for a French energy group would make the U.S. company the biggest industrial player in emerging markets, CEO Jeff Immelt says.
The pace of business activity in the U.S. Midwest rose more than expected in April, jumping to its highest since October 2013, a report showed on Wednesday.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tells CNBC the company remains on the right path and he's not worried about users finding new platforms.
The U.S. economy barely grew in the first quarter as exports tumbled and businesses accumulated stocks at the slowest pace in nearly a year, but activity already appears to be bouncing back.
A closely-watched employment indicator reported on Wednesday that the economy created 220,000 private sector jobs in April.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
GlaxoSmithKline's sales fell 10%, highlighting the pressures behind last week's decision to trade more than $20 billion of assets with Novartis.
Euro zone inflation picked up in April, but remained below expectations, maintaining pressure on the ECB to act.
Alstom shares soar 11 percent after it said it was considering General Electric's $13.5 billion bid for its energy unit.
The Bank of Japan has cut its target for real gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 1.1 percent for fiscal year ending March 2015, down from its January projection of 1.4 percent.
Asian stocks rose on Wednesday as investors concentrated on central bank policy decisions in Japan and the U.S.
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U.S. consumer confidence dipped in April as consumers were discouraged by business and labor market conditions, according to a report.
Germany's Siemens has unveiled plans to take on General Electric with a formal offer for French engineering giant Alstom.
Apple is expected to issue between $8 billion to $10 billion worth of bonds as part of a huge debt sale, Dow Jones reported.
Britain's economy expanded for the fifth quarter in a row in the first three months of the year, although the growth rate disappointed.
The biggest change over the past 25 for investing is that it's less expensive for individuals, billionaire investor Warren Buffett tells CNBC.