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The stock market got a boost on Thursday from encouraging reports from Markit and the Conference Board that the economy should pick up after a winter slump, wiping out a drop in the previous day's trading.
U.S. manufacturing activity rebounded from a three-month low in January to a nearly four-year peak in February, according to a Markit Economics flash estimate.
Activist investor Nelson Peltz is reaffirming his call for PepsiCo to separate its struggling North American drinks division from its snack unit.
The Philly Fed said the monthly mid-Atlantic manufacturing index dropped into negative territory in February.
Gap Inc. will give its 65,000 hourly workers a raise to $9 an hour this year and $10 next year, CEO Glenn Murphy announced.
DirecTV's net income declined 14 percent in the fourth quarter, but performance still topped analysts' expectations.
Tesla Motors Inc.'s shares jumped Thursday on the electric-car maker's strong fourth-quarter performance and its forecast that production will rev up this year.
Stocks were little changed in early trading Thursday after a survey showed that U.S. manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace in almost four years, helping offset weak Chinese manufacturing data.
A gauge of the U.S. economy's health posted a moderate gain in January, suggesting that the economy will continue to expand in the first half of 2014.
Wal-Mart Stores is offering a profit outlook below Wall Street expectations as economic pressures weigh on its low-income shoppers around the world.
Marriott International says its fourth-quarter earnings fell 17 percent after the hotel company shortened its quarter. The hotel chain, best known for brands like Courtyard, Ritz-Carlton and Fairfield Inn, on Wednesday reported net income of $151 million, or 49 cents per share, for the 92 days that ended Dec. 31. That was down from the $181 million, or 56 cents per share, it earned in 2012 ...
A judge on Wednesday said she will not delay final entry on Bank of America's $8.5 billion settlement over mortgage-backed securities.
Fed officials agreed at the January meeting that continuing to reduce bond purchases would be appropriate as long as the economy keeps improving, with some members arguing that purchases should be reduced by $10 billion at each meeting this year.
Stocks wound lower after a choppy day as investors reacted to news that the Federal Reserve will likely continue to pare back its economic stimulus.