Comcast will buy Time Warner Cable for about $45.2 billion in a deal that would combine the nation's top two cable TV companies.
Stocks fell in early trading Thursday after weak reports on hiring and retail sales, along with disappointing earnings from Cisco Systems and Whole Foods.
Shares of Whole Foods Market dropped in after-hours trading Wednesday following a report from the grocery chain that its fiscal first-quarter profit and revenue fell below analysts' forecasts.
U.S. stocks took a break on Wednesday with major indexes little changed after one of the largest four-day bull runs in recent history.
U.S. crude oil supplies rose by 3.3 million barrels in the week ending Feb. 7, rising to 361.4 million, the Energy Information Administration said Wednesday.
Deere & Co. says its first-quarter net income rose nearly 5 percent, but it expects sales of farm equipment to slow down this year.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group reported a decline in fourth-quarter sales volume as the company struggles to get Americans to drink more of its soda, but saw its core income from operations improve, in part because of higher prices.
Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources Inc.'s fourth-quarter loss widened, stung in part by lower coal shipments, a large tax charge and a loss on early debt extinguishment.
Tobacco company Lorillard says its fourth-quarter profit fell 5 percent as higher costs offset an increase in revenue from both traditional and electronic cigarettes.
A challenging outlook from Dean Foods sent shares plunging more than 10 percent Tuesday as commodity prices soar.
Stocks rose sharply in afternoon trading as Janet Yellen said she would continue the Fed's low-interest rate policy and Congress seemed ready to raise the U.S. debt ceiling without a showdown.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Tuesday signaled that she supports Ben Bernanke's view that the economy is strengthening enough to withstand a pullback in stimulus but that rates should stay low to further improve a still-lackluster economy.
For the second consecutive month, the creation of nonfarm jobs in the U.S. economy was a disappointment.
U.S. wholesale inventories rose 0.3 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, rising less than economists expected, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.
Although U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in December and hiring slowed, indicating a weaker job market for the month, the number of available jobs remained near a 5 1/2-year high.