Ariad Pharmaceuticals said it has adopted a shareholder rights plan to fend off a takeover effort.
Boeing was in talks with four airlines on orders for its redesigned 777X jetliner valued at as much as $87 billion ahead of next month's Dubai Airshow, sources said.
U.S. stocks dropped Thursday, with the Dow down 0.47 percent, the S&P 500 down 0.38 percent and the Nasdaq down 0.28 percent.
Fannie Mae filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Thursday asking for $800 million to cover losses and a reward for punitive damages from banks accused of manipulating the average rate that banks charge each other for loans.
Exxon Mobil's quarterly profit fell 18 percent from last year, but the oil and gas giant still made almost $8 billion in three months.
OGX, the oil company of Eike Batista, a flamboyant former champion speedboat racer who was once Brazil's richest man, has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Time Warner Cable has agreed to add Al-Jazeera America cable news network to its lineup, increasing the news network's reach from 45 million to 55 million homes.
The world is facing the worst wine shortage in 40 years as consumer demand significantly outstrips the global supply, a report has warned.
The Federal Open Market Committee, as the market expected, decided to wait and watch economic trends before reducing its stimulus program.
Lululemon has brought in a Kmart leader as its new chief product officer to help fill a role left vacant after its see-through yoga pants snafu.
With 7,000 to 8,000 tons of jalapenos left to pick, the Ventura County, Calif., chili supplier for the maker of Sriracha "rooster" hot sauce will keep harvesting until it hears otherwise.
Barclays revealed Wednesday that it is under international investigation over possible manipulation of currency trading -- another hit on the reputation of the U.K.'s second-largest bank.
The Labor Department reported Wednesday on changes in the consumer price index in September.
Comcast reported revenues of $16 billion, slightly lower than analysts had expected.
A sharp drop in auto sales caused largely by a calendar quirk lowered U.S. retail spending in September. But Americans spent more on most other goods, showing some confidence in the economy before much of the government shut down.