Philip Morris International says its fourth-quarter profit dropped 5 percent as cigarette sales fell in most of its markets and it was hurt by foreign exchange rates for the U.S. dollar.
The Cato Corp. said Thursday reported that a key sales figure was hurt in January by harsh winter weather that kept shoppers away from its stores.
Kohl's cut its fourth-quarter earnings forecast, saying it had unexpected expenses related to online shopping.
Dunkin' Brands reported a 23 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit as more customers came into its stores and spent more money when they were there.
Five companies made their stock market debuts Wednesday. They are the latest initial public offerings to hit the market in 2014 after high demand for IPOs in last year as stock markets rose.
Merck & Co.'s fourth-quarter profit dropped 14 percent, with its aggressive cost cutting not enough to offset restructuring charges, generic competition to former blockbuster medicines and unfavorable currency exchange rates.
Time Warner said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter net income dropped 12 percent, although revenue rose at its Warner Bros., Turner and HBO units.
The U.S. stock market is edging lower after a modest recovery the day before.
The drugstore chain will stop selling tobacco products later this year to focus more on providing health care.
U.S. private-sector employment rose just shy of the 180,000 that economists had forecast, Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday.
Morgan Stanley said Tuesday that it has agreed to pay $1.25 billion to resolve a lawsuit over mortgage securities with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Target's data breach that exposed 40 million accounts during last year's busy holiday shopping season went on longer than the company suspected, the company's CFO told a Senate panel Tuesday.
Investors took advantage of lower prices to buy stocks, lifting the U.S. market on Tuesday in relatively light trading.
Herbalife's economic, legal and reputational fight boiled up with the company's latest maneuvers to bolster shareholder confidence.
February is starting with Janet Yellen as the new chair of the U.S. central bank.