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.
The Standard & Poor's 500 pushed further into record territory and the Dow got a boost from IBM as Federal Reserve policymakers began a meeting where they were expected to extend a bold economic stimulus campaign.
The Federal Reserve is trying to assess figures that reflected a stumbling economy even before the federal shutdown, which further slowed growth.
Dell Inc. announced the completion of its $24.9 billion buyout by founder and CEO Michael Dell and his investment ally, Silver Lake Partners.
Rabobank of the Netherlands has agreed to pay about $1 billion to settle charges it manipulated a key global interest rate. The bank's chairman resigned.
The U.S. government plans to punish Indian outsourcing giant Infosys with the largest immigration fine ever for seeking visas fraudulently for workers at large U.S. clients, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Labor Department's delayed report on job creation in September was disappointing, with most jobs being created in the private sector and by state and local governments.
After a 16-day partial government shutdown and a spate of tepid economic data, no one thinks the Fed will reduce its stimulus when it meets Tuesday and Wednesday.
U.S. retail receipts at chain stores fell 0.4 percent in the week leading up to Halloween, the International Council of Shopping Centers said Tuesday.
American consumers' confidence in the economy tumbled this month as many worried about the impact of the government shutdown, a decline that could weigh on spending and economic growth.
Business inventories and sales rose 0.3 percent in August, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday, with inventories rising to $1.7 trillion and sales rising to $1.3 trillion.
The U.S. Producer Price Index for finished goods fell 0.1 percent August to September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.
The price of crude oil dropped back to $98 per barrel in New York Tuesday as traders waited for a flurry of economic reports.
While sales are strong of the latest iPhone, Apple's earnings fell by 9 percent.