Members of the Federal Reserve agreed last month that they would likely reduce bond purchases in coming months if the job market improved further, though the minutes released Wednesday don't indicate when the reduction might begin.
The Federal Open Market Committee has released the minutes from its meeting of Oct. 29-30, 2013.
A shakeup at the Minneapolis Fed has included the departure of two high-profile research economists and the replacement of the bank's research director.
Philip Morris said Wednesday it plans to enter the growing electronic cigarette business late next year and accelerate the launch of its reduced-risk products.
The U.S. government is sending a team of federal officials to help Puerto Rico manage an economic crisis that has spooked investors as the U.S. territory braces for its eighth year of recession.
A week after Boeing union machinists rejected a contract that would have guaranteed that the 777X would be built in Washington, the aerospace giant has talked to at least a half-dozen states about the future plane.
The parent company of Carl's Jr., Hardee's fast-food chain is sold for the second time since 2010.
Existing-home sales declined for the second month in a row in October, while tight inventory means continued double-digit gains in home prices, the National Association of Realtors said.
Cheaper gasoline lowered overall U.S. consumer prices slightly in October, but inflation elsewhere stayed well below the Fed's target of 2 percent.
U.S. stock futures edged higher Wednesday after the government released unexpectedly robust retail sales numbers for October.
Economists forecast that retail spending rose 0.1 percent in October, according to a survey by FactSet, an improvement from the 0.1 percent decline in September.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year, citing a slowdown in emerging economies and the potential for another U.S. budget crisis.
JPMorgan Chase and the U.S. Justice Department have agreed to a $13 billion settlement, the largest ever for a single company.
Compensation costs for U.S. workers rose moderately in the July-September quarter as the cost of health insurance and other benefits rose more rapidly than wages and salaries.
Stocks edged higher Tuesday morning as investors digested corporate earnings data from retailers including Home Depot and the parent company of T.J. Maxx.