Apr 30, 2012 4:26 PM ET
U.S. stocks eased after Spain joined the UK and entered recession for the second time since 2009 and the U.S. business activities expanded at the slowest pace in April in three years. The benchmark S&P 500 index fell 0.8%, first decline after four months of gains.
Apr 30, 2012 11:51 AM ET
CNA Financial first quarter net slumped 3% to $367 million. Energy Transfer agreed to acquire Sunoco for $5.3 billion. Barnes & Noble soared on Microsoft investment. Humana first quarter net declined 21% to $248 million. Hologic acquired Gen-Probe for about $3.7 billion.
Apr 30, 2012 10:41 AM ET
The UK indexes fell after home prices eased in April. Irish loans to households dropped in March. Aberdeen first-half revenue rose 7% to £413.1 million.
Apr 30, 2012 10:06 AM ET
U.S. indexes gained after personal income and consumer spending rose in March. On the deal front, Energy Transfer agreed to acquire Sunoco for $5.3 billion and Hologic said it agreed to buy Gen-Probe for approximately $3.7 billion.
Apr 30, 2012 8:29 AM ET
Euro-zone inflation eased to 2.6% in April. The euro area M3 growth jumped to 3.2% and German retail sales rebounded in March. The Spanish economy contracted in the second quarter and the Swiss central bank swung to loss in the first quarter.
Apr 30, 2012 8:25 AM ET
Australian stocks gained after copper prices edged up but trading was subdued as markets were closed in Japan and in mainland China. New home sales dropped 9.4% in March and home sales dropped across all states as buyers stay away from record high sale prices.
Apr 30, 2012 8:30 AM ET
The European market indexes traded directionless as many stayed away for a long weekend. Spain slipped back into a double-dip recession after the economy contracted in the first quarter. adidas raised its fiscal 2012 outlook after strong quarterly performance.
Apr 27, 2012 4:31 PM ET
U.S. markets closed higher and closed up for the second week in a row after investors focused on improved consumer confidence and better than expected earnings. Bank of Japan expanded its programs to buy stocks and real estate securities and bond yields rose in Europe but in fell in New York.
Apr 27, 2012 11:37 AM ET
Amazon first quarter net declined 35% and Kindle stores boost the revenue. Chevron first quarter net rose 4.2% to $6.47 billion. Ford Motor first quarter net plunged 45%. P&G third quarter net slumped 16% to $2.41 billion. Starbucks second quarter net rose 18.5% to $309.9 million.
Apr 27, 2012 10:26 AM ET
U.S. indexes traded sideways after economy expanded less than estimated in the first quarter. Intuit agreed to acquire Demandforce for $423.5 million and Wells Fargo plans to buy Merlin Securities.