Japan's top leaders are defending the economic strategies championed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, though the central bank chief acknowledged a need for better communication with financial markets, a day after Tokyo shares suffered their worst loss since the 2011 tsunami disaster.
Household products giant Procter & Gamble Co. is hoping its former CEO can work his magic once again.
It was another ugly quarter for Sears Holdings Corp.
Stocks are ending the day slightly lower after recouping a big loss early on.
Average rates on fixed mortgages rose for the third straight week, hitting their highest levels since mid-March. Still, mortgage rates remained close to historic lows, a trend that should help sustain the housing recovery.
U.S. sales of new homes rose in April and nearly matched the fastest pace in five years, driving the median price to a record high. The gains suggest the housing recovery is strengthening.
Average rates on fixed mortgage rose for the third straight week, hitting their highest levels since mid-March. Still, mortgage rates remained close to historic lows, a trend that should help sustain the housing recovery.
A global stock market slump is continuing on Wall Street as traders worry about how committed the Federal Reserve remains to keeping up its bond-buying program.
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 23,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a level consistent with solid job growth.
Merck & Co. says it is ending development of an experimental Parkinson's disease drug because the drug wasn't working.
The run-up in stock prices this year could tempt even the most hands-off investor to wade into their 401(k) and make some changes.
Investors have grown nervous that the Federal Reserve will scale back its efforts to boost the U.S. economy sooner than many expected.
UPS AND DOWNS: Stocks plunged at the opening of trading but recovered by midday. A rout overseas and in the early going on Wall Street was set off by a slowdown in China and worries that the Federal Reserve might slow down its bond purchases. By the afternoon the U.S. market had recouped nearly all of its loss.
Campbell Soup said it's buying Plum Organics, which makes food for babies and kids, for an undisclosed amount as it looks to move into faster-growing categories.
Here's a look at median CEO pay by industry last year, as calculated by executive pay research firm Equilar. For the fourth time in five years, health care CEOs got the most pay and utilities CEOs got the least.
Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets rose $19.53 billion to $2.601 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute.
The marketing people at Chevrolet make no secret of the goal for the new diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze: Take sales from Volkswagen.
Procter & Gamble Co. is bringing back its former CEO, as the world's largest consumer-products maker tries to spur global growth.
BIG PLANS: Johnson & Johnson says it's poised by 2017 to seek regulatory approval for a dozen new medicines and two dozen variations of existing ones.
An afternoon recovery in U.S. stock markets helped oil reverse early losses Thursday.
Here's a look at the CEOs that received the biggest raises and the biggest pay cuts in 2012 compared with 2011, as calculated by the executive pay research firm Equilar and The Associated Press.
Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant's operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that many expect to worsen and hamper progress in the decades-long effort to safely decommission it.
Some of the country's largest retailers, including Target Corp. and Macy's Inc., are suing MasterCard and Visa, rejecting a settlement over alleged fee-fixing.
Big U.S. companies are required to offer their shareholders a "say on pay" vote - essentially, a chance to weigh in on whether they think the CEO and other top executives are getting paid too much.
After years of struggle, Gap is back in style.