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  • US stocks jump following strong corporate earnings

    U.S. stocks rose sharply Thursday, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar, 3M and General Motors. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe.

  • United’s net income soars on lower fuel costs

    United Airlines appears to be hitting its stride after struggling to make a 2010 merger pay off. The airline’s formula is lower fuel prices and more revenue for every mile that passengers fly.

  • Southwest Airlines 3Q profit rises 27 percent

    More passengers and lower fuel prices are pushing Southwest Airlines to record profits, and the airline expects an even bigger break at the gas pump this winter.

  • Cat’s earnings, revenue beat expectations

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    Caterpillar’s belt-tightening paid off in the third quarter as the manufacturer easily beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year.

    GM 3Q profit nearly doubles, led by North America

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    Big profits from rising SUV and truck sales in North America helped General Motors nearly double its third-quarter net profit and more than offset its struggles in Europe and South America.

    American Airlines posts record 3Q profit

    Summer vacations were good for American Airlines. With passengers paying a record amount for every mile and most seats filled, American earned an all-time best $942 million in the June-through-September third quarter.

    2-week strike ends at northern Indiana factory

    About 300 workers have ended their two-week strike at a Schneider Electric plant in northern Indiana after approving a new contract.

    Passenger jets push Boeing’s profit up 18 percent

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    Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36 billion in the third quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year.

    US consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in September

    U.S. consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices.

    McDonald’s CEO outlines changes as sales slide

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    McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn’t been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.

  • Staples investigating possible data breach

    Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.

  • Verizon misses Street 3Q forecasts

    Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday reported earnings of $3.7 billion in its third quarter.

    American, US Airways complete cargo combination

    American Airlines and US Airways say they have finished combining their cargo operations.

    US stocks close higher as turbulence fades

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    U.S. stocks closed with modest gains Monday after last week’s turbulence. All three main stock indexes ended higher.

    Whole Foods tries national ads for first time

    The nation’s largest natural and organic chain on Monday announced plans to roll out its first national advertising campaign. The move comes at a time when the chain is facing slowing growth and increasing competition from the likes of Safeway and Walmart, even as its stock has fallen.