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Stocks were wavering between small gains and losses Friday after the government reported a pickup in hiring last month as well as a slight increase in the unemployment rate as more people started looking for work.
Coupons.com, which delivers digital coupons and coupon codes to consumers, has raised $168 million from an initial public offering of its common stock.
Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a community near a natural gas well that exploded last month, killing a worker. But the 750 or so residents of the hamlet of Bobtown? Not one has signed an online petition demanding an apology for the pizza offer.
Turkey’s prime minister has threatened drastic steps to censor the Internet, including shutting down Facebook and YouTube, where audio recordings of his alleged conversations suggesting corruption have been leaked in the past weeks, dealing him a major blow ahead of this month’s local elections.
U.S. hiring improved in February from the previous two months despite a blast of wintry weather, likely renewing hopes that growth will accelerate this year.
Costco’s fiscal second-quarter net income fell 15 percent, hurt by softer sales of some non-food items, weaker gross margins in its fresh foods business and the impact of weaker foreign currency exchange rates on its international results. Its latest performance missed Wall Street’s view.
Two advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics on Thursday urged the Girl Scouts of the USA to end its partnership with Mattel, the company that makes Barbie dolls. The Girl Scouts’ national headquarters in New York rejected the groups’ appeal.
Stocks mostly rose Thursday, lifted by a report that showed the number of people who filed for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in three months. The gains were enough to give the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its third all-time high this week.
DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over reams of documents and other data showing what the company knew and when it found out about a dangerous ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating how GM handled the problem, which triggered the global recall of 1.6 million older-model compact cars. GM has acknowledged it knew of the ignition troubles a decade ago but didn’t recall the cars until last month.
About three dozen passengers who sailed on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship that drifted at sea for days are hoping to collect thousands of dollars apiece as a result of lingering medical and mental problems they say were caused by their nightmarish experience.
A northern Michigan ice cream maker is recalling a flavor that’s sold at many Aldi stores in Illinois and Indiana and may contain nuts.
Walgreen Co. said Wednesday that same-store sales rose last month, boosted by stronger growth at its pharmacies and an increase in the number of flu shots it administered.
Calm returned to the stock market Wednesday after two days of volatile trading. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index traded within a range of about five points, or about a quarter of a percentage point for the whole day, before ending a fraction lower.
Target Corp. chief information officer Beth Jacob is resigning effective Wednesday as the retailer overhauls its information security and compliance division in the wake of a massive pre-Christmas data breach. Jacob had been in her current role since 2008 and oversaw teams in the U.S. and India.
A new study shows that the top 10 global automakers amassed more than $221 billion in cash by the end of 2013 to invest in new products, strategic alliances and other growth strategies.