Average U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, making it more affordable to borrow to buy a home.
Airline delays and cancellations are up slightly from last year's peak travel season.
U.S. wholesale companies restocked their warehouses in August at the fastest pace since April, led by big increases in computers, lumber and furniture. But wholesale sales fell by the most since January.
Time Warner Cable said Thursday its shareholders approved its acquisition by Comcast Corp., clearing another hurdle for the $45 billion deal.
Though braced by a resurgent United States, the global economy is under threat from other regions - from Europe and Latin America to China and Japan - where growth is stalling and prospects remain dim.
Passengers cherish Virgin America for its mood lighting, live TV, fancy cocktails and friendly flight attendants. That nice-guy approach to air travel wins awards and attracts a cult following, but may not fly with Wall Street.
Shares of J.C. Penney Co. fell nearly 10 percent after the department store operator warned that its sales last month were weaker than expected.
The federal government's budget deficit has fallen to $486 billion, the smallest pool of red ink of President Barack Obama's six-year span in office, a new report said Wednesday.
Citigroup's subprime lending unit, OneMain Financial Holdings, on Wednesday filed for an IPO valued at $50 million.
Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.
U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years during August, yet their pace of hiring fell compared to July.
U.S. home prices increased in August, yet the pace of these gains continues to slow, helping to improve affordability for would-be buyers.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.
The International Monetary Fund slightly lowered its outlook for global economic growth this year and next, mostly because of weaker expansions in Japan, Latin America and Europe.
Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.