Orders to factories edged down 0.2 percent in January following declines of 3.5 percent in December and 1.7 percent in November, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
Average long-term mortgage rates have fallen for the first time in four weeks and remain near historic lows reached in May 2013.
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.
Costco's second-quarter profit easily topped Wall Street estimates thanks in part to a tax bump from the payout of a special dividend last month.
McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics commonly used in humans, and milk from cows that are not treated with an artificial growth hormone.
Uber Technologies is buying digital mapping specialist deCarta in a deal that may help the rapidly growing ride-hailing service lessen its dependence on navigation services supplied by Google and Apple.
Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson expects the price of oil to remain low over the next two years because of ample global supplies and relatively weak economic growth.
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U.S. services firms' activity rose at a slightly faster rate in February, powered by hotels, restaurants and wholesalers.