A weak U.S. economy pulled down consumer sentiment in May.
The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.7 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, depressed by a severe winter and a widening trade deficit.
Trading of Humana shares halted briefly Friday afternoon as speculation grew that one of the nation's biggest health insurers might be up for sale.
The nation's gasoline supply likely will have more ethanol in coming years - but not as much as was required by federal law.
Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market.
On Friday, the government will likely estimate that the economy shrank in the January-March quarter for a second straight year, depressed by brutal weather, a reeling energy sector and an export slump. Yet few will see any cause for panic.
Renters are on the rise in America's biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study released Thursday.
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week to their highest level so far this year as new data showed strength in the housing market.
More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the overall level remains low and points to a healthy job market.