General Motors may be losing the public relations battle in its recall of defective cars, but the company scored a much-needed victory Thursday in its escalating legal war.
Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance. Markets in Europe, the U.S. and many countries in Asia were closed for the holiday.
On Thursday, Covered California officials announced that nearly 1.4 million state residents signed up for private health coverage during the exchange's first open enrollment period, which ended Tuesday, the AP/San Jose Mercury News reports.
Stocks closed mixed Thursday as the Standard & Poor's 500 extended its rally for a fourth straight day and posted solid gains for the holiday-shortened week.
The country's gauge of wholesale prices for March rose 5.7% on increasing food prices. But observers still think that the Reserve Bank won't need to hike rates just yet.