Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO - The mighty Google machine faltered a bit in the first quarter. Revenue came in $100 million short of expectations, while earnings per share missed by 12 cents.
... * Asia shares mostly higher, Nikkei ends flat. * Wall St lifted by dovish Yellen, upbeat Fed Beige Book. * Google and IBM fall after hours as earnings disappoint.
American Express Co. (AXP:US), the biggest U.S. credit-card issuer by purchases, posted a first-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates as customer spending climbed.
European stock-index futures were little changed, with equities heading for a weekly gain, as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated the central bank will continue to support the economy.