President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip.
Japan's inflation slowed in June, highlighting the task Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda faces in reaching the bank's target.
The major gauges barely budged Thursday, but it was a big day for buyout rumors. The S&P 500 was only up about one point, but that was enough notch another all-time high.
HONG KONG - McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken burgers off the menu after a mainland Chinese supplier was accused of selling expired meat.
Woolworths' former head of supermarkets, Greg Foran, who quit in 2011 after missing out on the top job, has been appointed president and chief executive of WalMart's US operations.