(Adds details of Greek sale). * Earnings, valuations concerns dominate in Europe. * Shares in top listed Portuguese bank BES fall 15 pct.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to one of its lowest levels since before the 2007-09 recession, a sign of increasing health in the labor market.
NEW YORK - Shares of Lumber Liquidators fell nearly 20 percent Thursday, a day after the hardwood floor retailer cut its earnings outlook for the year and said fewer people are coming into its stores than expected.
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages edged up slightly this week, remaining near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average rate for a 30-year loan rose to 4.15 percent from 4.12 percent last week.
Some Federal Reserve policy makers were concerned investors may be getting too complacent and indicated they're on the lookout for excessive risk-taking, minutes of their June meeting show.