The number of new claims for jobless benefits rose last week but remained near fourteen-year lows, the latest sign of an improving labor market.
General Motors Co. (GM) said third quarter profit rose 1 percent, less than a month after Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra told investors the automaker is pushing to boost performance.
U.S. stock futures rose Thursday, boosted by strong third-quarter earnings from Caterpillar Inc. and other companies. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rallied 135 points, or 0.8%, to 16559.
The Eurozone got a modest lift Thursday as new surveys showed the economy picking up speed in October, thanks mainly to a rebound in Germany.
As it awaits approval of its merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast continues to show solid growth, both in profit and in the number of new customers.