David Friedman, acting head of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Credit Larry Downing/Reuters.
General Motors said it earned $1.4 billion in the third quarter on strength in North America and China, where newly introduced models are more profitable than the ones they replace.
Comcast Corp.'s third-quarter profit rose 50%, as the cable giant benefited from a one-time income-tax adjustment and a boost in earnings at its NBCUniversal entertainment arm.
Spain's unemployment rate fell to the lowest since the end of 2011 in the third quarter as its economy turned into one of the fastest-growing in the euro region.
Caterpillar Inc. (CAT:US), the largest construction equipment maker, posted third-quarter earnings and sales that beat analysts' estimates as the recovery in North American building drives higher demand for excavators and bulldozers.