Caterpillar said there was �a reasonable likelihood� that global growth could improve next year as the world's largest maker of heavy equipment raised its 2014 earnings forecast.
Jobless claims filed by American workers rose by 17,000 to 283,000 last week, but the four-week moving average for jobless claims fell to its lowest level since May 2000.
General Motors said Thursday that its third-quarter net income attributable to common stockholders came in at $1.38 billion, up 98.2 percent from the same period of 2013, as a result of higher revenue.
Target has begun offering free shipping on online orders of any size through Dec. 20, an assertive move to launch the holiday season.
Good news: The IRS has bumped up retirement account contribution limits for 2015 to reflect cost-of-living increases. So if you've been wanting to sock away more in your tax-advantaged accounts, next year is your opportunity.