At first glance, the smartphone figures Alibaba posted Thursday in its first full quarterly earnings report appeared stellar. The company collected more than $1 billion in mobile revenue.
Only 265,000 Americans filed for unemployment compensation last week, the smallest amount of claims in almost 15 years, according to the Labor Department.
Ford Motor Co. (F) reported a much smaller profit as a charge tied to Venezuela and a smaller profit in North America weighed on the automaker's fourth quarter.
Yahoo was once the #1 home page for browsers across America. But the company has floundered for years, riddled with CEO problems, a contentious Board of Directors and no strategy for dealing with Google which overtook it in all markets.
It's hard to tell these days whether the Federal Reserve will stick to its preferred timetable for raising interest rates or whether central bankers are subtly preparing markets for a delay.