President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip.
New York: US stocks finished a quiet session mostly flat on Thursday as earnings painted a mixed picture of the economy, though the S&P 500 set another record closing high.
SINGAPORE: Brent crude held steady above $107 a barrel on Friday, on track to end the week flat as tensions in oil producing regions supported prices against weak demand and plentiful supplies.
Woolworths' former head of supermarkets, Greg Foran, who quit in 2011 after missing out on the top job, has been appointed president and chief executive of WalMart's US operations.
McDonald's China says it will carry on using scandal-hit meat supplier OSI Group on the mainland because �it is more risky to find another local supplier�.