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Earnings from Microsoft, others drive stocks up

This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks rose again Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, putting the market on track for the best week in almost two years. Amazon plunged after the company reported dismal third-quarter results, but that...

What you need to know about massive air bag recall

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. investigators, automakers and a parts supply company are trying to figure out why some automobile air bags inflate with too much force, blowing apart metal canisters and sending shards flying at drivers and passengers. So far, more than 12 million...
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Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon

FILE – In this June 16, 2014 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks on stage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. Amazon.com reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) FILE – In this June 16,...
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Market jolt is reality check for investors

FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, file photo, a specialist works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The market’s flux over the past week has given investors pause for thought. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) FILE – In this Wednesday,...
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US stock market has best week in nearly 2 years

This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks rose again Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, putting the market on track for the best week in almost two years. Amazon plunged after the company reported dismal third-quarter results, but that...
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EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions

EU heads of state pose for a group photo during an EU summit in Brussels, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. EU leaders gathered Thursday for a two-day summit in which they will discuss Ebola, climate change and the economy. From left, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Croatian Prime...

Cloud business lifts Microsoft’s quarterly results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft’s quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella’s push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent. Revenue from cloud services, including...

Enticing low rates, but impact could be limited

WASHINGTON (AP) — With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing. It may even convince some Americans to buy their first home. Yet there are...
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A blue Christmas for Amazon?

FILE – In this June 16, 2014 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks on stage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. Amazon.com reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) FILE – In this June 16,...
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Asia stocks down on mixed China data, weak Wall St

Specialist Michael Gagliano, left, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Stocks are opening mixed as investors look over earnings reports from U.S. companies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Specialist Michael...