Euro zone steps toward fiscal unions buoy stocks in Asia. But a fall in the euro underscores ongoing worries over the euro zone's debt crisis.
President Hugo Chávez oversaw the return of the first batch of Venezuela's gold from foreign banks. Was it a publicity stunt?
Oil futures rise as trader expect US supply reports to show stronger demand. US oil futures hit $98.33 in European trading.
Unemployment claims: A slow decline signals the US economy is doing a little better. But unemployment claims need to fall further for a robust recovery in jobs.
Kinder Morgan purchased rival pipeline operator El Paso Corp for $21 billion, creating what will be by far the country's largest pipeline distributor of natural gas.
Protests in solidarity with 'Occupy Wall Street' occurred in US cities and around the world Saturday, sometimes drawing several thousand marchers. A key reason: Unemployment remains high, three years after a financial crisis in which banks got controversial bailouts.
An Amazon tablet is expected to be introduced Wednesday, at a press event in New York. But the big question remains: Will this thing have what it takes to compete with the iPad?
At about noon Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 370 points, or 3.3 percent. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve said 'there are significant downside risks to the economic outlook.'