Shares of some top chemicals companies were down at the close of trading: Dow Chemical Co. fell $1.14 or 2.6 percent, to $43.03.
Shares of some top leisure companies were down at the close of trading: Carnival fell $.96 or 2.1 percent, to $45.16.
Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE United States Steel Corp., up $2.31 to $23.58 The steel company reported a drop in fourth-quarter profit and revenue, but the results beat Wall Street expectations.
Leaders of the state Democratic Party have passed a resolution condemning the national education standards known as the Common Core, nearly five years after the state adopted the new learning goals.
President Obama says outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a true American patriot who devoted his life to the United States.
Shares of Citrix Systems rose 3.1% in after-hours trade Wednesday, after the software company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, and said it would lay off about 900 workers.
In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute.
The Air Force is investigating allegations that the No. 2 commander at its prestigious Air Combat Command told lower-ranking officers that talking to members of Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 attack aircraft is tantamount to treason.
Facebook Inc. reported stronger-than-expected earnings and sales during the fourth quarter as mobile usage and ad revenues increased.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is taking a leave of absence from his law firm as he fights federal corruption charges, the firm said Wednesday.
Qualcomm Inc.'s stock dropped 5.1% in after-hours trade Wednesday, after the mobile chip maker beat fiscal first-quarter profit and sales expectations, and cut its full-year outlook because of reduced opportunities for sales of its Snapdragon processors and increased competition in China.
Many American voters are not on the same page as President Obama when it comes to the mood of the country and his economic proposals. Yet significant improvements in perceptions of the economy are boosting approval of the president -- and less than half of voters want his executive actions repealed.
U.S. stocks ended Wednesday's choppy trading session sharply lower after the Federal Reserve's policy-making committee reiterated it plans to remain patient and watch the data as it decides when to raise interest rates.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $721.3 million.