Shares of some top autos companies were mixed at the close of trading: Ford Motor Co. rose $.04 or .3 percent, to $14.02.
Shares of some top biotechnology companies were up at the close of trading: Amgen Inc. rose $3.24 or 2.5 percent, to $133.69.
Shares of some top machinery companies were mixed at the close of trading: Caterpillar rose $1.81 or 1.9 percent, to $95.05.
Hedge fund Elliott Management is seeking seats on Family Dollar's board, saying it wants to ensure the retailer reconsiders a buyout bid from rival Dollar General.
Moody's Investors Service cut Russia's sovereign debt rating to 'Baa2' from 'Baa1', becoming the second ratings agency to cut the country's ratings this year, after S&P initiated a downgrade in April.
The bankrupt Trump Taj Mahal casino received court approval on Friday to break its labor agreement, a key condition for a rescue deal with billionaire Carl Icahn, and the union promptly announced a plan to picket the Atlantic City, New Jersey hotel.
A commercial jet manufacturing boom is fueling suppliers' profits, with U.S. corporate results on Friday underscoring strong demand from the aviation industry in a rocky global economy.
The U.S. government on Friday said it plans to include increased security protections for credit and debit cards issued to distribute federal benefits such as Social Security and given to federal employees to cover work expenses.
Authorities expanded their efforts Thursday to contact passengers who flew on two flights in the last week with a nurse who was stricken with the Ebola virus.
Activist Elliott Management Corp. nominated a slate of seven candidates to the board of Family Dollar Stores Inc., saying the existing leadership missed an opportunity to "facilitate a bidding war" between Dollar Tree Inc. and Dollar General Corp.
Hidden for more than 90 years beneath the rolling sand dunes of Guadalupe, California, an enormous, plaster sphinx from the 1923 blockbuster movie "The Ten Commandments" has been rediscovered and is now above ground.
The stock market had another turbulent session Friday, capping off one of the more eventful weeks on Wall Street in years.
Tech giants Apple and Amazon.com lead an array of bellwether companies reporting earnings next week. Also on tap housing and inflation data.
Ski season has officially started in Colorado with the opening of Arapahoe Basin.
Family Dollar Stores Inc.'s shareholder Elliott Advisors said Friday the company's board should give Dollar General Corp. an "even playing field" in its latest offer to acquire Family Dollar.
The Secret Service is charged with watching the president's back, but who's watching his wallet? When his credit card was declined last month while dining in New York, President Obama wondered if he had become a victim of identity theft.