Irate passengers swarmed ticket counters and some started a near-riot at Fort Lauderdale's airport after Spirit Airlines canceled nine flights, blaming the decision on pilots' failure to show up.
Recently-merged Dutch-Belgian supermarket giant Ahold Delhaize, operator of U.S. chains including Stop & Shop and Giant, says its operating profit rose 12 percent to 553 million euros ($602 million) in the first quarter compared with the pre-merger companies' combined profits in the same period last year.
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Stocks in Europe and futures markets in the U.S. edged lower, as investors processed the latest batch of corporate earnings releases.
The U.S. dollar traded weaker against some rivals on Wednesday, which some analysts attributed in part to the abrupt dismissal of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.
Oil prices rose on Wednesday after a larger than expected fall in U.S. crude inventories and on attempts by OPEC to rebalance an oversupplied market by cutting output.
Oil futures rose on Wednesday after Reuters reported Saudi Arabia would cut supplies to the region as OPEC tries to counter rising U.S. output.