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Stocks end up, bounce back from drop
NEW YORK — The stock market bounced back on Friday as investors picked up companies that had dropped earlier in the week. Major indexes recovered nearly all their losses from a fall the day before. “It’s an odd day in the markets,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private B...
By Matthew Craft The Associated Press FULL STORY
Berkshire Hathaway’s first-quarter profit up 10 percent
OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett’s company says its first-quarter profit jumped 10 percent on the strength of its railroad and insurance businesses. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. earned $5.16 billion, or $3,143 per Class A share, during the first three months of 2015. That’s up from $4.71 billion, or ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. consumer sentiment rises on optimism over job market
WASHINGTON — Optimism about the job market lifted U.S. consumer sentiment in April to its second-highest level since 2007. The University of Michigan’s sentiment index rose to 95.9 from 93 in March. Only January’s reading of 98.1 has been higher since 2007, the year the Great Recession began....
The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. factory activity improves in April, but hiring declines
WASHINGTON — U.S. factories expanded in April at the same pace as in March, but manufacturers are starting to curtail hiring in a possible sign of weakness. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Friday that its manufacturing index was unchanged at 51.5. ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Small, midsize SUVs drive April U.S. auto sales gains
DETROIT — In April of 2014, the compact Chevrolet Cruze outsold the Equinox midsize SUV by more than a thousand vehicles. A year later, the Equinox trounced the Cruze by nearly 8,000 in sales. Those numbers pretty much sum up the shift in attitude among U.S. auto buyers: as they increasingly fall...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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