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Obama-102314.jpg Following news of a shooting at the Canadian Parliament complex in Ottawa, President Barack Obama called Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday to express the American people's solidarity with their neighbors to the north.

RoyalCaribbean-102314.jpg Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Thursday reported a 34 percent increase in profit for the third quarter from last year on higher revenues and lower expenses. Adjusted earnings per share for the quarter beat analysts' expectations. Looking ahead, the cruise operator forecast earnings for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014 below Street estimates.

Shaw-102314.jpg Canadian cable and media company Shaw Communications, Inc. reported Thursday a profit for the fourth quarter that surged 64 percent from last year, reflecting improved operating margins and revenue growth.

Comcast-CMCSA-102314.jpg Cable television giant Comcast Corp. on Thursday reported a 50 percent surge in profit for the third quarter from last year, helped by a one-time tax adjustment and additional subscribers to its high-speed Internet services. Adjusted earnings per share for the quarter beat analysts' expectations. However, quarterly revenues for Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, missed estimates.

Leadingindex-102314.jpg Suggesting moderate growth in the short-term, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday showing that its index of leading U.S. economic indicators rose by more than economists had anticipated in the month of September.

wallstreet2-103112_23Oct14.jpg Stocks have moved sharply higher in early trading on Thursday after turning lower over the course of the previous session. The major averages have climbed firmly into positive territory, more than offsetting yesterday's steep losses.

Caterpillar-102314.jpg Mining and agricultural equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. Thursday reported higher third-quarter profit, as revenues rose and beat analysts' estimates. The firm also lifted its earnings per share outlook for full year 2014. The company anticipates preliminary 2015 sales and revenues to be flat to slightly up from 2014.

Celgene-102314.jpg Biopharmaceutical company Celgene Corp. reported Thursday a profit for the third quarter that surged from last year, reflecting double-digit product sales boosted by Revlimid sales. Both adjusted earnings per share and quarterly revenues topped analysts' expectations. The company also raised its earnings and revenue forecast for the full-year 2014.

General-Motors-GM-102314.jpg Automaker General Motors Co. on Thursday reported an 82 percent surge in profit for the third quarter from last year, reflecting strong operating performance in North America and China. Excluding items, adjusted earnings for the quarter beat analysts' expectations.

joblessclaims-102314.jpg After reporting first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits at a fourteen-year low in the previous week, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that initial jobless claims rebounded in the week ended October 18th.

Occidental-Petroleum-Corporation-OXY-102314.jpg Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY), an oil and gas exploration and production company, Thursday said third-quarter profit declined from the prior year, hit by lower revenues and decrease in worldwide oil realized prices. Yet adjusted earnings topped Wall Street estimates.

UnionPacific-102314.jpg Railroad company Union Pacific Corp. reported Thursday a profit for the third quarter that increased 19 percent from last year, reflecting improved freight revenues amid volume growth and core pricing gains. Earnings per share and quarterly revenues topped analysts' expectations.

Eli-Lilly-102314.jpg Drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. Thursday reported 58 percent fall in the third-quarter profit, as revenues and margins were hurt by U.S. patent expirations of Cymbalta and Evista. The company cut its reported earnings per share outlook for full year 2014, while backed adjusted earnings view.

Wallstreet3-111212_23Oct14.jpg After turning lower over the course of the previous session, stocks are likely to move back to the upside in early trading on Thursday. The major index futures are currently pointing to a sharply higher open for the markets, with the Dow futures up by 136 points.

3M-102314.jpg 3M Co. reported Thursday a profit for the third quarter that grew from last year, reflecting volume growth, improved prices and sales growth amid increases across business groups and most regions. Earnings per share topped analysts' expectations, while quarterly revenues missed their estimates. The company also narrowed its earnings and sales growth forecast range for the full-year 2014.