Oil prices extended a rally to above $66 a barrel Friday to hit a fresh six-month high, after the U.S. reported a fall in oil inventories and further signs of an improving economy.
Clothing maker Levi Strauss & Co. on Thursday said it would hire Yahoo Inc.'s Blake Jorgensen.
Microsoft Corp. is rolling out a redesigned search site.
General Motors Corp. said Thursday a committee of bondholders has agreed to a sweetened deal proposed by the U.S. government to erase the automaker's unsecured debt in exchange for company stock.
The tally of newly laid-off people requesting jobless benefits fell last week, the government said Thursday, a sign that companies are cutting fewer workers.
Demand for big-ticket manufactured goods soared by the largest amount in 16 months in April, the second increase in the past three months.
A General Motors Corp. bankruptcy filing seemed inevitable after a rebellion by its bondholders forced it to withdraw on Wednesday a plan to swap bond debt for company stock.
More than 90 percent of economists predict the recession will end this year, although the recovery is likely to be bumpy.
The future of Chrysler hangs in the balance as it heads to court Wednesday to ask a bankruptcy judge for permission to sell the bulk of its assets to a group headed by Italy's Fiat in hopes of saving itself from liquidation.