Uncool Microsoft Is Hot Once Again as Sales Defy Expectations

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Microsoft’s sales continue to defy expectations by growing at a much faster clip than those of its business-technology peers.

Cabot Oil Earnings Rise 44%

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Cabot Oil Gas Corp. said its third-quarter earnings grew 44% on the strength of higher production volume in key segments.

Ford's Profit Falls

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Ford said third-quarter net income fell to $835 million from $1.27 billion a year ago as lower production, and warranty and recall costs led to lower profits in North America, and losses in Europe hurt results.

Bristol-Myers Sales, Profit Beat Estimates

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. reported a smaller-than-expected decline in third-quarter revenue, despite lost sales as the result of the pharmaceutical company’s exit of a diabetes alliance earlier this year.

IMF Warns on Eastern Europe Income Convergence

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Progress toward closing the gap in incomes between eastern and western Europe has stalled, and in some cases is going in reverse, the International Monetary Fund said.

Lear Earnings Rise 24%

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Lear Corp. said its third-quarter profit rose 24% as the automotive-seating and electric-systems company posted sales growth in most of its geographies, with particularly strong increases in China and North America.

Shire Raises Guidance After Record Sales Growth

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Dublin-based drug maker Shire revised its earnings guidance after record sales growth, only a week after U.S. peer AbbVie pulled out of a $54 billion takeover.

Colgate-Palmolive Earnings Fall as Foreign Exchange Weighs

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Colgate-Palmolive Co. said its third-quarter earnings fell 17%, warning that deteriorating foreign exchange rates are weighing on its results.

BASF Lowers 2015 Forecast

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German chemical company reported a 4.8% decline in third-quarter profit, hurt by the slowing global economy and weaker demand in Europe.

Will Free Data Become The Next Free Shipping?

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Services that offer users data or pay data costs for visiting websites, signing up for free trials or watching movie trailers from smartphones or tablets are gaining traction.

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