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Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs
NEW YORK (AP) -- Big companies are finally starting to spend money, and that could mean a better economy and more jobs....

New drug sales help boost Novartis Q1 profit
GENEVA (AP) -- Strong new drug sales and higher operating income helped Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG report a 24 percent rise in first-quarter profit....

Puerto Rico govt seeks to lure wealthy investors
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico hopes to persuade wealthy investors to bet on the U.S. territory at a two-day conference aimed at attracting new money amid the island's struggles to recover from a nearly eight-year recession....

GM profit sinks; CEO sees no recall hit to sales
DETROIT (AP) -- The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales....

Caterpillar 1Q profit climbs 5 pct, forecast rises
Caterpillar's first-quarter earnings rose 5 percent, and the construction equipment maker raised its 2014 forecast. But the company also said Thursday that a mining equipment sales slump is still hurting results....

Stocks mostly higher on earnings gains; Apple up
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are mostly higher in midday trading, led by the technology sector after Apple reported a big earnings gain....

Aetna's 1Q profit jumps 36 pct, forecast climbs
Aetna's first-quarter net income soared 36 percent, fueled by gains from a multi-billion-dollar acquisition, and the health insurer hiked its 2014 earnings forecast above Wall Street estimates....

Marlboro maker Altria 1Q profit falls
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Altria Group Inc.'s first-quarter profit dropped 15 percent as the Marlboro maker sold fewer cigarettes and its year-ago results benefited from lower expenses from a longstanding legal settlement....

For airlines not named United, it was a great 1Q
DALLAS (AP) -- Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring....

Sirius XM tops revenue expectations and adds users
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sirius XM topped revenue expectations for the first quarter and subscriptions grew, though earnings declined 24 percent due to a major share repurchase....

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