Stock futures inch higher ahead of key jobs report

U.S. stock index futures were little changed during overnight trading on Thursday, ahead of Friday’s key jobs report. Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 65 points. S&P 500 futures advanced 0.2%, while Nasdaq 100 futures added 0.3%. During regular trading the Dow fell 170 points, or 0.47%, while the S&P declined … Read more

WHO says vaccine inequity undermines economic recovery: It’s ‘a killer of people and jobs’

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press conference on December 20, 2021 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Thursday warned the unequal distribution of vaccines around the globe has contributed to the emergence of new variants, such as … Read more

CDC declines to add Covid testing recommendation to updated isolation guidance despite criticism

People wait in line for COVID-19 testing at Kedren Community Health Center on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Gary Coronado | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amended its controversial Covid-19 isolation guidance on Tuesday, declining to add a testing requirement as public health … Read more

Toyota dethrones GM to become America’s top-selling automaker in 2021

The Toyota Motor Corp. logo in the Toyota City Showcase exhibit at the company’s Mega Web car theme park in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg | Getty Images DETROIT – Toyota Motor has dethroned General Motors as America’s top-selling automaker in 2021, marking the first time since 1931 that … Read more

Severe weather, omicron infections drive thousands more U.S. flight cancellations

Passengers line up at John F. Kennedy International Airport after airlines announced numerous flights were canceled during the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Christmas Eve in Queens, New York, December 24, 2021. Dieu-Nalio Chery | Reuters Airlines canceled more than 2,400 U.S. flights on New Year’s Day as they faced severe weather across … Read more

United Airlines offers pilots triple pay to ease omicron flight disruptions

A United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft lands at San Francisco International Airport on March 13, 2019 in Burlingame, California. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images United Airlines is offering its pilots triple pay to pick up trips for most of January to help ease a staffing shortage driven by the rapid spread of the … Read more

Omicron hospitalization risk lower than delta, vaccines provide good protection, U.K. study says

A government advert on a bus stop in London encourages people to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, as the Omicron variant of coronavirus spreads across the globe, Dec. 28, 2021. Vuk Valcic | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images People infected with omicron are less likely to require hospital treatment compared to patients … Read more

Walmart drew one in four dollars spent on click and collect — with room to grow in 2022

One in every four dollars that Americans spent on online purchases retrieved through either curbside pickup or inside of stores this year went to Walmart, according to Insider Intelligence. The big box giant drove 25.4% of all click-and-collect orders in 2021— the largest market share of any U.S. retailer, according to recent estimates by the … Read more

WHO says omicron has not spread widely among the vulnerable yet, still too early to determine severity

A Covid-19 rapid PCR test site sign at Cape Town International Airport in Cape Town, South Africa, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Dwayne Senior | Bloomberg | Getty Images The World Health Organization on Wednesday cautioned that omicron has not spread widely among the populations most at risk, making it difficult to determine whether or … Read more

Stock futures are flat after Dow, S&P 500 close at record

U.S. stock index futures were little changed during overnight trading Wednesday after the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at new records. Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched higher, while S&P 500 futures were unchanged. Nasdaq 100 futures were slightly lower. During regular trading on Wednesday the S&P 500 … Read more