Overseas markets finished lower. The FTSE 100 in London closed down 0.27%, while the DAX in Germany finished off 0.39%. Japan's Nikkei average settled down 1.51% on Thursday and Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed behind by 2.41%.
Gold for December delivery added $12 to settle at $1,726 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, while December crude oil contracts rose 65 cents to close at $85.09 a barrel.
The benchmark 10-year Treasury rose 14/32, diluting the yield to 1.623%. The dollar slipped 0.01%, according to the
U.S. dollar index
In corporate news,
shares rose 1.1% after the media company booked better-than-expected first-quarter earnings as a fall in advertising sales was balanced by revenue from areas including content and licensing fees.
tacked on 3.1% after the fast-food chain announced a wider-than-expected third-quarter net loss, but revealed that sales at restaurants opened at least 15 months increased 2.7%, pointing to a sixth straight quarter of growth.
Lawn and garden care products company
reported a slightly wider-than-expected fourth-quarter loss and less-than-expected revenue as its company-wide gross margin rate weakened from a year ago due to higher material costs and unfavorable conversion costs, and the operating loss for its global consumer segment widened from a year earlier. The stock lost 4.2%.
gained 2% after the company beat third-quarter earnings estimates and hiked its full-year earnings guidance to between $1.27 and $1.32 a share, driven by continued strong momentum across the business, offset by the impact of rising commodity costs, particularly at Fresh Dairy Direct.
Department store operator
announced that it now expects full-year earnings of $4.52 to $4.60 a share for fiscal 2012 versus its previous guidance of $4.50 to $4.65 a share. The company posted better-than-expected third-quarter results as same-store sales increased 1.1%. Shares slid 5.1%.
were losing nearly 16% in after-hours action after the online deals company posted a surprise loss for the third quarter as revenue of $568.6 million fell short of analyst expectations of $590.1 million.
, the chip maker, easily beat Wall Street's consensus profit view on Wednesday and forecast non-GAAP earnings of $1.08 to $1.16 a share on revenue ranging from $5.6 billion to $6.1 billion for its fiscal first quarter. Shares popped 4.3%.
Whole Foods Market
reported an in-line profit for its fiscal fourth quarter and announced Wednesday it raised its quarterly dividend by 40% to 20 cents a share. Shares slumped 5.9%.
-- Written by Andrea Tse and Joe Deaux in New York.
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