NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday ahead of the key employment report for November, which investors awaited for clues on the strength of the world's largest economy and the next policy move from the Federal Reserve.
WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. trade deficit narrowed less than expected in October as lower crude oil prices failed to offset a jump in imports, while an increase in exports suggested the economy was weathering faltering global demand.
LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude fell close to $69 a barrel on Friday, putting it on track for a second weekly decline, as cuts to official selling prices from Saudi Arabia reverberated across the market.
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japan Credit Rating Agency cut its credit rating on Takata Corp by one notch to A- on Friday, saying the company was likely to face increased costs over an expanded airbag recall in the United States.
PARIS (Reuters) - Alstom , which is selling most of its power arm to General Electric to focus on train-making, could halve staff at its Belfort plant in eastern France to cope with flagging locomotive demand, Alstom's main union warned on Friday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp is likely to cut average pay next year in a rare move for a big Japanese company, and one that goes against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for higher wages to get the economy moving.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co will soon recall 135,000 vehicles in Japan as recalls in the United States involving potentially defective air bags by Takata Corp expand, a Honda spokeswoman said on Friday.
MILAN (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said on Thursday it had launched an expected share offer and a $2.5 billion mandatory convertible bond as it seeks to reduce its mounting debt pile and fund an ambitious five-year investment plan.