NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended sharply higher on Thursday, with a rally in technology stocks leading the Nasdaq to a 15-year high, while a ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine also eased tensions.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greece agreed on Thursday to talk to its creditors about the way out of its hated international bailout in a political climbdown that could prevent its new leftist-led government running out of money as early as next month.
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's push to persuade workers at its Beaumont, Texas refinery to sign a five-year contract, nearly twice as long as the last one, is part of an effort to avert labor stoppages during a possible expansion that could make it the largest such plant in the United States, sources familiar with refinery operations said.
BOSTON (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co will become the largest company to hold an online-only annual shareholder meeting this March, joining a trend toward virtual conferences that some activists worry keeps CEOs off the hotseat.
(Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc has arranged financing for a potential bid for bowel-drug maker Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd , Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
DETROIT/NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Motors Co has turned to two investment banks to help it come up with a response to a shareholder group demanding $8 billion in stock buybacks and a seat on the board of the No. 1 U.S. automaker, the company told Reuters.