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<a href=http://news.gallup.com/poll/221060/americans-best-holiday-shopping-mood-years.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication target=_blank >Americans in Best Holiday Shopping Mood in Years</a>

Americans have big plans for holiday gift buying this year; their average spending projection of $906 is the highest since 2007.

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<a href=http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/ngMpWtuAl7s/sales-of-u-s-pickups-lift-ford-profit-self-driving-test-set-for-18-idUSKBN1CV1PJ target=_blank >Sales of U.S. pickups lift Ford profit; self-driving test set for '18</a>

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly net profit on Thursday, driven largely by U.S. sales of its high-margin pickup trucks, and said it would begin to test self-driving cars in some cities next year.

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<a href=http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/gsX0N4sb5i8/twitter-says-could-turn-first-ever-profit-shares-jump-idUSKBN1CV1JP target=_blank >Twitter says could turn first-ever profit, shares jump</a>

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Thursday it may become profitable for the first time next quarter after slashing expenses over the past year and diversifying its advertising-heavy revenue by ramping up deals to sell its data to other companies.

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<a href=http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/N8B6KgK_bbM/dow-advances-at-open-celgene-holds-back-sp-nasdaq-idUSKBN1CU1KU target=_blank >Dow advances at open; Celgene holds back S&P, Nasdaq</a>

(Reuters) – The Dow Industrials forged ahead at the open on Thursday, driven by gains across sectors, but losses in Celgene held back the two other major Wall Street indexes in one of the busiest days of third-quarter earnings.

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<a href=http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/qqr85ExhfbY/amazons-bold-spending-to-be-closely-watched-in-latest-results-idUSKBN1CV28U target=_blank >Amazon's bold spending to be closely watched in latest results</a>

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s audacious spending on original TV shows and movies, its cloud business and an ever-expanding core retail operations, will be closely watched by investors when the retail giant reports results on Thursday.

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<a href=http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/I1wM2cu05VA/u-s-pending-home-sales-flat-in-september-idUSKBN1CV29G target=_blank >U.S. pending home sales flat in September</a>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Contracts to buy previously owned homes were flat in September and activity declined on an annual basis for the fifth time in the last six months as demand for properties continued to exceed supply.

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<a href=http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/7X9_FhvN1gQ/u-s-october-new-vehicle-sales-seen-down-4-pct-on-year-j-d-power-and-lmc-idUSKBN1CV20A target=_blank >U.S. October new vehicle sales seen down 4 pct on year: J.D. Power and LMC</a>

DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. auto sales in October likely fell close to 4 percent from the same month in 2016, though automakers’ sales were buoyed by replacement of storm-damaged vehicles and record-high consumer discounts, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Thursday.

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<a href=http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/RdBcT-z6ToU/u-s-jobless-claims-rise-modestly-as-labor-market-tightens-idUSKBN1CV1X9 target=_blank >U.S. jobless claims rise modestly as labor market tightens</a>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased less than expected last week, suggesting the labor market continued to tighten after recent hurricane-related disruptions.

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<a href=http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/j7PbZJzEPKc/alphabet-looks-to-snowy-michigan-to-test-self-driving-cars-idUSKBN1CV1SN target=_blank >Alphabet looks to snowy Michigan to test self-driving cars</a>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit Waymo is expanding winter testing as it works to address a potential blind spot for autonomous vehicles: snowy and icy conditions.

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<a href=http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/iHPk6boLcMA/consumer-groups-join-conservatives-against-att-deal-for-time-warner-idUSKBN1CV1T0 target=_blank >Consumer groups join conservatives against AT&T deal for Time Warner</a>

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Seven groups ranging from the Tea Party Patriots to liberal consumer groups warned against AT&T’s plan to buy Time Warner in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying the deal could give one company too much power over what Americans see on television.

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