California-based flooring company F5 Finishes Inc. has filed for an initial public offering, seeking to sell $50.6 million worth of shares, according to a Friday filing. F5 said it expects the stock will price between $9 and $11 a share. The company was founded in 2007 and was inactive until 2017 when it was “repurposed”

The White House on Friday slammed House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry anew and made clear it won’t participate in a Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday. “House Democrats have wasted enough of America’s time with this charade,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone told Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler in a two-paragraph letter. Cipollone called the inquiry “completely

U.S. stocks closed solidly higher Friday, helping to wipe out or chip away at weekly losses, after an key employment report for November ignited bullish buying on Wall Street, adding to some modest progress toward a partial Sino-American trade agreement. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 337 points, or 1.2%, to reach 28,015, the S&P

Oil futures settled higher on Friday, with U.S. prices up more than 7% for the week to mark their highest weekly percentage climb since June. Prices got a lift after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies announced an agreement to cut production by an additional 500,000 barrels a day starting in

General Electric Co. said Friday it will pay a quarterly dividend of a penny a share, which means the industrial conglomerate will be keeping it at that lowered rate for over a year. The dividend will be payable Jan. 27 to shareholders of record on Dec. 23. GE’s stock was up 2.0% in afternoon trading.

Gold prices fell by more than 1% on Friday, as better-than-expected November growth in U.S. jobs supported a rise in the stock market and the dollar, dulling haven demand for the precious metal. February gold lost $18, or 1.2%, to settle at $1,465.10 an ounce, with prices for the most-active contract losing roughly 0.5% for

Baker Hughes on Friday reported that the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil fell by five to 663 this week. That followed declines in each of the last six weeks. The total active U.S. rig count, meanwhile, also fell by three to 799, according to Baker Hughes. Oil prices held onto their earlier

Shares of 3M Co. ran up 3.8% in midday trading Friday, enough to pace the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s gainers, after Bloomberg reported that the consumer and industrial products conglomerate is exploring the sale of its drug delivery systems business. 3M’s stock price gain of $6.28 was adding about 43 points to the Dow, which

Shares of Cassava Sciences Inc. jumped 24% on positive data from a mid-stage trial for its experimental Alzheimer’s disease drug, PTI-125. The data, which found that the therapy reduced cerebrospinal fluid and plasma biomarkers for Alzheimer’s, was released Dec. 5 at the Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease meeting in San Diego. Biogen also released somewhat

Shares of Plug Power Inc. bounced 1.3% in very active trading Friday, putting them on track to snap a five-day losing streak, after the fuel cell technology company announced the pricing of its public stock offering. Trading volume swelled to over 17.3 million shares, already well above the full-day average of about 9.9 million shares.