Boeing Co. shares added to losses Friday after Reuters reported that instant messages from 2016 suggest the company misled the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the 737 Max safety. The FAA turned over the messages to U.S. lawmakers and the Department of Transportation inspector general, according to reports. The 737 Max planes have been grounded worldwide

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Friday midday was trading at session lows, with shares of Johnson & Johnson and Boeing delivering the biggest headwind to the blue-chip gauge. The Dow was off 206 points, or 0.8%, at 26,802, with shares of J&J cutting about 45 points from the index. The S&P 500 index was down

Oracle Corp. confirmed on Friday that its former co-chief executive Mark Hurd has died at age 62. Hurd had taken a medical leave in September, leaving Chief Executive Safra Catz alone at the helm of the software giant. Hurd had a long career in tech and left HP’s chief-executive role in 2010 due to sexual-harassment

The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday midday was trading at session lows, with shares of Johnson & Johnson delivering the biggest headwind to the blue-chip gauge. The Dow was off 120 points, or 0.5%, at 26,906, with shares of J&J cutting about 42 points from the index. The S&P 500 index was down 0.4%

Credit Suisse analysts went on a downgraded spree in the retail sector, lowering Macy’s Inc. , Gap Inc. and Victoria’s Secret parent company L Brands Inc. to underperform from neutral based on analyst forecasts that weak recent trends will continue through the holiday season. L Brands stock slumped 8% after the downgrade, Gap stock slumped

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida on Friday said the economy is facing “evident” risks, while inflation remains muted. In a speech in Washington, Clarida didn’t say much about what action the central bank may take at its meeting in two weeks in light of the risks and low inflation. He stressed interest-rate policy was

Sanofi announced Friday a recall of over-the-counter heartburn medication Zantac in the U.S. and Canada, because of possible contamination with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is believed to cause cancer. The U.S.-listed stock fell 0.9% in morning trading. Sanofi said it was working with health authorities to determine the level and extent of the recall. The recall

Walmart Inc. disclosed Friday that it will record a $2.2 billion charge to earnings, after the retail behemoth’s U.K. subsidiary Asda Group Ltd. announced a plan to secure the benefits of members of Asda’s pension. Walmart and Asda said the plan secures a £3.8 billion ($4.9 billion) “buy-in” in anticipation of a full “buy-out” of

Shares of Altria Group Inc. rose before paring those gains, after Citigroup upgraded the stock to neutral from sell and said it expects cigarettes will benefit from the negative publicity and regulatory crackdown that has been sparked by the vaping-related lung illness that has swept the U.S. The disease has killed at least 33 people

Beyond Meat Inc. stock fell 5.2% in Friday trading after the plant-based meat company was initiated at sell at CFRA with a $120 12-month target. Analyst Arun Sundaram expects Beyond Meat to face increased competition from large food companies. Tyson Foods Inc. and Kellogg Co. are among the businesses that have entered the space with