Thursday's gains marked the second day in a row the S&P 500 has risen more than two per cent. Such a two-day streak has not happened since 2002.
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for January delivery tumbled US$2.36 to finish at US$54.11 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was the lowest price since early May 2009.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day visit marks the 15th anniversary of the handover of Macau from Portugal to China.
The strikes were "part of degrading ISIL's ability to conduct command and control" of their forces, the official said, using an alternative acronym for the group.
While Cagliari remain in the relegation zone after seeing their run without a win extended to eight games, Juventus are now four points clear of nearest challengers Roma.
And, as Hollywood scandal threatened to escalate into geopolitical crisis, Sony defended its decision to cancel the release of "The Interview," a movie about a fictional CIA plot to kill Kim Jong-un.
The internationally acclaimed author offered Sony Pictures US$100,000 via Twitter, to own the movie that is believed to have sparked the cyber-theft of large amounts of the movie studio's confidential information.
The A380 is to enter commercial service on Dec 27 with a flight to London Heathrow, while Etihad's first 787 flight will land in Duesseldorf in Germany on Feb 1 next year.
Prime Now delivery offers tens of thousands of common items such as batteries, towels and shampoo that could be ordered using Amazon applications on mobile devices powered by Apple or Android software.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been suspended for one match, fined £25,000 and ordered to attend to an education course after making racist and anti-semitic comments.