From the Wires

Target to offer free holiday shipping

WSJ: The retailer hopes the offer will lead to more completed online transactions.

Caterpillar gains after raising forecast

Bloomberg: The construction equipment-maker's shares rose 5.1% to $99.35.

Dow Chemical profit up 44%

Forbes: The U.S. chemical maker reported $14.4 billion in revenue, up 5% from the same period last year.

Boeing profit jumps 18%

Reuters: Quarterly profit increased, but shares of the Chicago-based aerospace and defense giant fell 1.5% in early trading.

Verizon posts higher Q3 revenue

Reuters: The largest U.S. wireless carrier added 1.5 million postpaid subscribers, or those who pay for service after use.

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

NYT: The South African track star was sentenced for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

IBM to pay Globalfoundries to take chip unit

Reuters: The tech giant will pay the contract-chipmaker $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take its loss-making semiconductor unit off its hands.

Spotify introduces family plan

TIME: Spotify Family allows up to five family members to subscribe to the digital streaming music service under one billing account.

GE profit rises 11%

NYT: General Electric reported net profit of $3.5 billion.

Google profits slide 5%

BBC: The Internet giant reported Q3 profits of $2.8 billion.

HBO to launch streaming service

WSJ: Time Warner Inc. said HBO would launch the stand-alone, online streaming version of its service in 2015.

Mattel sales decline for fourth straight quarter

Reuters: The toymaker's shares fell as much as 6% after the company announced that worldwide sales of Barbie dropped 21% at the end of Q3.

Converse sues to protect Chuck Taylor All Stars

NYT: The century-old American footwear maker has accused 31 companies of trademark infringement in 22 separate lawsuits.