MarketWatch for Thursday, April 24, 2014

Published 04/24 2014 05:43AM

Updated 04/24 2014 05:45AM

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Thursday, April 24,  2014...

The Nikkei fell 141 points today in trading in Japan.
On Wall Street, stocks slipped after a six day rally with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing down 13.
The Nasdaq lost 34.

The number of Americans buying new homes fell in march to the slowest pace in eight months. New home sales were down more than 14-percent - a sign that the usually strong spring buying season is off to a slow start. Sales were particularly weak in the Midwest, south and west but rebounded in the northeast where extreme winter weather kept many buyers at home.

Apple has approved another $30-billion stock buy-back and cleared the way for a rarely seen seven for one stock split. The move comes after calls for the tech giant to share more of it's cash and broaden the stocks appeal to individual investors. The company is also reporter a 4.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue -- beating Wall Street's expectations.

And Facebook more than beat Wall Street's expectations with nearly triple the earnings and a sharp rise in revenue in the first quarter. In January through March, Facebook's advertising revenue soared  82 percent. Shares of the world's largest social network were up by almost 4-percent in extended trading.

And the First Lady has set her sights on finding jobs for veterans. Michelle Obama launched a new online veterans employment center during a jobs summit at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The new website will help veterans create resumes, connect with employers and join a database of veterans looking for work.

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