MarketWatch for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

By CBS News

Published 04/09 2014 08:45AM

Updated 04/09 2014 08:50AM

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning,  Wednesday, April 9, 2014...

The Nikkei is down 307 points today in Tokyo.
On Wall Street, the Dow gained 10 points Tuesday.
The Nasdaq was up 33.

Earnings season gets under way this week,
Retailer Bed, Bath & Beyond will relase earnings today.
Financials JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo will release results Friday.

It's a sign that hiring could improve in the coming months.
The Labor Department says employers advertised 4.2 million job openings. That's up 7.7 percent from January and it's the highest number of postings since january, 2008.
There are still roughly 2.5 unemployed Americans for each open job.

General Motors says it's investing big bucks to build the next generation Chevy Volt.
The company says it will spend $449-million in two Detroit-area factories to build the electric car.

Bacon prices are on the rise - and the cause may be a new virus.
It has killed millions of pigs--threatening pork production and pushing up prices at least 10 percent.
Scientest say they think the virus came from china and does not infect humans or other animals.

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