MarketWatch for Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Published 02/05 2014 12:41PM

Updated 02/05 2014 12:43PM

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning,  Wednesday, February 5, 2014....

The Nikkei is up 172 points today in Tokyo.
On Wall Street, the Dow is up 72 points.
And the Nasdaq climbed 34.

Stocks bounced back from Monday's steep sell-off. Some investors went hunting for bargains after the biggest decline in stock prices in seven months.

It's a big day for Twitter. The social media site reports its first earnings as a public company later today.

JP Morgan Chase will pay nearly $1.5 million to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit. The suit accuses the company of creating a hostile work environment for female mortgage bankers at its office outside Columbus, Ohio. The settlement money will be divided among sixteen women who worked at the bank's call center.

Target will invest $100 million to upgrade its security software after last year's massive computer hacking at its stores. The retailer plans to use an advanced chip-based credit card technology that is widely used in Europe and considered safer than the magnetic strips commonly used in the U.S.

The Wall Street Journal reports RadioShack plans to close about 500 of its 4,500 stores. The electronics retailer would not comment on the report. Radio Shack is trying to update its image and even bought an ad for this year's Super Bowl.

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