MarketWatch - Thursday, July 17, 2014

Published 07/17 2014 06:23AM

Updated 07/17 2014 06:45AM

If you're keeping on top of the markets this morning,  Thursday, July 17, 2014....

The Nikkei is down 10 points today in Tokyo.
The Dow closed up 77.5 points Wednesday.
The Nasdaq gained 9.5.

Despite historic recalls and a PR nightmare over ignition switch problems, people did not stop buying GM cars over the last few months.
General Motors saw a rise in its second quarter sales, 2.5 million vehicles sold worldwide, mostly in the U.S. and China.
But the Detroit automaker is still getting bumped out of second place in the global auto sales race by Volkswagen.
Toyota remains in first place.

Bank of America is back at the negotiating table with the Department of Justice regarding a mortgage securities settlement.
The nation's second largest bank saw its stock price decline Wednesday- because of ongoing litigation costs and a drop in its second quarter profit.

How about a Tesla for $35,000?
That's what the company says is coming in 2017 in the form of a model 3, designed to rival the new electric BMW 3 series.

And air pollution is so bad in China, Coca-Cola is offering its expat employees an "environmental hardship allowance" - it's a 15 percent bonus just for breathing China's air, which is reported to be 25 percent worse than what the U.S. considers safe.

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