MarketWatch - Thursday, July 24, 2014

Published 07/24 2014 07:28AM

Updated 07/24 2014 07:30AM

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

The Nikkei is down 44 points today in trading in Japan.
Wednesday, the Dow fell nearly 47 points.
The Nasdaq was up 17.

More corporations will reveal how much they're making.
Amazon, Starbucks, General Motors and Ford all release quarterly earnings today.
On Wednesday, Facebook said that revenues increased significantly and profits more than doubled.

A trade group says Americans might not shop as much as expected.
The National Retail Federation is cutting back its sales expectations for the year.
The group now predicts sales to rise 3.6 percent, lowering its earlier forecast of 4.1 percent.

The Better Business Bureau has a warning for runners.
Recently the BBB has received several complaints about two different companies that organize 5k runs.
Both have abruptly cancelled running events and sometimes failed to pay participants a refund.
The BBB says before registering for a running event,  you should research the company hosting the event, understand the terms and conditions for refunds, and pay with a credit card because those charges can be easier to dispute than cash.

People of all ages are saving more for retirement.
A study from financial services company Fidelity, found the average IRA contribution reached $4,100 last year, which is an all time high.

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