MarketWatch for Tuesday, March 4, 2014

By CBS News

Published 03/04 2014 07:48AM

Updated 03/04 2014 07:51AM

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning,  Tuesday, March 4, 2014...

The Nikkei is up 69 points today in trading in Tokyo.
On Wall Street, the Dow dropped 154 points Monday.
And the Nasdaq fell 31.

Tension in Ukraine is affecting the markets here in the U.S.
The threat of sanctions by western governments sent investors heading for safer assets, such as gold and bonds.

The Commerce Department finds that Americans spent more in January.
The increase came from a surge in spending on heating bills during the harsh winter.
Spending in areas such as autos and clothing declined.
But once warmer weather arrives, many analysts expect a burst of spending on big-ticket items like cars.

Olive Garden has a plan to win back customers: A new logo and more menu changes. Executives at darden restaurants incorporated, expressed confidence they could bring about a "brand renaissance" at the Italian chain... With a new look and updated menu.
Customer traffic, fell as much as 13 percent at Olive Garden in December.

Officials in New York are pushing for legislation requiring all smart phone manufactures to install a special switch on their devices.
The switch would make a stolen smartphone, tablet or iPad,  useless.
According to officials, one in three robberies and thefts, involves a smartphone in the U.S.

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