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MarketWatch for Monday, March 24, 2014

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Monday, March 24, 2014...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning,  Monday, March 24, 2014...

The Nikkei is up 251 points today in Tokyo.
On Wall Street, the Dow fell 28 points on Friday.
The Nasdaq lost 43.


Reports on consumer confidence are due in the coming days… and investors will find out how new homes are selling. The brutal winter hurt home sales, 
keeping many potential buyers from going out to look at homes.   The National Association for Business Economics says most economists surveyed said that the bad weather cut growth in the early part of the year to a rate of 1 point 9 percent.  But they think growth will be stronger by the year's end.

Two well-known restaurants are seeing fewer customers come through the door.
The company that owns both Olive Garden and Red Lobster says quarterly profits are down.
Slower business is one reason why, but Red Lobster is dealing with another problem.
Shrimp costs are up and that's causing a large cut in profits at the seafood restaurant.

The Vatican is taking another step towards the digital age.
A Japanese tech firm has been hired to digitize the massive Vatican library.
The library contains hundreds of thousands of books and manuscripts that date back to the second century.
The company plans to scan some 41 million pages - a project that will take several years to complete.


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