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MarketWatch for Tuesday, February 11, 2014

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Tuesday, February 11, 2014....
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning,  Tuesday, February 11, 2014....


The Nikkei is up 256 points today in Tokyo.
On Wall Street, the Dow ended up the day by 8 points Monday.
And the Nasdaq added 22.

This morning the new head of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen,  will give her first testimony before Congress. Analyst say the market is likely to remain in a holding pattern until after Yellen speaks.

The price of regular gasoline is going down in the U.S.  The average price has fallen 2 cents a gallon in the past two weeks to $3.29.
Last year around this time gas was 30 cents higher. Experts say the price probably won't drop more than a nickel unless crude oil prices plunge.

The FDA is warning consumers to stay away from Uncle Ben's Infused Rice products sold in 5 and 25 pound bags.  Federal, state and local officials have been investigating a cluster of illnesses in Texas, Illinois and North Dakota that may be linked to the rice. The products are sold to food service companies that typically distribute to restaurants, schools and hospitals. Symptoms include rash, headache, nausea, and skin flushing.

The new CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, will get a pay package worth more than $14 million.  GM released details about her salary to counter stories that Barra would be paid less than former CEO Dan Akerson. The chairman of GM says Barra's salary is in line with her peer group and her salary is weighted so that most of it is based on company performance.


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