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MarketWatch for Wednesday, April 29, 2014

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Wednesday, April 29, 2014...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Wednesday, April 29, 2014...

The Nikkei is up 16 points today in trading in Japan.
On Wall Street, the Dow gained 86 points Tuesday.
The Nasdaq was up 29.

Stock prices were higher again Tuesday with more U.S. companies reporting strong corporate earnings. Merck, and Ameriprise Financial both beat Wall Street's expectations.

The Federal Reserve began a two day meeting Tuesday with most economists expecting the fed to further reduce it's bond buying program by an additional $10 billion a month. The fed's stimulus program has helped fuel a five year rally in stocks.
 
Music lovers listen up -- cellphone carrier Sprint is offering a free six month subscription to Spotify -- a subscription music service based in Sweden. Spotify gives users unlimited online and mobile access to some 20-million songs and normally costs $10 a month. Spotify has 24-million users worldwide with more than 6 million paying subscribers.
 
Target is overhauling its security system after a massive pre-Christmas data breach affected 40 million debit and credit card users.The company plans to spend 100 million dollars to roll out chip based credit card technology in nearly all of it's 1,800 locations.
The retail giant has appointed Bob Derodes as its new chief information officer. Derodes previously worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 


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