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MarketWatch for Friday, December 6, 2013

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Friday, December 6, 2013...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Friday, December 6, 2013...

The Nikkei is up 122 points today in Japan.
On Wall Street, the Dow lost 68 points Thursday.
And the Nasdaq lost 5.


Stocks closed down Thursday for a fifth day on concerns that the U.S. government may begin to taper it's support of the U.S. beconomy.
This morning, investors are awaiting today's monthly employment report from the Labor Department.

And Microsoft shares slipped slightly after Ford CEO Alan Mulally said he plans to stay with Ford through the end of next year. Some investors had hoped he would be named CEO of Microsoft - replacing current CEO Steve Ballmer who is set to retire in August.

General Motors has announced plans to drop the Chevrolet brand in Europe. GM says the move is a result of poor sales in the wake of the economic downturn. The American motor giant will re-focus European resources on their more popular Opel and Vauxhall brands.

And the anonymous customer quickly becoming known as "the big tipper" has struck again. A waitress at Moondogs, a bar in Port Orchard, Washington received a $5,000 tip on a $580 bar tab. The tipper goes by the Twitter handle @tipsforjesus and wishes to remain anonymous.
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