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MarketWatch for Monday, October 28, 2013

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Monday, October 28, 2013 ...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Monday, October 28,  2013 ... 

The Nikkei jumped 308 points today in trading in Tokyo.
On Wall Street, the Dow rose 61 points by the close Friday.
And the Nasdaq added 14.


Dozens of major corporations are set to reveal earnings reports in the coming days.

Some of the higher profile companies include Facebook, drug maker Merck and coffee giant Starbucks.

Apple's profit report is expected to be one of the highlights of the week. Billionaire investor, Carl Icahn, is pressuring Apple to use some of its mounds of cash to buy back a huge chunk of its own stock. Some analysts expect Apple may announce another huge stock buy back or increase its dividend payout when it reports earnings.

On Friday, better than expected profits from Microsoft and Amazon helped the markets end the week on a positive note.

Retail sales data for September that were delayed because of the partial government shutdown will be released on Oct. 29. We'll see if the gridlock in Washington made shoppers cautious about their spending.

Beer companies are targeting women in hopes of brewing up some new business.

SAB Miller, the world's second largest brewer, is testing a new line of lighter and sweeter beers. Executives  are also planning new ad campaigns geared towards women.
In Europe and the U.S. women make up rougly a fifth of all beer sales.



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