If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Friday, September 20, 2013...
The Nikkei plunged 304 points today in Tokyo.
A possible government shutdown in Washington is looming over Wall Street. The uncertainty gave stocks their first weekly loss since August.
On Wall Street, the Dow fell 70 points by the close Friday.
And the Nasdaq slipped about 6.
We'll get a snapshot of the labor market this week with reports from a private payroll company as well as the government's September unemployment report.
Also, look for the latest figures on construction spending, factory orders and September auto sales.
For the first time, Exxon Mobil will start offering benefits to legally-married same-sex couples. As of January first, the oil giant says it will recognize "all legal marriages" when it determines eligibility for health care plans for its 77,000 U.S. workers. Exxon Mobil is facing a same-sex discrimination suit in illinois. It says its following the government's lead.
Traders will be keeping an eye on JC Penney. The stock is trading below 10 dollars on share on concerns the retailer may run out of cash.
Airline passengers may soon be able to leave their smartphones tablets and other mobile devices "on" during takeoffs and landings. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering easing restrictions on electronic devices. Even with the changes, downloading data, surfing the web and talking on the phone would still be off-limits.
(courtesy CBS News)