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Marketwatch for Thursday, September 5, 2013

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Thursday, September 5, 2013...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Thursday, September 5, 2013...

The Nikkei is up 11 points today in Tokyo.
On Wall Street, the Dow jumped nearly 97 points Wednesday.
And the Nasdaq climbed 36.

Strong demand for pickup trucks and small cars helped automakers post double digit sales gains last month. Toyota led the way with a 23 percent jump in sales and Nissan had its best August in the company's history with a 22 percent rise in sales. A rally in auto stocks helped ignite a buying spree on Wall Street.

We'll see if the rally can continue today. Traders are closely watching developments related to syria and they're also looking ahead to Friday, when the government releases the August jobs report.

Procter and Gamble is trying to attract shoppers on a budget. It will introduce a lower priced version of tide next year.  P&G already has 56 percent of the laundry detergent market.

And retail experts say Samsung's newest gadget could be a must-have gift for the holidays. The company unveiled its galaxy gear digital wristwatch Wednesday.  It's  synched to your smartphone so you can make a call without taking out your phone and receive and send messages on the 2 inch screen. The smartwatch will sell for about 300 dollars and debuts just weeks ahead of a similar product expected from rival, apple.

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