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MarketWatch for Tuesday, December 3, 2013

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Tuesday, December 3, 2013 ...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning,  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 ...

The Nikkei is up 95 points today in trading in Tokyo.
On Wall Street, the Dow fell 77 points Monday.
And the Nasdaq dipped 15.
Stocks fell Monday after preliminary figures showed shoppers spent less over the long Thanksgiving weekend for the first time in at least seven years

The days of tax-free online shopping in many states may soon be over. The Supreme Court has declined to get involved in state efforts to force online retailers such as Amazon.com to collect sales tax from customers, even in places where the companies do not have a physical presence. Analysts say the move will likely mean more states will attempt to collect taxes on internet sales.

The November jobs report is due Friday.  That could give investors a better sense of how much longer the Federal Reserve will maintain its massive stimulus program. Other reports this week include auto sales and weekly jobless claims.

Fast food workers in about 100 cities across the country are expected to walk off the job Thursday. They're protesting the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Protesters are calling for $15 an hour.

And Olive Garden restaurant is beefing up its menu. The Italian chain, owned by Darden Restaurants, will add a six ounce burger to its menu. Olive Garden is trying to better compete with other sit-down dining chains like Chilis.


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