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MarketWatch for Tuesday, July 30, 2013

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Nikkei is up 209 points today in Tokyo.
The Dow slipped nearly 37 points Monday.
The Nasdaq fell 14.


The Federal Reserve kicks off a two day meeting in Washington today. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke will hold a news conference after the meeting wraps up Wednesday.  Investors will be listening for fresh clues about a timetable for the Fed to begin phasing out its stimulus program. Bernanke has said the Fed will likely begin reducing its bond buying progam later this year depending on the strength of the economic recovery.

Wall Street is also focused on the labor market this week. The government will release the July jobs report on Friday.

BMW is the first luxury automaker to enter the electric car market. The German company is using carbon-fiber materials to keep the car's weight down and improve driving performance. The new I-3 electric compact goes from zero to 60 in about seven seconds and has range of up to 100 miles. The BMW electric car rolls into U.S. showrooms next year starting at about $46,000.

Your weight could determine your higher education choices. A new study finds that being overweight may lower your odds of getting into graduate school. The survey found that heavier grad school candidates who were asked to do a face-to face interview had lower admission rates than thinner applicants and overweight applicants who didn't have to do in-person interviews.


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