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MarketWatch for Tuesday, October 15, 2013

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Tuesday, October 15, 2013...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning,  Tuesday, October 15, 2013... 

The Nikkei is up 37 points today in Tokyo.
On Wall Street, the Dow closed up 64 points Monday.
And the Nasdaq rose 23.

The stock market was down earlier  in the day after negotiations between the White House and congressional Republicans broke down over the weekend. With the U.S. hitting it's debt limit by Thursday, investors fear the government could default on it's debts in the coming weeks. President Obama spent Monday afternoon in meetings with congressional leaders in the hopes of breaking the fiscal impasse.

The U.S. government began it's third week of a partial shut-down because House Republicans want to add conditions to a budget bill that would alter the country's new health care plan.
This morning, corporate earnings reports for Coca Cola, Johnson and Johnson And Citigroup will impact Wall Street while Netfix rose on a Wall Street Journal report that the video streaming service is in talks to provide it's service to cable providers.
And Amtrak is reporting a record number of passengers rode the rails this year in spite of a service interruption during Super Storm Sandy. More than 31-million people boarded Amtrak trains adding up to more than $2-billion in ticket sales.

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