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MarketWatch for Wednesday, August 14, 2013

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Wednesday, August 14, 2013...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Wednesday, August 14, 2013...

The Nikkei is up 183 points today in Tokyo trading.
The Dow gained 31 points Tuesday.
The Nasdaq  added 14

On Wall Street, stocks rose after a small uptick in retail sales last month.

Airline stocks sank  after the U.S. Justice Department grounded the proposed merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways. The government filed an unexpected lawsuit to block the $11 billion  corporate marriage, saying the deal would hurt consumers and lead to higher fares and fees and fewer choices.

More U.S. flights were on-time in the first six months of this year  compared to last year and fewer airlines canceled flights. But more carriers lost luggage in that same time. Once again, Hawaiian airlines had the most on-time flights while American Eagle had the least.

Coca-Cola is defending its diet soda. The beverage giant will run its first newspaper ad today touting the safety of artificial sweeteners commonly known as Nutrasweet. Coca-Cola is trying to stem the slide in sales of diet sodas, which are falling at a faster rate than regular sodas.

A new study finds the percentage of women in the U.S. workforce hasn't change in the past 25 years. About 74 percent of women ages 25-54 currently participate in the U.S. labor force.  That is little changed since 1990 and far behind many other developed countries. Experts say a big part of the problem is the lack of family-friendly labor laws in the U.S.


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