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MarketWatch for Wednesday, October 16, 2013

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Wednesday, October 16, 2013...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning,  Wednesday, October 16, 2013... 

The Nikkei is up 26 points today in trading in Japan.
On Wall Street, the Dow closed down 133 points Tuesday.
And the Nasdaq fell 21.

Stocks fell Wednesday as Wall Street continued to watch the negotiations in Washington over the debt ceiling and government shutdown.  With the deadline looming, Fitch ratings put the U.S. government's Triple-A credit rating on a negative watch. 

Retail giant Walmart says it plans to open more small stores in response to customers demand for convenience. The plan, announced at their annnual shareholders meeting will cut costs and address pressure from market competition including online retailer Amazon. Walmart currently operates more than 4,000 stores -- most of them Supercenters. The company sees their smaller locations like Walmart Express as an area for potential growth.

And Ashton Kutcher tops the Forbes list of TV's highest paid actors. The "Two And a Half Men" star earned $24-million between May 2011 and May 2012. Kutcher has also become a profilic tech investor with early investments in internet companies like Foursquare, the mobile social network; and Path, a photo-sharing application.

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