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MarketWatch for Wednesday, September 25, 2013

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Wednesday, September 25, 2013...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Wednesday, September 25, 2013...

The Nikkei is down 112.08 to 14,620.53.
The Dow is also down 66.69 to 15,334.59.
The Nasdaq is up 2.97 to 3,768.25.

Wall Street is hoping to rebound today following four straight days of losses on the Dow and S&P 500. Investors got news this morning from the Commerce Department that U.S. factories received slightly more orders last month. The tenth of a percent increase was partly driven by demand for autos.

The Department of Transportation is facing a lawsuit filed today by consumer advocates for repeatedly delaying a rule that would require backup cameras in new cars sold in the U.S. The rule was supposed to be implemented in 2011, but was pushed to 2015. Consumer advocates say the cameras could have prevented hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries.

Samsung is looking to stay ahead of the competition by introducing a smartphone with a curved display next month. The global smartphone leader made the announcement today in South Korea.

And a bit of a scary retail forecast this Halloween. The National Retail Federation released a survey that says fewer people will celebrate the holiday this year and that they'll spend less. About 158 million people plan to take part in Halloween activities this year -- down from 170 million last year. They're expected to spend an average of $75.


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