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MarketWatch for Wednesday, September 4, 2013

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Wednesday, September 4, 2013...
If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning, Wednesday, September 4, 2013...

The Nikkei is up 75 points today in Japan.
On Wall Street, the Dow pulled back from a triple digit rally to close about 24 points higher Tuesday.
And the Nasdaq added 23.

An early rally faded on Wall Street after after key U.S.officials backed President Obama's plan to take military action against Syria. 

Oil prices shot higher on that news. Crude topped $108 a barrel. Syria is not a major oil producer, but fears of a wider conflict in the area pushed oil prices higher.

Later today the Federal Reserve will release its latest assessment of the economy and major automakers will post their August sales numbers.

Yankee Candle will soon have a new owner. Jarden -- the company that owns brands including Crock-Pot® and Mr. Coffee is buying Yankee Candle for $1.75 billion. The deal will expand Jarden's product offerings and put Yankee Candles in more retail stores.

Google is partnering with Hershey for its latest tech product. The company will name its 4.4 version Kit Kat, after the candy bar. There's no word on how much Google had to pay Hershey to use the name. Hershey says Kit Kat's jingle is a good fit for people taking a break to look at their smartphones or tablets. The Android 4.4 Kit Kat system is expected to launch in October.

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