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Oil at $100 a Barrell?

| Apr 29, 2005
Soaring crude oil costs have sweetened profits at major oil companies, but have left other businesses and consumers troubled. This week, President Bush called on Congress to pass his energy bill, which he claims will increase supplies of oil and energy. But can more refineries really curb rising oil prices? Author Stephen Leeb offers a different scenario.

Educating Rico: Currency Exchange

| Apr 29, 2005
In our latest installment of Educating Rico, our protagonist plans a summer vacation. But before he packs his bags, and a calculator, he decides to get schooled on foreign exchange rates.

Trains, Bikes and Automobiles... Commuting in America

| Apr 29, 2005
Sales of hybrid cars almost doubled last year, according to one study released last Monday. Toyota's Prius dominates the U.S. market, accounting for roughly 65 percent of hybrid purchases. Some say higher gas prices are pushing drivers to consider cars with better gas mileage. But what would it take for you to get out of your car completely? Marketplace reporter Jeff Tyler hit the road to find out.

The rising Yuan

| Apr 29, 2005
Today the Japanese yen rose to a one month high against the dollar. But what's driving that surge is "Made in China". Investors are betting that China's currency (the Yuan) is about to rise in value, taking the yen and other Asian currencies with it. Beijing has signaled it may be about to do what the US has been pressuring it to do for a while: revalue its currency. Is this a serious opportunity to take a position in the currency markets and make a bundle? Beijing Bureau Chief Jocelyn Ford reports.
Posted In: Canada

The Plaza closes

| Apr 29, 2005
F. Scott Fitzgerald waded fully clothed into its fountain. Frank Lloyd Wright and Judy Garland called it home. And of course there's Eloise, the fictional heroine who survived on its room service. Tomorrow the Plaza, one of New York's best known hotels, will shut its doors. And when it reopens sometime next year, it will be a very different place. Alisa Roth reports on why so many grand New York hotels are becoming very different places.

The week on Wall Street

| Apr 29, 2005
Time to check the week on Wall Street with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.
Posted In: Wall Street

Vietnam: 30 years later

| Apr 29, 2005
Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and the end of the Vietnam War. But not the end of the Vietnam saga. 30 years on, the U-S is now one of the largest foreign investors in Vietnam. In fact, last year, trade between the U-S and Vietnam was worth $7-billion dollars.David Brown talks with Raymond Burghardt, ambassador to Vietnam from 2001 until last year.
Posted In: Canada

Wanted: The next "Q"

| Apr 29, 2005
A high tech mastermind with a wild imagination. The mission: to develop James Bond-style equipment for spies. Discretion requested. Those interested should apply to Her Majesty's Government. What's this all about? From London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard has been gathering intelligence.
Posted In: Science

CEO buddies

| Apr 29, 2005
CEOs of competing companies are supposed to be sworn enemies, right? Well, that might not be the best business strategy. New research finds that there are a lot of benefits for CEOs who befriend their rivals. Hillary Wicai reports on one such tandem.

Matza moolah

| Apr 29, 2005
Passover wraps up this weekend. Israel's matza industry makes most of its "dough" -- $22 million a year -- during this time. But the country has only one supplier of kosher flour left. Nancy Updike reports Israel wants to end the monopoly, but faces an uphill battle.

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