Mid-day Update - Most Commented
Jul 24, 2012
The 2012 Olympic Games begin in London on Friday, but already a venerable Olympic sport is underway: The Brits are arguing about the costs and benefits of the event, which set them back at least $15 billion so far. Speaking of $15 billion, China's government-controlled oil company, CNOOC, is snapping up Nexen of Canada for just as much. Nexen is big in the oil sands of Alberta and the Gulf of Mexico. And as this summer's drought shows no signs of letting up, many farmers are worried about the future of their crops -- but in other states, farmers see nothing but green.
Jul 23, 2012
There seems to be a major case of the "Mondays" going on in Europe, as Spain struggles with a new round of troubles. As the 19th International AIDS Conference gets underway in Washington, D.C., it is clear that we've reached a critical juncture in the AIDS fight. And Teach for America, the program that recruits recent college grads to work in underperforming schools, is making a push into the political arena. Former TFA grads already have won seats in state houses and on local school boards.
Jul 20, 2012
Two years after the Dodd-Frank Law was enacted, many in the banking sector are still grumbling about the change in regulation. How does that compare to when the rules change in another American pastime: Baseball? Schlumberger and Baker Hughes help big oil drill. But their business is softening as some drillers pull back due to the economic slowdown.
Jul 19, 2012
It appears more of the world's largest banks are getting roped into allegations of fraud. Four big European banks have joined Barclays in the not-so-prestigious club of financial institutions being investigated for rigging a benchmark lending rate called LIBOR. Of course, this banking scandal comes on the heels of the monster JP Morgan trade-gone-bad, which has cost the bank billions of dollars. What can be done to keep these problems from happening? And more than a dozen top-tier universities are signing on to a plan that will make college more affordable -- by offering some of their courses online for free.
Jul 18, 2012
There's a growing sense among economists that the housing market has finally hit bottom, as home prices and home sales have been stabilizing in many places. There's a new report out today that's got one explanation for why companies aren't hiring the people they want to hire: A visa program to bring in the best and brightest from around the world is capped. And overseas, India has lost its ranking as the country with the most upbeat consumers, according to Nielsen. But it wasn't long ago that many thought India's growth rates could surpass those of its long-time rival, China.
Jul 17, 2012
Yahoo has its fifth CEO in five years. This time around, the company has selected a woman named Marissa Mayer, who has spent the last 13 years as an executive at Google. The ailing tech company reports earnings today, as does another big tech company, Intel. And the Hue-Man bookstore, the largest African-American bookstore in the country, will be close its doors at the end of this month, citing rising rents and a changing industry as primary factors.
Jul 16, 2012
Grocery stores and merchants of all kinds will be sorting through the fine print this morning following a major credit card settlement that was announced late Friday. Visa, Mastercard and some big banks agreed to pay $6.6 billion to end a fight over fees they charge retailers. Microsoft has called a mystery news conference today. And the speculation is that the company will unveil new features for its software suite Office 15. And under the assumption that the Affordable Care Act will go into full effect, Northern Arizona's community health centers are anticipating a jump in demand.
Jul 13, 2012
It's second-quarter earnings day for JPMorgan Chase. Profit number aside, many are focused on how big a trading loss the bank suffered from the so-called 'whale' in its London office. Europe's economic crisis is hammering the euro's value, but bad news for Europe is great for American travelers. And this weekend, Santa Fe, New Mexico, hosts the world's largest folk art market. Artisans from Afghanistan to Peru come to sell their crafts -- but they can also get business training to take them to the next level.
Jul 12, 2012
There are new figures out this morning about the number of foreclosures in the U.S. in the first half of this year, and they may shed some light on the so-far elusive housing recovery. For the past few years, China has had a much higher economic growth rates than we're seeing in the U.S., but when it releases its latest GDP figures tomorrow, forecasters are expecting the worst growth in three years. And another big warship, the USS Iowa, has opened for tourists in San Pedro, California. It's one of dozens of decommissioned ships that operate as museums around the country.
Jul 11, 2012
In Ceder Falls, Iowa, the brokerage firm Peregrine Financial filed to liquidate under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code amid accusations from federal regulators that Peregrine misused customer funds. In Washington today, the House Agriculture Committee is set to take up the Farm Bill -- which sounds like legislation that's all about farming, but in fact about three-quarters of it goes to fund food stamps and other nutrition programs. And in today's Money Matters segment, we focus on the financial decisions that families face when caring for an elderly relative.