Mid-day Update - Most Recent
Aug 14, 2013
It takes two quarters of economic shrinking to be called a recession, but just one quarter of growth to end one. What are some of the strategies businesses are using to respond to the fast-growing Latino market? And what are the challenges? And, quiz time: In which category does the U.S. rank first in the Global Competitiveness Report?
Aug 13, 2013
People were, in fact, out shopping and buying during the mid-summer. Mexico is sitting on 87 billion barrels of untapped oil, yet production has dropped 25 percent in the last decade. And, tourism industry leaders say early school start dates cut into attendance and revenues at state fairs and other summer events.
Aug 12, 2013
Checking in with the summer consumer. Big banks are pledging to hire more vets. One Wall Street firm already has. And, AOL hoped to create a viable new model for local news, but now it's planning dramatic cuts to Patch sites and staff.
Aug 9, 2013
JPMorgan is likely to settle with the SEC, but the Whale himself won't be facing any criminal charges -- for now. The Apple-Samsung patent case in front of an appeals court on Friday differs from the Apple-Samsung patent dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission. And, the sequester will cut K-12 school programs like special education and English-as-a-second-language.
Aug 8, 2013
Jobless claims hit lowest level since 2007. Yahoo is rolling out new branding ideas in the days leading up to a new logo launch next month. And, you know who doesn't like legalized weed? The drug cartels. And the federal government.
Aug 7, 2013
Freddie Mac just posted its second largest profit in history. The offshore-drilling giant Transocean is tied in with BP in the public imagination because of its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe but is stronger than ever today. And, with limited maternity leave, many teachers try to have their babies during the summer break.
Aug 6, 2013
After a long winning streak, the price of gold has been going down. Why would an internet mogul like Jeff Bezos buy a fading journalistic institution like The Washington Post? And, when it comes to cars, there are brands for rich people and there are cars for people of more modest means. But just as many people at the bottom of the income ladder buy Jeeps as people at the top.
Aug 5, 2013
A lot of new data point to a steady, but unclear future for the economy. Walgreens and CVS both announce earnings this week. Company results will reflect the run-up to Obamacare. And, there's a proposal in Congress to let the taxpayer-backed mortgage giants die, and Marketplace's economics guy says we should all get behind it.
Aug 2, 2013
The latest jobs numbers are a disappointment. And in Camden, NJ, one small doctor's office tries to make a big gain in holding down costs by moving closer to the sickest seniors.