Marketplace Index for Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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After a strong open to 2012 on the markets yesterday, today was more of a mixed picture. Some early concerns about tight European credit markets making it expensive for European banks to raise capital dragged the markets down in the early hours. That was countered a bit by more trickles of good news about the U.S. economy.? And the Marketplace Daily Pulse slowed today with news that 51 percent of Missouri fourth-graders need help covering the cost of lunch.
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Free lunches becoming more common

School-subsidized lunch programs report staggering numbers of students in need of help.
Posted In: school lunches, poverty
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Market tug of war: The U.S. v. Europe

Some early concerns about tight European credit markets making it expensive for European banks to raise capital dragged the markets down in the early hours. That was countered a bit by some more trickles of good news about the U.S. economy.
Posted In: Europe, credit

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