Marketplace AM for April 25, 2006

Episode Description 

Guest worker economics

As Congress reconvenes from its spring recess, immigration is expected to return as a top priority. As Hillary Wicai reports, the Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing from economists today on the costs and benefits of immigrant laborers.

Bank of Wal-Mart, part II

The second of two public hearings on plans by Wal-Mart to launch an industrial bank is scheduled for today in Overland, Kan. And as Rachel Dornhelm reports, the retail giant appears ready to agree to conditions to win regulator approval.

eBay Express

The Internet auctioneer is trying to offer a more traditional shopping experience by test driving a new Web site that offers products at fixed prices. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Oil's fear factor

A lot of Americans are a little poorer this week after spending massive amounts of cash at the gas station over the weekend. Stacey Vanek-Smith takes a look at what's shaking the markets.
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South American energy integration

Now that Brazil's on target to achieve energy self sufficiency by mid-year, it wants to work with its neighbors to reach the same goal for the region. Paolo Prado reports.

Talent revolt

A growing number of young professionals say they won't work for companies that don't provide employees flexibility to balance their work and private lives. Hillary Wicai reports.

Sarbanes-Oxley on trial

Commentator Matthew Bishop says the US risks hamstringing small business if strict accounting rules to prevent another Enron collapse aren't loosened.

Google, meet Quaero

Today French President Jacques Chirac announced a series of industrial projects with Germany worth $2.5 billion. Among them: funding for a new search engine to rival Google. Alistair Sandford reports.

Watch dog or lap dog?

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox testifies before the Senate Banking Committee today. When he took the reins of the SEC last year, many thought Cox would be a friend to Big Business. As Scott Tong reports, that hasn't been the case.