Marketplace AM for February 20, 2006

Episode Description 

BlackRock deal

Newsweek Wall Street editor Allan Sloan discusses the Merrill Lynch/BlackRock mega deal, and what it means to investors, with host Scott Jagow.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Tutoring for tots

Looking to give their kids a leg up, parents are increasingly hiring tutors... for their pre-schoolers. As Hillary Wicai reports, tutoring for tots is big business.

Harrah's company benefits

Casino operator Harrah's plans to throw a benefit concert today to help employees left jobless by Hurricane Katrina. Amy Scott reports that the effort is rare in corporate philanthropy.

Legal coca

The United States is considering relaxing its stance against legally harvested coca in Bolivia. Dan Grech looks at the market for legal coca-based products.

Oldies but goodies

The US Chamber of Commerce and other business groups plan to join forces this week to encourage businesses to hire more people in their 50s. Janet Babin has more.

"Sopranos" maps

The producers of HBO's hit series "The Sopranos" are hoping to generate more buzz among fans by offering a map of Tony Soprano's favorite haunts on Google Maps.

Stressed out business owners

A new survey shows that the world's most stressed out entrepreneurs are in East Asia. Ruth Kirchner reports.

Generic drug makers in India prepare for bird flu

Indian health officials have decided to kill almost a million chickens after detecting their first case of bird flu this weekend. India hasn't yet reported any human cases of the deadly virus, but as Miranda Kennedy reports from New Delhi, the country's generic drug makers are preparing for the worst.

Who gets to manage US ports?

Last week, a billion-dollar Arab company won White House approval of its takeover bid for management of six major American ports. This week, the Bush Administration is being forced to defend the sale... of a British company to a firm based in the United Arab Emirates. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

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