Marketplace AM for January 5, 2006

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The cusp of innovation

Personal finance expert Chris Farrell discuss how investors can spot companies on the cusp of innovation with host Scott Jagow.

The history of the classified ad

Author Sara Bader looks back at the history of the classified ad with host Lisa Napoli.

Tough times in Michigan

Ford will release a major restructuring plan on January 23rd. It's expected to include major plant closings and layoffs. It's a safe bet the areas around those plants will also feel the pinch. We sent Alisa Roth to Lansing, Michigan, where ongoing layoffs by GM are already hurting the local economy.

Monsanto suit

In a novel legal move, 500 GE workers have sued Monsanto for injuries they claim resulted from use of Monsanto products while working for GE. Janet Babin has more.

Automaker woes

Business Editor Cheryl Glaser looks at the recent round of auto sales figures out of Detroit.

NYSE trading licenses

As part of its transition to a publicly traded company, the New York Stock Exchange is now offering "trading licenses" rather than the clubby "seats" it once offered. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, they're a hot item.
Posted In: Wall Street

Consumer electronics extravaganza

Rachel Dornhelm previews what's generating buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show that opens this week in Las Vegas.

Whole Foods

The specialty grocer is riding high with its inclusion in the S&P 500, but as Alex Cohen reports, it shouldn't rest on its laurels.

Ariel Sharon's stroke

The Tel Aviv stock exchange plunged 6% on the news that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a major stroke Wednesday night. The markets had somewhat recovered by midday Thursday, partly because the country's economics aren't expected to change much. Hilary Krieger reports from Jerusalem.

Bird flu deaths in Turkey

Two people in Turkey have died from bird flu, the first such cases outside Southeast Asia. European public health officials are now concerned the deadly disease may have reached their doorstep.From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health

Toshiba's HD-DVD players

Electronics companies are fighting over what type of device you'll use to play your movies. Will it be Sony's Blu-Ray disc-player? Or Toshiba's HD-DVD format? Today, Toshiba announced it's off and running. From the Innovations Desk at WUNC, Janet Babin reports.

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