Marketplace AM for June 16, 2006

Episode Description 

The empire of Sudoku

It's has been a year since the puzzle game started to appear in US papers, and it's pretty much created its own business empire since. Nancy Farghalli has the story.

Surprises at the box office

Daily Variety editor Stuart Levine and host Mark Austin Thomas discuss the unexpected popularity of Al Gore's global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and the unprecedented 7-day opening "weekend" for Superman.

House of Gates in transition

Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at the likely impact on Microsoft of Bill Gates' decision to relinquish day-to-day control of the software behemoth.
Posted In: Science

Follow the bouncing market

Wall Street's new found optimism turned out to be contagious. After yesterday's sharp rally in New York, European stock markets all opened higher this morning. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Wall Street

The cost of sloppy accounting

Federal regulators report Fannie Mae's accounting missteps cost shareholders $11 billion, reviving efforts by lawmakers to rein in the mortgage lending giant. John Dimsdale reports.

New bank on the block

A new investment bank opened in New York Thursday, a boutique firm catering to wealthy investors and companies. If it sparks a trader exodus, does the common investor go to the back of the line? Ethan Lindsey reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Redefining juvenile obesity

The AMA has changed the criteria for juvenile obesity, expanding the number of children deemed overweight. A report out today says the move largely benefits drug companies and humiliates kids. Janet Babin explains.
Posted In: Health

Whaling ban in danger

The International Whaling Commission meets today, and as Amy Scott reports, changes on the panel could roll back the clock on whaling restrictions.
Posted In: Canada

'O Power Tools'

Retailers are trying to boost Father's Day sales this year with marketing gimmicks that among things link dad's special day to Christmas. Charla Bear explains.