Marketplace AM for March 27, 2006

Episode Description 

March madness on Wall Street

Newsweek Wall Street editor Allan Sloan debunks the myth that the stock market is nearing a five-year high. He talks with host Scott Jagow.
Posted In: Wall Street

Dot-com start-ups are starting again

Dot-com startups are proliferating at a pace not seen since the boom of the late '90s. But Curt Nickisch reports that there's a key difference: most of these new startups are making money.

China keeps gas prices low

The Chinese have been enjoying cheap gasoline because the government controls the price. Over the weekend, China bumped up prices 3% to 5%. But as Jocelyn Ford reports, that's not much.

Walgreens looks healthy

The nation's number one drug retailer is scheduled to report quarterly earnings today. And as Patrick Hirsch reports, the long-term prognosis for the company is good.

US nuclear officials in India

US officials are in India trying to grease the wheels for the Bush Administration's controversial nuclear deal with that country. But Congress is skeptical and holds hearings on it later this week. Miranda Kennedy reports.

The Fed is in session

The Federal Open Market Committee holds its first meeting today under new leader Ben Bernanke. The Fed Chairman might be new, but analysts expect more of the same when it comes to interest rates. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Wall Street

Mad-cow meeting is on in Japan

Officials with the US Department of Agriculture are in Japan, trying to convince that government that American beef is safe to eat and should be allowed back on menus in Japanese restaurants. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Canada, Health

Women lag on corporate boards

A new survey out today shows women still lag far behind men as directors on corporate boards, and as Hillary Wicai reports, that's not likely to change soon.

Labor strife on two continents

In Washington and Europe, labor issues are boiling over. Janet Babin reports that, in Washington, immigrant workers are the hot topic. In France, recent labor protests have turned into riots. David Wells of the Financial Times talks about that with Scott Jagow.

Historic walk-out in France

Train and air travel in France could be impacted Tuesday as labor unions and students plan to protest a new law called the First Job Contract. It's already sparked violent demonstrations and has shut down universities. Stephen Beard reports.