Marketplace AM for May 15, 2006

Episode Description 

New day for oil companies

Oil-rich countries will likely want to rewrite their drilling contracts, says the head of Royal Dutch Shell. Which means companies like Shell will have to agree with whatever terms are set. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Enron closing arguments

After a week off, Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling are back in court today for closing arguments in the Enron accounting fraud case. Tess Vigeland has a preview.

Medicare D(eadline)

Today is the deadline for seniors to sign up for the Medicare D drug plan without penalty. There's a debate over how many eligible seniors have signed up, but insurers say it's not enough. Scott Tong explains.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Immigration, round two

The immigration debate is expected to take front and center today as President Bush makes a televised pitch for his guest worker program and the Senate prepares to vote on its immigration reform bill. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

AARP pensions conference

The nation's powerful seniors lobby holds a conference today to discuss what to do about the demise of the traditional pension plan. Hillary Wicai reports.

Investing in pricey violins

A 299-year-old Stradivarius is expected to fetch $2 million on the auction block Tuesday. Is a violin really a good investment? Alex Cohen reports.
Posted In: Investing

Problems in Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico today, schools and public buildings are reopening for the first time in two weeks. The government essentially ran out of money and had to shut down. But just because the crisis is over, doesn't mean all is well. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Canada

European markets falling

After big falls on Friday, European stock markets opened sharply lower this morning, hitting their lowest point in more than two months. From London, Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada

It's ad blitz week

TV networks are trying to sell their new fall lineups to companies this week. But at least one of the country's biggest advertisers has pulled out of the early buy and that could be a sign of things to come. Janet Babin reports.

Sloan Sessions: What's up with Wall Street

Newsweek Wall Street editor Allan Sloan talks to host Scott Jagow about the recent run-up in the stock and commodities markets.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Sumner Redstone: 'Content is king'

Kai Ryssdal talks with CBS and Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone about his more than 50 years in the media business and how he's stayed on top for so long.