Marketplace AM for October 13, 2005

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Freddie Mac to prop up post-hurricane housing

Freddie Mac plans to buy up to $1 billion in tax-exempt mortgage revenue bonds. Tess Vigeland sorts out how the move will help hurricane victims.

McDonand's vs. Starbucks

There's a fight brewing in suburban Chicago over whether a shopping mall is big enough for both food service titans. Brian Watt reports.

Not talking now

US and China textile talks have ended — with no deal. Ruth Kirschner reports from Beijing.

Chris Farrell on mergers

Host Scott Jagow talks to financial expert Chris Farrell about the growing pace of global mergers. Concerns over looming interest rate hikes in the US appear to be driving the boom.

Moving moving moving

In a city as diverse as New York, specialized market niches abound. Maureen McMurray looks at the growing success of one of these niches: gay moving companies.

Improv in the workplace

The legendary comedy group Second City has a new DVD out on the market: a corporate training program designed to help make you work better with your colleagues. Host Lisa Napoli talks to Second City's Tom Yorton.

Gobbling GM stock

Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian's recent moves to acquire GM stock have many wondering what his strategy for the ailing automaker might be. Amy Scott reports.

Staking a stem cell claim

Most polls indicate broad support for stem cell research, but Washingtona€™s official stance is to restrict funding. Scott Tong reports that states are racing to fill the void.
Posted In: Science

BP sweet on China

The British oil giant BP could be on the brink of a major deal with China. Reports in the British press say the company wants to forge an alliance with China's biggest oil refiner. Stephen Beard reports from London.

Finding room — at the inn

FEMA is racing toward its Saturday goal of moving all Katrina evacuees out of temporary housing. Which means some are winding up in hotels, which isn't cheap. Marketplace's Dan Grech reports.

Boeing courts India

Boeing president and CEO Jim Albaugh arrives in New Delhi today to meet with Indian government officials. Miranda Kennedy has the story.
Posted In: Canada

NASDAQ dip

The tech-heavy NASDAQ dropped 23 points Wednesday for its lowest close in nearly five months. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

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