Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 18, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 18, 2008

Labor disputes cloud Hollywood's future

The union representing film directors struck a deal with film studios, but that cordial relationship might not translate into a quick end to the writers' strike. Scott Jagow talks with Tess Vigeland.
Posted In: Entertainment, Jobs

Allstate barred from new Fla. policies

The insurance company responded to a new law designed to lower insurance costs by boosting its premium rates. Claims adjusters anticipate major hurricane damage in the future. Dan Grech reports.

Ethical breach with bone-loss drugs?

Many women risk side-effects from drugs designed to prevent osteoporosis. Drug companies may be hiding bad test results and marketing to patients who don't need them. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
Posted In: Health

U.S. baby boomlet an economic boon

A surprise boost in the nation's fertility rate means more workers to replace an aging workforce, plus more taxes to keep Social Security afloat a little longer. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Economy, Retirement

Measuring innovation's economic punch

America's primary asset in the world marketplace is innovation and new ideas. The Commerce Department is updating how it measures those hard-to-quantify values. Danielle Karson reports.
Posted In: Economy

Music biz changes behind EMI shakeup

Big-name artists are grumbling about massive layoffs and other big changes as the giant record label looks to stay afloat. Billboard's Bill Werde says it's a symptom of an entire industry in crisis.

Will directors' deal help end WGA strike?

A tentative contract between a union of film directors and major studios could be the key to ending a crippling writers' guild strike. But the devil is in the details. Renita Jablonski reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Jobs

NYSE invites AMEX indoors

The American Stock Exchange initially began as a group of investors barred from the New York Stock Exchange. Michael Henry of Accenture says, in the consolidation age, a merger just makes sense.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Lobbyists jockey for stimulus plan favors

Washington is in high gear to put together a plan to ward off a recession, and special interest groups are all pressing for a piece of the economic pie. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Taxes, Washington

Green's the theme at Detroit auto show

The annual International Auto Show is usually where automakers showcase their biggest, shiniest models. But the rising price of gas is putting hybrids in the spotlight. Scott Jagow talks with David Welch.
Posted In: Auto

Castro's brother opens door to reform

Raul Castro has been running Cuba for his ailing brother Fidel, and he's opened what some say is a Pandora's Box: a national conversation on economic reform. Dan Grech reports from Miami.

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