Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 25, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 25, 2011

The U.S. tax system, according to GE

General Electric paid no taxes in 2010, but claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion, according to a report from the New York Times.
Posted In: Taxes

Census: Growth in hispanic population, shifts in housing

Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, explains some of the new numbers from the 2010 Census, including movements in housing trends and an increase in the hispanic population.

Can Southwest learn anything from AirTran?

Southwest Airlines is expected to acquire AirTran within the next few months, but their corporate cultures might clash.
Posted In: Airlines

Fed: Household wealth down about 20%

According to a survey released by the Federal Reserve today, the average family's household net worth declined around 20 percent between 2007 and 2009.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve

Kink in supply chain between Detroit and Japan

The earthquake and tsunami forced Japan to shutter many of its car parts factories, causing a widening gap in the global supply chain. Some U.S. auto manufacturers may face factory shutdowns because of the slow down.
Posted In: Auto

Can we make nuclear power safer?

Bloomberg BusinessWeek reporter Peter Coy reports that many of the nuclear plants in the United States are built with the same technology as Japan's damaged Fukushima plant. But, he reports, there are newer and safer technologies, too.
Posted In: Science

Federal Reserve opens up -- a bit

The Federal Reserve historically has been one of the government's most secretive institutions. But now, Fed chairmen Ben Bernanke will address the press and answer questions four times a year.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve

Court ruling freezes a major BP oil deal

BP can't proceed towards a planned partnership with the Russian oil firm Rosneft. The Russian deal was supposed to be a way forward fr the company, following the Gulf of Mexico spill.
Posted In: Oil, Russia

Once-troubled lender CIT returns to the market

CIT, which finances small- and medium-sized companies, found healthy investor appetite for $2 billion worth of junk bonds.
Posted In: Wall Street

Investment funds that bet on disasters are thriving

Black swan funds bet on things that are unlikely to happen. And when global economic collapses and catastrophic natural disasters dominate headlines, black swans are raking in the cash.
Posted In: Investing

Russia looks to beef up its cattle industry

Russians eat less than half as much beef as Americans. But a Montana rancher is trying to rope in more business by setting up shop in Russia.
Posted In: Agriculture, Russia

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Golden Brown
The Stranglers
For a a Few Dollars More
Will T. Bear
Please Don't Go
Mike Posner
Falcon Jab
Ratatat