Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, November 23, 2012

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While you were eating that Turkey, two giant companies were inching ever closer to a $33 billion marriage. Glencore, the Swiss commodities trading firm, is trying to takeover a mining company called Xstrata. If you head out for some Black Friday shopping today, take a moment to think about where those products are made: Probably in a big warehouse somewhere. But the way that warehouse operates may be changing, with a greater focus on skilled workers and technology. Plus, why holiday food prices may be a bit higher than normal this December.
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PODCAST: Black Friday begins, inside the Skechers warehouse

Why Black Friday is shaping up to be a bit more lackluster than last year, your Christmas dinner could be a bit more expensive, and Mexico could soon be renaming itself.
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The importance of Black Friday this year

Today is supposed to be the day that retailers wait the whole year for; the day consumers line up early to be the first ones to get those Black Friday specials.
Posted In: Black Friday
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Groups buy up underwater mortgages, keep families in house

The national foreclosure rate increased by more than 3 percent in October compared to the previous month. Some groups across the country are trying to change that by buying underwater mortgages and keeping families in their homes.
Posted In: mortgage, underwater mortgage
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Argentina ordered to repay $1.3 billion to U.S. hedge funds

Argentina is probably not feeling very thankful this morning. It's still digesting a U.S. court ruling involving a decade-long debt fight.
Posted In: Argentina, hedge funds
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Glencore, Xstrata merger approved by EU

Glencore, the Swiss commodities trading firm, is trying to takeover a mining company called Xstrata. And the deal just got a stamp of approval from European regulators.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, mining, Glencore, Xstrata
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How the drought may dampen holiday dinner

The drought has already affected livestock feed prices. Holiday dinner shopping list prices may be next.
Posted In: food prices, holidays, turkey
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Skechers warehouse showcases state-of-the-art technology

Jobs are better, but fewer, as high-tech machines replace lower-skilled warehouse loaders and handlers
Posted In: skechers, Walmart, low-wage workers, warehouse
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Education groups lobby hard against 'fiscal cliff'

Education lobbyists make up the lion's share of groups pushing to avert the 'fiscal cliff.'
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Education, lobbyist

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