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Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, February 6, 2012

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The company that owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut reports earnings today, and it is planning on a boost from its stores in China in the year ahead. Missouri holds its presidential primary tomorrow, and it will cost the states millinos even though the votes won't actually count. Amazon is building five new warehouses in states across the U.S., and is also testing out a program that lets customers pick up their orders instead of having them delivered.

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Posted In: Dow, economic indicator

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Podcast: Super Bowl winners emerge, and Greece looks for win

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Posted In: podcast

Getting foreclosures wrong may cost banks billions

National State Attorneys General Program Director James Tierney discusses why it has taken so long to reach a multi-state settlement with big banks over shady foreclosure practices during the housing crisis.
Posted In: foreclosures, mortgage, homeowner, mortgage settlement

Dudamel conducts on 'Sesame Street'

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Posted In: Gustavo Dudamel, orchestra, conductor, Sesame Street

Amazon gets physical to boost online sales

Online retailer Amazon plans to build five new warehouses in three states to cut delivery times, in the hope of boosting sales.
Posted In: Amazon, online retail, warehouse

Missouri primary will cost millions, but not matter

Missouri is holding its presidential primary tomorrow. Turnout is expected to be extremely low, mostly because the votes for GOP candidates won't count -- and it'll still cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
Posted In: 2012 election, republican primaries, missouri

Yum! Brands announces fourth-quarter earnings

Yum! Brands, reveals its latest earnings results. The parent company of KFC and Taco Bell expects a good year ahead in China.
Posted In: KFC, Taco Bell, pizza

The costs of the anti-Putin protests

Ten of thousands of demonstrators braved Arctic temperatures in Moscow to attend competing rallies - one in favor, the other against - Prime Minister Vladmir Putin's campaign to regain the presidency of Russia.
Posted In: Russia, Vladimir Putin

States could get billions from 'Robosigning' banks

Monday is the deadline for states to sign onto a settlement with the nation's largest banks over abusive foreclosure practices. The deal would reportedly force banks to pay billions of dollars to people who lost their homes.
Posted In: Housing, robosigning, foreclosure, mortgage settlement

Greek talks focus on private debt, second bailout

Negotiations with private sector creditors are going well, but Greek officials are struggling over terms for a second bailout from the IMF and the EU
Posted In: Greece, greek bailout, austerity

Auto industry revs engines with Super Bowl ads

Chevy snubs Ford pick-up in 'apocalypse' commercial while Clint Eastwood boasts Detroit's comeback with inspirational "second half" speech
Posted In: automotive, Ford, General Motors, Super Bowl, commercial

The Greek debt crisis, in verse

Summing up the Euro debt crisis in a 20-second poem
Posted In: poem, Greece