Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Spain and France will attempt to sell billions of dollars worth of government bonds today to raise cash. While other big box stores seem to be in trouble, why is Guitar Center thriving? At Whole Foods this weekend, fish produced in an unsustainable way will officially be banned from the stores. And how zoning laws could change education for kids in poor neighborhoods.

Auto supply chain takes a hit in Germany

A key component for building cars both here and around the world has has been nearly decimated by an explosion a couple of weeks ago in Germany.
Posted In: Germany, supply chain, Auto

Corporations report 1st quarter earnings

Big banks and other companies are reporting their earnings for the first three months of the year. What do they mean for the year ahead?
Posted In: Earnings, stock, corporations

Ryan Seacrest and the legacy of Dick Clark

American Bandstand legend Dick Clark's knack for spotting an emerging star is getting much attention today, but he was a very effective entrepreneur -- turning his public persona into a publicly traded company, Dick Clark Productions, that amassed a fortune.
Posted In: Dick Clark, Entertainment, Ryan Seacrest

PODCAST: Morgan Stanley and other earnings, a hampster hotel

Spain and France will attempt to sell billions of dollars worth of government bonds today to raise cash. While other big box stores seem to be in trouble, why is Guitar Center thriving? At Whole Foods this weekend, fish produced in an unsustainable way will officially be banned from the stores. And how zoning laws could change education for kids in poor neighborhoods.

Are young Americans retreating from the open road?

Another casualty of the poor economy in recent years? The 16-year-old behind the wheel.
Posted In: cars, teenagers

When a movie gets no promotion

It's one way to market a movie, but it doesn't seem like it's building for success. The forthcoming Miley Cyrus movie called "LOL," according to the L.A. Times, will have no marketing budget to speak of and will be released first in just seven cities.
Posted In: Entertainment, Lionsgate, film, marketing

Guitar Center strums a new tune

The national music instrument retailer opens more stores. Bain Capital took Guitar Center private five years ago. What's the secret to its growth?
Posted In: Guitar Center, Bain Capital

Could new zoning laws help educate poor kids?

Lifting bans on apartments in affluent neighborhoods might allow more low-income students to attend top public schools.
Posted In: zoning

As France runs out of cash to borrow, politics could shift

France will try to borrow a lot more money today. But the low borrowing costs the country has seen every since the European Central Bank handed out a trillion dollars in emergency loans are no longer a sure thing -- that money may be running out.
Posted In: Europe, France, nicolas sarkozy

Whole Foods bans red-rated fish from its stores

On Sunday -- Earth Day -- Whole Foods will stop selling wild seafood that's either overfished or caught in a harmful way, according to ratings from the Blue Ocean Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Posted In: fish, Whole Foods, supermarket

Americans, employment and the 'Optimism Gap'

In just a little while, we'll hear the latest on how many people were forced to sign up for unemployment benefits. But how's the job market doing if you actually ask people?
Posted In: Gallup, Jobs, Unemployment

What to learn from this season's earnings

The corporate earnings reports are flooding in this morning, with companies like Southwest Airlines and Verizon telling us how they did in the first part of this year. In recent quarters, companies have padded their profits by cutting costs.
Posted In: Bank of America, Taco Bell, Earnings, corporate profits

Gas prices inch down, but for how long?

They always seem to come down slower than they went up, but gasoline prices are beginning to ease -- there could be more relief in sight.
Posted In: gas, Oil

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The Dreaming Mind (Part 1)
Quantic feat. Combo Bárbaro
So Far
Skalpel
Wide Open
The Black Seeds
Make Sense And Loose (Ulrich Schnauss)
I'm not a Gun