Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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It's been more than four years since the giant investment bank Bear Stearns collapsed, and the banking system is still in trouble -- but bank stocks have been soaring recently. Facebook is making its biggest purchase yet, as it gears up to go public. This Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and Belfast, Northern Ireland is hoping to become the center of Titanic tourism.

What we can expect from earnings season

With some tough economic news in the last week or so with the jobs report, and today some evidence of a slowdown in China, Wall Street is anticipating modest reports from corporations.
Posted In: Earnings, corporate profits

Instagram could struggle to turn a profit

Facebook is buying the mobile app company Instagram for $1 billion. But when many similar image-based companies have failed to make a profit, will Instagram be any different?
Posted In: instagram, Facebook, mobile apps

Brewing companies look to up their game in China

Bloomberg News reports that local beer in China tends go for the equivalent of about 30 cents a can, so there's the push is on for super fancy high end beer like... Budweiser.
Posted In: beer, Budweiser, China

PODCAST: Big banks need more capital, a new Oval Office

It's been more than four years since the giant investment bank Bear Stearns collapsed, and the banking system is still in trouble -- but bank stocks have been soaring recently. Facebook is making its biggest purchase yet, as it gears up to go public. This Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and Belfast, Northern Ireland is hoping to become the center of Titanic tourism.

Hybrid car buyers aren't the most loyal

Turns out, many Americans who purchase a hybrid car end up going back to a non-hybrid the next time they hit the car lot.
Posted In: hybrid cars, cars, car sales, mid-day extra

The Titanic: Now a source of pride for Belfast

After decades of wariness about having built the ship that came to a tragic end, Belfast is now trying to cash in on the Titanic connection.
Posted In: Ireland, Belfast, titanic

Missouri's low cigarette tax under fire

A ballot initiative could raise the tax rate on a pack of smokes in Missouri, which is 8x lower than the national average.
Posted In: smoking, Taxes, health care, Health

Is Facebook's big Instagram purchase worth it?

Facebook is making its biggest purchase yet as it prepares to go public. The company is buying the photo-sharing app Instagram for a billion dollars.
Posted In: Facebook, instagram, mobile apps, pictures

Insta-billion: The price tag on Instagram

A wee little program that lets you send photos from your cell phone to your pals is worth a billion U.S. dollars. That’s the price the social networking company Facebook is paying to snap up Instagram, an app that also lets the sender mess with the photos before sending them.
Posted In: Facebook, instagram, mobile apps

Greek police officers, vehicles for rent

The new scheme could help the police force raise money and stop the taxpayer from footing the bill.
Posted In: Greece, police, Greek debt

The motivation behind Facebook's Instagram buy

Facebook is making its biggest purchase yet as it prepares to go public. The company is buying the photo-sharing app Instagram for a billion dollars. Is it worth the price tag?
Posted In: Facebook, instagram, mobile apps

Government's new plan to end growing cell phone theft

There’s word today the federal government is moving to render those stolen cell phones a lot less valuable. The plan is to make phone companies keep a registry of specific phones as opposed to phone numbers.
Posted In: cell phone, theft

Profits, for now, fuel bank stocks

As earnings season begins, banks are predicted to post the strongest growth this year. But revenues are sluggish, so how do profits keep soaring?

Red Lobster building huge aquafarm in Malaysia

The parent company of Red Lobster will create a 35-square-mile aquafarm to help keep its restaurants from running out of lobster.
Posted In: Red Lobster, fish, Food

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