Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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The Federal Reserve officials meet today to discuss the slow domestic recovery, the ongoing crisis in Europe, and a plan for better communication surrounding its actions. In Russia, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov announced he will run for president against Vladimir Putin in next spring's elections. Wall Street types can expect smaller bonuses this year, but many are thankful to just have a job.

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In down economy, demand for champagne is popping

Champagne makers are quickly recovering from the blight of a few years ago, despite the fact that the rest of the economy is still struggling
Posted In: champagne

Americans spending more on cars, clothing and furniture

American consumer spending is up, but shoppers are more conscious this time around -- and Black Friday might have been the high point of spending for a while.
Posted In: holiday shopping, retail sales, holiday discounts

PODCAST: Six months of rising sales, raising a glass of bubbly

The Federal Reserve officials meet today to discuss the slow domestic recovery, the ongoing crisis in Europe, and a plan for better communication surrounding its actions. In Russia, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov announced he will run for president against Vladimir Putin in next spring's elections. Wall Street types can expect smaller bonuses this year, but many are thankful to just have a job.
Posted In: champagne, retail sales, Russia

In midst of protests, Russian billionaire announces bid for presidency

Russian citizens have been protesting against corruption in their country. Now, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is running against Vladimir Putin in the upcoming elections.
Posted In: Russia, protests, Mikhail Prokhorov

Canada backs out of Kyoto Protocol

Straight out of productive UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa, Canada announces it is backing out of the Kyoto Protocol treaty.
Posted In: UN climate conference, Kyoto Protocol, Canada

Mid-day Extra: Presents might not be worth what you think

A new study shows that gifts that cost more, or take more time to pick out, might not be appreciated anymore than their less-thought-out counterparts.
Posted In: holiday shopping

Wall Street braces for smaller bonuses

Bankers and traders could receive as much as 30 percent less in year-end bonuses. Some just hope they keep their jobs amid mounting layoffs
Posted In: Wall Street, Wall Street bonuses

Iraqi president drums up U.S. business

Nouri al-Maliki meets with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The trade group says its members are ready to sign hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new contracts.
Posted In: infrastructure, Iraq, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Colorado to decide on fracking disclosure

The state will rule on whether oil and gas companies have to list all the chemicals they use to do hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. Environmentalists want them to disclose much more.
Posted In: fracking

Federal Reserve could begin plans to raise interest rates

Federal Reserve officials are expected to announce that they will keep interest rates near zero, a level that has remained steady since the financial crisis
Posted In: Federal Reserve, quantitative easing

Russian billionaire to challenge Putin

Vladimir Putin has a new opponent for the March presidential elections, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the New Jersey Nets.
Posted In: Russia, Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Prokhorov, elections

Could Europe be heading for a permanent recession?

The deal European leaders struck for greater fiscal unity could also stunt growth in the long-term.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, recession, fiscal union

French nuclear giant Areva to slash 1,500 jobs

After the disaster in Fukushima, nuclear energy is less popular than it once was. Now, the nuclear company Areva will take drastic cost-cutting measures.
Posted In: nuclear, Areva, nuclear energy, France

Gary Shilling: Unlikely Fed will make a move yet

Former Fed economist Gary Shilling says it is unlikely the Fed will change the zero percent interest rate anytime soon, and when it does, the shift will be more the effect than the cause of a booming economy.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, interest rates

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All Of Me (Charles Feelgood Remix)
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Eyes On The Prize
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Gimme Shelter
International Yoyo Orchestra
I Wanna Be Your Limousine (Album Version)
Black Kids
Cover Your Tracks
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