Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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A decade ago, Dell was the biggest PC-maker on the planet, but as the company struggles to compete, its stock price has been in a steady decline -- until yesterday. Dell shares jumped 13 percent Monday on news the company could be going private. The luxury homebuilder Lennar reports quarterly earnings today. The company has been on a  roll lately thanks to an improving housing market. And, Florida tries out a new higher education system to increase science and math majors.

PODCAST: Coca-Cola addresses obesity, Dell mulls buyout

Dell CEO Michael Dell is in talks with two private-equity firms about a buyout. Ratings agency Fitch has warned the U.S. that if it doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, it may

Retail sales increased by a half percent last month

Despite the impending fiscal cliff, consumer spending turned out to be higher than expected this holiday season.
Posted In: Retail, consumer spending

British record store files for bankruptcy

Unable to compete with online retailers, British record store HMV files for bankruptcy.
Posted In: music industry

Does parental help lower grades for college students?

New research finds correlation between financial help from parents and academic performance.
Posted In: Education, higher education

South African miner cuts jobs and closes mines

The world's largest platinum producer Anglo American Platinum, also known as Amplats, is planning to close down some of its South African mines and cut around 14,000 jobs. The announcement comes after a series of strikes across the mining sector of South Africa at the end of last year in which mineworkers were demanding higher wages.
Posted In: South Africa, mining

Florida considers cheaper tuition for math, science majors

Dale Brill, head of the Governor Rick Scott's Education Task Force, discusses a new proposal to incentivize students towards careers with job shortages.
Posted In: Florida, Education, Tuition, higher education

Dell to go private?

There are multiple news reports Dell, once the biggest PC-maker on the planet, could be taken private in a buyout that might allow it to retool and reemerge a leaner, stronger company.
Posted In: Dell, PCs, computer

Housing revival gives home builders hope

Companies like Lennar have an incentive to start building again as the inventory of vacant houses falls. Conditions are good for consumers, with some hitches.
Posted In: Lennar, Housing, real estate

Zynga eyes online gambling

Social gaming company Zynga looks to stage a comeback with real-money gambling, first in Europe and then the U.S.
Posted In: zynga, gaming, online gaming, gambling

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