Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Today's Iowa caucuses mark the start of the 2012 election season. While the car brand Cadillac is expecting a strong year ahead, with a focus on becoming a global brand -- but Ford's Lincoln isn't going to be quite so lucky. Manufacturing hiring is finally picking up, but this time around companies are looking for more skilled workers. And Steve Chiotakis heads to the junk yard with Paddy Hirsch to understand junk bonds.

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How junk bonds are like junk yards

Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch explains why high-yield bonds are just as risky as used auto parts.
Posted In: bonds, junk bonds

BP seeks to blame Halliburton for oil spill

British oil giant BP has filed court papers demanding the Houston-based firm Halliburton pay billions of dollars in clean-up and compensation costs for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Posted In: bp oil spill, BP, Halliburton

BP sues Halliburton for full costs of 2010 spill

In the lawsuit, BP holds Halliburton responsible for the failure of a cement lid placed over the blown out deepwater oil well, and thus the entire cleanup for the incident.
Posted In: bp oil spill, Halliburton, BP

What caucuses mean for the Iowa economy

All eyes are on Iowa today as caucuses there start Republicans on their quest toward the presidential nomination. What does today mean for the state of Iowa?
Posted In: politics, Iowa, 2012 election

Mid-day Extra: An insider's look at the Iowa caucuses

We all know that the Iowa caucuses happen every four years, and that they help set the tone for presidential elections. But what is it like to sit in on the meetings?
Posted In: politics, Iowa, 2012 election

PODCAST: Central Time takes center stage

Today's Iowa caucuses mark the start of the 2012 election season. While the car brand Cadillac is expecting a strong year ahead, with a focus on becoming a global brand -- but Ford's Lincoln isn't going to be quite so lucky. Manufacturing hiring is finally picking up, but this time around companies are looking for more skilled workers. And Steve Chiotakis heads to the junk yard with Paddy Hirsch to understand junk bonds.
Posted In: politics, 2012 election, Iran, fracking

Manufacturing one bright spot for 2012 economy

Manufacturing, both in the U.S. and abroad, could be the strongest growth sector for the economy in 2012.
Posted In: manufacturing

B of A cuts credit lines to some small businesses

While some banks are being encourage to lend more, pressure is also coming from regulators to crack down on riskier customers.
Posted In: Bank of America, Small Business, loans

Cadillac optimistic for 2012, Lincoln still struggling

Next week, carmakers will unveil their new models at the North American International Auto Show. Cadillac hopes to make a strong showing in the luxury category, but it's a different story for Ford's struggling Lincoln brand.
Posted In: car, car sales, Lincoln, Cadillac

After earthquakes, Ohio closes wells

Ohio has temporarily banned drilling in some parts of the state, after a series of rare earthquakes including one that rocked Youngstown over the weekend.
Posted In: fracking, Ohio

Greater skills expected for manufacturing jobs

The manufacturing industry is hiring again, but companies are looking for workers with skills in mechanical and electrical engineering.
Posted In: manufacturing, Jobs

Restaurant traffic could grow slightly in 2012

The year 2011 was not a good one for the restaurant industry. Experts predict only a slightly better 2012.
Posted In: restaurants

Iowa's economy stronger than other states

The unemployment rate in Iowa is relatively low compared to much of the rest of the country. How does the state's economy impact the Iowa caucuses?
Posted In: 2012 election, Iowa

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