Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Consumer reports starts advertising

Consumer Reports used to wait for readers to come to it for advice. Now, the magazine is publicizing its findings through advertising. Dan Grech reports how the publisher's new move might attract new readers.

A dose of realism over the economy

To this point, the Bush Administration has stayed away from the word "recession." But they are slowly starting to admit the problem. Janet Babin reports backing away from cheerleading could put more options on the table.
Posted In: Economy

Why the Fed should be decisive

A Federal rate cut is expected, but the rate's magnitude is up for debate. Doug Krizner talks to economist Peter Morici about why the Fed should act decisively to rescue the system, and not necessarily because it deserves it.
Posted In: Economy

Anxieties high of low housing starts

This morning, we'll find out how many new homes were built last month, and investors are hoping housing starts have finally bottomed out. But Jeremy Hobson reports we might see a weak number that won't rebound until summer.
Posted In: Housing

When France finds a rogue appealing

A Paris court granted bail today to rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, who lost more than $7 billion of French bank Societe Generale's money. But Stephen Beard reports why his release will likely be popular with the French public.
Posted In: Wall Street

Lower rate means cheaper dollar

Many in the financial markets expect to see the Fed cut rates by a full percentage point -- the biggest rate cut in a generation. John Dimsdale reports one thing seems certain: lower rates will cheapen the value of the dollar.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Pay more attention to flex-fuel cars

How can we avoid $4 per gallon gas without choice? Commentator Gal Luft says in order to protect ourselves against the uncertainties associated with oil, we need to focus on cars that can run on fuel other than gas.

U.S. dollar rides on expectations

The U.S. dollar is under a lot of pressure on the expectation that the Fed will cut their key Fed funds interest rate. Scott Jagow talks to Stephen Beard in London on the dollar's fall versus the euro -- and gain on the pound.
Posted In: Economy

No one's escaping bad earnings

Some analysts say the banking sector will be fine in the long run, but that earnings reports are going to be lousy for now. Alisa Roth reports what to expect of profit reports from the likes of Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs.
Posted In: Wall Street

Your work day could use a nap

Business traveler Nicolas Ranco was willing to try anything to relax and fall asleep. He found it on a trip to Japan and decided to bring the idea of accessible midday naps to the sleepless in New York City. Jaime Bedrin has more.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

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