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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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FedEx releases its profits this morning. FedEx and other shipping companies are hoping for a bounce this holiday season. Among the factors playing in their favor is the calendar -- just 26 days -- because Thanksgiving is so close to Christmas, this year.  FedEx hopes people might have to rely on speedier and pricier shipping options. And, as we look at the future of coal this week, one group that's not much of a fan of the coal industry right now are Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Fifty-seven tribes in the region have come together to oppose plans to build coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington State. Marketplace Morning Report looks at one tribe's fight in Washington against what could become the largest coal export terminal in North America.

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Posted In: healthcare.gov, Microsoft Office

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Posted In: Prediction markets

Banks crack down on multitrader chatrooms

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Posted In: bloomberg, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, LIBOR

A shorter holiday season may mean a very Merry Xmas for FedEx and UPS

Will shippers like FedEx and UPS benefit from the shortened holiday shopping season?
Posted In: fedex, UPS, shipping

The doctor that will treat you for a bit of Bitcoin

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Posted In: bitcoin

Never heard of a data broker? They know all about you

A Senate Committee hears testimony about data brokers, the companies that collect and compile info about consumers via online tracking.
Posted In: big data

Lummi tribe objects to coal terminal in Washington

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Posted In: coal, native americans, Washington, Oregon

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