Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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In an age of skyrocketing gas prices, what can we do to make our cars more fuel efficient? The Panama Canal is getting a makeover. In two years, it'll be able to handle ships that carry twice the cargo they handle now, and that could mean big things for ports on the East Coast of the United States. And Paypal is expected to announce tomorrow that it will launch a service where anyone can send or receive credit card and debit card payments over a smartphone.

Europe reacts to Fed stress test news

While U.S. stock markets reacted positively to the stress test news, some analysts in Europe still worry about the volatility of CitiGroup.
Posted In: Europe, stress tests, Citigroup, Federal Reserve

What to take away from the Fed's stress tests

Probing deeper into the cracks that emerged when the Federal Reserve did the torture test on banks, it's tough to get past the few that did not make the grade.
Posted In: stress tests, banking

Banks pass stress tests, Goldman fails an employee review

Big U.S. banks passed a round of stress tests conducted by the Fed. Meanwhile, one former Goldman Sachs employee is speaking out on the corporate culture there, which he claims leaves much to be desired.
Posted In: stress tests, Goldman Sachs, Wall Street

PODCAST: Stressed about stress tests, a Yankees fragrance

In an age of skyrocketing gas prices, what can we do to make our cars more fuel efficient? The Panama Canal is getting a makeover. In two years, it'll be able to handle ships that carry twice the cargo they handle now, and that could mean big things for ports on the East Coast of the United States. And Paypal is expected to announce tomorrow that it will launch a service where anyone can send or receive credit card and debit card payments over a smartphone.

U.K. Starbucks locations start playing the name game

In the U.K. today, where Starbucks has just started writing customers' names on their coffee cups for the first time.
Posted In: starbucks, London, coffee, mid-day extra

Furniture sales growth strongest since 2000

Furniture sales last month were 8.3 percent higher than a year earlier, and that could mean good news for the overall economy.
Posted In: furniture, sales, Housing

Paypal to swipe real-world store payments

Paypal, the world's largest online payment processor, offers a new service to real-world merchants. What does this mean for rival Square?
Posted In: Square, paypal, smartphone

Panama Canal expansion brings competition for East Coast ports

The Panama Canal is getting a makeover, and it could be a gamechanger for Atlantic coast ports -- that is, if those ports are ready in time.
Posted In: Panama, Panama Canal, ports

A record year for the U.S. solar industry

The solar sector in the U.S. did very well in 2011, installing nearly twice as much capacity as the previous year -- a record. And the industry still expects to have an even better 2012.
Posted In: solar power

Tips on making the most of your gas money

Host Jeremy Hobson stopped by California Automotive to talk to owner Rebekah Fleischaker about how to make your gasoline investment last longer.
Posted In: gas prices, car, fuel efficiency

Big banks pass Federal Reserve stress tests

The stock market had its best day of the year yesterday, in large part due to a pleasant surprise, in the form of a report card on stress tests that were taken by the big banks.
Posted In: stress tests, banking, Federal Reserve

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Under Cover of Darkness
The Strokes
I Know
The Beta Band
Funk Infected (Instrumental)
DJ Drez
Processed Beats
Kasabian