Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Just in time for Halloween, something has Wall Street spooked. Yesterday, the Dow fell by more than 200 points for the second time in three trading days. Apple has unveiled its new iPad Mini, which goes on sale Friday -- the same day as Microsoft releases its new Windows 8 operating system. If you cut taxes, does the economy get enough of a boost to offset the lost revenue? Los Angeles is one of many cities giving this a try to attract new businesses. The prospect of the fiscal cliff creates uncertainty, which has got some companies preparing to make their case to Congress for avoiding the fiscal cliff entirely.  
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Los Angeles is one of many cities to offer tax breaks and financial incentives to attract new businesses. Manufacturing activity in October rises to a three month high and China eclipses the U.S. in foreign direct investment.
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Global gender gap is closing, but U.S. lags

Equality for women has come a long way but still has a way to go according to the 2012 Global Gender Gap report. The report ranks countries on the access women have to education, economic opportunity, healthcare and political power.
Posted In: gender gap, women
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Microsoft hits a snag with EU anti-trust complaint

The European Union is accusing Microsoft of failing to comply with an anti-trust agreement, meaning Microsoft could face a hefty fine.
Posted In: Microsoft, anti-trust, European Union, Tech
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Finally, some good news on manufacturing - from China

Manufacturing activity in October rises to a three month high and China eclipses the U.S. in foreign direct investment.
Posted In: China, U.S., manufacturing
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As fiscal cliff approaches, businesses start to prepare

The prospect of automatic tax increases and budget cuts creates uncertainty, holding back investment and hiring. Companies also are preparing to make their case to Congress for how to avoid the fiscal cliff entirely.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, hiring
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Windows 8: Will change be good for Microsoft?

This Friday, Microsoft will release it's new Windows 8 operating system which promises a whole new look and feel. How will the system changes play with individual consumers and businesses?
Posted In: windows 8, Microsoft
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Political trends in VA swing-county tied to growth

Population gains turned Loudoun County from red to purple.
Posted In: Virginia, swing state, 2012 election
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Cities cut taxes in bid to raise revenues

Los Angeles is one of many cities to offer tax breaks and financial incentives to attract new businesses.
Posted In: tax incentive, los angeles, tax breaks
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Weak earnings drag down stock market

Just in time for Halloween something has Wall Street spooked. Yesterday, the Dow fell by more than 200 points for the second time in three trading days.
Posted In: Dow, stock market, UPS, 3M
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Detroit, San Francisco housing a big hit these days

The Detroit Tigers take on the San Francisco Giants in first game of the World Series. Detroit has the auto industry, San Fran has the tech sector, but recently both cities have scored solid gains in their housing markets.
Posted In: baseball, Detroit, San Francisco

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