Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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The Walt Disney Company has struck a deal to purchase Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced that they will release a new Star Wars movie in 2015. As stricken homeowners dig out from Hurricane Sandy, home-improvement sales should see a boost. On the streets of New York City, things are getting back to normal after the storm though much of the city's downtown neighborhoods are still without power and subway service remains suspended. And, Sandy aside, we take a Halloween trip to a fang-maker in lower Manhattan.

Benefits from Sandy shutting down the market

Trading in U.S. stocks resumed today after two days off. A storm has not shut down trading for this long since 1888.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, NYSE

PODCAST: Happy Halloween and a new Disney princess

In the wake of Sandy, the markets reopened, but lots of residents along the East Coast are still waiting for the lights to come back on. Why the Dodge Dart is coming back and happy Halloween, boo!

More than flipping a switch: Power companies fight outages

Electricity is coming back for those who lost power because of Sandy. Two days after the storm, about six million people on the East Coast are still in the dark, down from a high of eight and a half million.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, electricity, natural disasters, new jersey

Airports and markets reopen as Sandy recedes

Wall Street has resumed trading today for the first time since last Friday. JFK and Newark airports are reopening as well on a limited basis.
Posted In: Airlines, NYSE, Hurricane Sandy

How to repair a 108-year-old subway system

Transit authorities say Sandy has caused the worst crisis for the New York Subway system in its 108 year existence. Two days after the storm, the transit system is still at a halt.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, New York City, public transportation

Philadelphia restores public transit, draws on 'rainy day fund'

The city of Philadelphia is getting back to business this morning. Schools and city government are up and running, as are trains and buses. What are the costs of getting the city up and running again after Sandy?
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, Philadelphia, public transportation

New York City reboots after Sandy

New York City begins to reboot in its second day after Sandy. Residents cope with subway closures and reflect on how the region fared the storm.
Posted In: New York City, Hurricane Sandy

Making a business out of making fangs

Sebastiaan Van Houten, who works at a the Halloween Adventure store in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood talks about his job as a self-described "fang-smith" -- he crafts custom-made prosthetic fangs.
Posted In: Halloween, New York City

Back to the future for car names

If you’re looking to buy a car anytime soon, you may get a case of déjà vu: Carmakers keep recycling old names.
Posted In: branding, cars, Chevy

A Sandy sales bump?

As stricken homeowners dig out, home-improvement sales should see a boost.
Posted In: construction, consumer spending, Hurricane Sandy, natural disasters

Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4 billion

The Walt Disney Company has struck a deal to purchase Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced that they will release a new Star Wars movie in 2015.
Posted In: movies, Star Wars, disney

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Hercules And Love Affair
Everything Is Everything
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I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
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