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Marketplace for Friday, April 18, 2008

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For some, Passover means extra bread

In Israel there are traditional restrictions on the availability of bread during Passover. But this year, both the pious and the secular have reason to celebrate. Daniel Estrin reports.

Team's winning strategy loses its edge

The Oakland Athletics once rode an innovative strategy called sabermetrics to success in Major League Baseball. The team is now struggling, but commentator Dan Drezner says it's not because the strategy has failed. Rather, most of the other teams are using it too.
Posted In: Sports

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Tess Vigeland about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Impasse prolongs Zimbabwe's pain

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is being blamed by his opposition and economists for the collapse of what was once southern Africa's breadbasket. And the nation's current political impasse is only prolonging its pain. Gretchen Wilson reports.

Fannie Mae sets new loan boundaries

Mortgage applications are up and a new poll says a majority of Americans think now is a good time to buy a home. Still, many who take the plunge are finding themselves up against a new roadblock. Amy Scott reports.

Bottles with 'BPA' coming off shelves

Wal-Mart says it's going to stop selling baby bottles made with a plastic called BPA, and the Canadian government plans to ban their sale. Meanwhile, glass bottle sales are taking off. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health

Slow economy changing migration tide

Mexican immigrants are sending smaller portions of their paychecks home because of tumbling wages and fewer jobs in America. Many are returning home, but they're finding the economic picture there isn't much better. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Economy, Mexico

A $14 billion loss? Eh, no problem

Citibank, the nation's biggest bank, says it lost $14 billion in the first quarter. But its assurance that it was working to climb out of the hole was good enough for investors, who bumped up its stock 4%. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Wall Street