Marketplace for Friday, December 2, 2011

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The unemployment dropped to 8.6 percent in November. Will this trend continue or is this just a one time thing? Meanwhile, the Senate failed to pass a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut. The Walt Disney Company has raised its annual dividend by 50 percent. Businesses are warming up to getting green. We look at what it might take to rebrand the euro's tarnished image. And commentator Bethany McLean asks why Enron, 10 years after it filed for bankruptcy, is still the poster child for corporate corruption.

Payroll tax cut extension still in limbo

Extending the payroll tax cut failed in the Senate over divisions on how to pay for it. If it isn't paid for, that diverts money from Social Security.
Posted In: payroll tax

Jobless rate falls to lowest level since 2009

The U.S. economy added 120,000 jobs in November. But the unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent because many more people dropped out of the workforce.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Businesses warm to going green

Even without government regulation, big business is embracing environmental goals.
Posted In: green biz

Rebranding the euro

A crisis of confidence besets the euro as it approaches its 10th anniversary. Can the currency be rebranded to restore its luster?
Posted In: euro

Weekly Wrap: The 8.6% unemployment, the euro fix

Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street. This week: Today's latest jobs numbers and whether the central banks' plans to save the euro will work.
Posted In: Wall Street

Letters: Payroll tax cut, holiday sales, crap technology

Going over listeners' responses to past broadcasts. This week: What companies can do to help the economy, what's been ignored in the holiday shopping coverage, and old but underrated products.
Posted In: letters

Enron, ten years later

The energy giant filed for bankruptcy on Dec. 2nd, 2001. Ten years on, what does Enron mean in the face of the most recent financial crisis?
Posted In: Enron

Disney's gift to shareholders signals an improved economy

Disney and other big companies have boosted annual stock dividends lately. Does this mean America's economic crystal ball is clearer? Or do companies simply not have better options to spend the cash they're hoarding?
Posted In: disney, dividends

Donald Trump to moderate debate

Donald Trump will moderate an upcoming Republican debate.
Posted In: donald trump, republican debate

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Will My Feet Still Carry Me Home
Elf Power
One Chance
Apollo Brown
Ritual Union
Little Dragon
Dame Agua
Captain Planet
Come Close (Instrumental) [Explicit]
Nicolay