Marketplace for Friday, Jan. 11, 2008
Three of Iraq's biggest state-owned cement firms have signed deals with outside investors from Romania, Germany and Lebanon. It may be a concrete sign of reconstruction taking hold. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Both Standard & Poor's and Moody's have reaffirmed their AAA ratings for the U.S. Treasury bill. But, Moody's did attach a note of caution to its assessment. Bob Moon explains.
When Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke all but promised an upcoming interest-rate cut, plenty of people responded: What took you so long, Ben? But commentator Mark Thoma says it's time to lay off the Fed.