Marketplace for October 14, 2011

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Marketplace for October 14, 2011

Italian prime minister survives confidence vote

The Italian parliament votes to keep Silvio Berlusconi's government, but concerns are still strong about how the country will handle its major debt.

Occupy Wall Street occupies an odd park

Zuccotti Park is one of many privately owned public spaces in New York. Unlike city-owned parks, it's open around the clock.
Posted In: Wall Street

Weekly Wrap: Free trade agreements, Occupy protesters

Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street. This week: the new free trade agreements, the blocking of President Obama's jobs bill and the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Posted In: Wall Street

Insurer divvies up excess profits among policyholders

Blue Shield of California will return $283 million to customers. Other big insurers could be next.
Posted In: Health

Gap has designs on expanding in China. Is it too late?

The Monitor Group's Torsten Stocker discusses the challenges Gap faces as it plans to close several U.S. stores by 2013 and triple its business in China.
Posted In: Retail

Credit card holders pay on time

Right now, just 3.5 percent of credit card holders are a month or more behind on payments. Has the recession caused a permanent change in habits?
Posted In: Credit Cards

The robots are coming! The robots are coming!

A tight job market means fierce competition to find work. What could make things worse for job seekers? Robots.
Posted In: robots

Small talk: Less babies, golfing with sharks, a luxurious toilet

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: America's producing less babies, sharks at the golf course, and a $6,400 toilet.

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Nightfood
Tussle
Moonshine (Instrumental)
Matlock
It. 122
Alexander Robotnick & Ludus Pinsky