Marketplace PM for December 27, 2005

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Inverted yield curve

A rare economic phenomenon occurred today - the yield curve on Treasury Bills inverted. Marketplace's John Dimsdale has more on what that means - and why it's not a good sign for the American economy.
Posted In: Economy

Guidant troubles

Today, Boston Scientific said it will continue with plans to acquire rival medical device maker Guidant, despite Guidant's profit warning last week. Also, Guidant is in more trouble with the FDA - it sent a letter to the company today about problems at a Guidant facility. Marketplace's Helen Palmer explains.
Posted In: Health

TiVo ratings

Tomorrow, Nielsen will release its first ever ratings for DVRs - TiVos and other digital video recorders. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to Ira Teinowitz of Ad Age about why the ratings are so important for advertisers.

Sugar daddies

This week Cuba celebrates the 47th anniversary of its Communist revolution. And 14 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuban leader Fidel Castro has found a new sponsor for the revolution. Marketplace's Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada

Exxon's future

Lee Raymond, chairman of Exxon Mobil, retires at the end of this year after nearly 15 years at the top of the biggest oil companym and some analysts are worried that Rex Tillerson, the incoming boss, can't fill Raymond's oversized boots. Writer and commentator Vijay Vaitheeswaran says Exxon may well be in trouble, but not because Lee Raymond is leaving.

NYU Stern School

If you were a menu, what kinds of dishes would you offer? You've probably never thought about it... unless you happen to have applied to New York University's Stern School of Business. At Stern, getting in to business school means thinking outside the box of GRE scores and personal statements. Laura Spero reports.

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