Marketplace PM for December 4, 2006

Episode Description 

Clock's ticking for Pfizer

Pfizer halted development of its new cholesterol drug following unexpected deaths during test trials. It's a huge blow to the drugmaker, which needs a blockbuster with Lipitor's patent set to expire in 5 years. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Congress punts budget . . . again

The lame duck Congress has decided to leave the unfinished budget for next year. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Congressional Quarterly's Jill Barshay about what else will — and will not — get done this week.
Posted In: Washington

Doctors: Stop advertising to kids

An influential doctor's association has issued a call to ban all questionable advertising targeted at children. But will it translate into real legislative action? Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Health

Big fat budget priority

Commentator and economist Susan Lee says government interference in the fat market makes sense but wonders, exactly how much are taxpayers willing to spend? A new study provides a surprising answer.
Posted In: Health, Taxes

Hedging on human behavior

More and more hedge fund firms are using psychological theories to pick what they invest in. Amy Scott explains how "behavioral finance" works.
Posted In: Investing

GM finally plugs into hybrid fever

Host Kai Ryssdal and LA Times auto critic Dan Neil surveyed the scene at last week's Los Angeles Auto Show, where GM unveiled its newest challenger in the hybrid vehicle category.

Tribe members venture into business world

More and more Native Americans are choosing entrepreneurship as a path out of poverty — and casinos aren't part of the mix, Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship