Marketplace PM for March 20, 2006

Episode Description 

Markets on the rise

It's been a good few weeks for the markets. The S&P 500 and the Dow both reached nearly five-year highs and appear to be going strong. Can the bull market hang on? Are we setting ourselves up for another fall? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Wall Street

Patents before the Supreme Court

On Tuesday the High Court hears a case that boils down to a question of whether ideas can be patented. The outcome could effect effect thousands of patents issued on drugs, software and gene technology. Janet Babin reports.

Wal-Mart in China

Wal-Mart may be the biggest retailer in the world, but it doesn't even make the top 30 in China, where local stores dominate the market. That could change, if the Bentonville behemoth has its way. Patrick Hirsch reports.
Posted In: Canada

Snow on wages

US Treasury Secy. John Snow says the widening gap between high-paid and low-paid Americans shows how the nation's efficient labor market rewards more-productive workers. Kai Ryssdal speaks with John Dimsdale about Snow's remarks.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

Carbon disclosure

Shareholders of more than two dozen companies are concerned with more than just profits this year. They are wrestling with questions of climate change, and they want some answers. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Investing

The nanny state

The British government spends more than $350 million annually on advertising. That makes it the third-largest advertiser in the United Kingdom. Why does a government have to spend so much on ads? Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Menopause the Musical

Next week, a play on four women going through the Change celebrates its fifth anniversary. The show's producer estimates that over a million people worldwide have seen the production. Who goes to see it? Commentator Sandra Tsing-Loh has an idea.

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