Marketplace PM for May 9, 2007

Episode Description 

Fed holds steady. What the heck?

It's now seven meetings in a row the Federal Reserve has declined to move interest rates one way or the other. Kai Ryssdal got Greg McBride from Bankrate.com on the phone to get his take on what the Fed might be thinking.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Toll Bros. not in a luxury position

Given the state of the housing market, it wasn't entirely surprising when luxury homebuilder Toll Bros. warned it won't meet its earnings target for the year. Amy Scott reports even the wealthy are feeling some pain.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Wall Street

Toyota's got good news and bad news

Toyota reported another year of record profits. But those profits weren't quite as much as everybody had expected. And the company says things are going to be even slower next year. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto

Is anemia-drug use too red-blooded?

An FDA panel takes a look tomorrow at the use of anemia medications. They're often used by cancer patients, but they're expensive for patients and insurance companies. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Pay up!

One of the big credit bureaus has rolled out an electronic product that's worrying consumer advocates. It lets collection agencies zoom in on their prey faster than ever. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

A full plate of potential dangers

A month after reports of contaminated pet food, more attention has been put on the FDA's ability to monitor America's food quality. John Dimsdale reports there's a whole wide world of food sources out there to be worried about.
Posted In: Washington

China tends to leave investors weak

Commentator David Frum says that while you now know it may not be safe to buy pet food from China, what makes you think it's safe to put your 401(k) there?
Posted In: Investing

When business entered the New World

When The Virginia Company landed more than 100 settlers at Jamestown, Va., 400 years ago, things didn't start off so well. History professor Karen Kupperman talks with Kai Ryssdal about how the company operated.
Posted In: Books, Entrepreneurship, Investing, Jobs

A little frosting on the cake

It's the dream of many an entrepreneur:Come up with a product that's so successful, you take it national.There's one of those stories happening right now in Beverly Hills. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Retail