Marketplace report for Friday, July 18, 2008

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Marketplace report for Friday, July 18, 2008

OPEC and the oil crisis

Host Kai Ryssdal, who's been talking to experts about oil this week, speaks today with oil analyst Ruchir Kadakia about OPEC's standing in the oil world these days.
Posted In: Economy, Oil, Science

Fannie and Freddie shares up again

A rescue plan is in the works for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, but again today stock prices rose for both. And hoping to head off a government takeover, Freddie Mac is looking to sell $5.5 billion in stock. John Dimsdale sorts things out.

Hot Jobs: Boardwalk retailers

For the latest installment of our "Hot Jobs" series, we head to the Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, where we talk to a pair of summer retailers.
Posted In: Jobs, Retail

IBM service contracts boost profit

IBM, which had strong second-quarter earnings, is known as an indicator for the health of tech stocks. Then why did other tech giants fall flat? Janet Babin has the story.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Science, Wall Street

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Economy, Internet, Wall Street

Letters from our listeners

Marketplace listeners give us some food for thought about summer camp, photographs, Rubbermaid and tennis.

Will one style of Levi's 501 fly?

San Francisco-based Levi's, which used to tailor its 501 jeans for varying body sizes, will market one standard cut and style around the world to cut costs. Nancy Marshall Genzer has more.

The quirks of doing business in China

In Beijing now, new rules can close businesses in Olympic "safety zones." But as Scott Tong reports, seemingly overnight rule changes are nothing new in China when it comes to business.
Posted In: Jobs, Retail, Travel

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