Marketplace for Thursday, July 17, 2008

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Marketplace for Thursday, July 17, 2008

Financials boost mood on Wall Street

Oil prices went down, financial reports weren't as grim as expected, even the bank sector looked a bit better today. Amy Scott asks what's up with the predictions of gloom.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Wall Street

EA's Spore makes gamers the creators

Electronic Arts is about to release a new life-simulation game called Spore that takes players from a single-cell organism to interplanetary societies. GamePro Media's George Jones explains to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Entertainment, Internet

Here's how to predict future oil prices

Experts use complicated formulas to predict the future price of oil. But commentator Justin Wolfers says he's got a simple do-it-yourself method that works even better.
Posted In: Oil

Anything in the pipeline for Russian oil?

You may not hear a lot about it, but Russia is second only to Saudi Arabia in oil production. And, as Russia analyst Nicholas Redman tells Kai Ryssdal, it may have a greater potential for growth.
Posted In: Oil, Russia

Wanna buy an NFL team?

Owners of three National Football League teams are looking to make deals that will get them out of complicated financial situations. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Sports Business Journal's Daniel Kaplan about whether the owners will get thrown for a loss.
Posted In: Sports

Making political points, not profits

With 2,000 left-of-center bloggers descending on Austin, Texas, this week for a gathering called Netroots Nation, we asked Marketplace's John Dimsdale to look into whether political blogging has profit-making potential.
Posted In: Internet

Clinton targets cost of malaria meds

Anti-malarial drugs can be so expensive that people with the disease go untreated. Former President Bill Clinton's foundation has struck a deal that would limit the cost of the drugs. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Health

Can IndyMac customers get a break?

Many depositors with the troubled IndyMac bank had to wait in line for hours this week to get their money out. They finally got cashiers checks, but it turns out other banks aren't in a hurry to cash them. Jeff Tyler reports.

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