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Playlist: Sanofi and Genzyme

Katharine Crnko Feb 16, 2011

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Wednesday February 16, 2011

Wednesday brought an end to the long-awaited deal between French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis and the U.S. biotech firm Genzyme. Sanofi will buy Genzyme for at least $20.1 billion. But the number could go higher if Genzym’s drugs-in-development succeed when they go to market, as Eve Troeh explains.

Food is getting more expensive worldwide, but economists predict rising prices won’t largely affect American life.

David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times discusses why online credit card fraud is becoming a big problem, and how to best guard yourself from it.

French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis will pay more than $20.1 billion for U.S. biotech firm Genzyme. Sanofi will pay $74 per Genzyme share once the deal closes in the second quarter of 2011. The BBC’s Jon Bithrey has more.

The Bank of England will announce its outlook for U.K. growth and inflation today. Amid cost-of-living concerns, the central bank faces a tough decision: Is the economic recovery strong enough to handle an increase in interest rates in order to curb inflation? Christopher Werth has more.

As pure cotton increasingly becomes a luxury fabric, clothing designers experiment with new blends and substitutes. Interested in a dress made from recycled swimsuits?

Some job listings these days specify that only employed workers need apply. It can be a frustrating situation for the long-term unemployed.

The U.S. Labor Department announced today that the producer price index rose more the 3.5 percent over the past year. Consumers are already feeling the jump in energy prices at the pump, as David Wyss explains.

Jeremy Hobson speaks to Richard DeKaser, economist at the Parthenon Group, about today’s inflation numbers from the U.S. Labor Department.

Borders Group, the second largest bookseller in the country, has turned the page into Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. The company announced its plans to close almost 200 stores and drastically cut its staff. Eve Troeh reports.

Higher fuel and food costs pushed up wholesale prices last month. Steve Chiotakis speaks with analyst Peter Cohan this morning to get more information on these numbers.

Here are the songs we played:

  • Designated Wizard Practicing Area — Bellbury Poly Buy
  • Fast as You Can — Fiona AppleBuy
  • Girl and the Sea — The PresetsBuy
  • A Million Times — Ms. John SodaBuy
  • Oblivion and Points Beyond — SidewaysBuy

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