Marketplace AM for December 13, 2006
Dec 13, 2006

Marketplace AM for December 13, 2006

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Steel power lunch

Dec 13, 2006
This week in 1900, one of the girders of the U.S. industrial economy was formed over a lunch meeting. Stacy Vanek-Smith has the history.
Rolled steel at a steel products exchange market in Shanghai. China's growing need for raw materials has meant a boon for Latin America.
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A recipe for economic slowdown

Dec 13, 2006
There's been a lot of talk about economic populism in Congress lately, but commentator David Frum argues that a little protectionism and redistribution can do a lot of harm.

More merger talk in the air

Dec 13, 2006
Ever since US Air made a bid for Delta last month, merger mania has hit the airline industry. Just this morning, word of two possible deals. Dan Grech reports.

Harrah's considers buyout offers

Dec 13, 2006
The board of the world's largest casino company meets today to consider competing buyout offers from three private equity firms and a hedge fund. Steve Tripoli reports.

Christmas tree surplus

Dec 13, 2006
A glut of Christmas trees on the domestic market has forced growers to look for sales opportunities abroad. Chris Lehman reports.

EU crackdown on chemicals

Dec 13, 2006
The European Union's REACH law is expected to pass today. It would regulate use of chemicals in products sold in the EU — and that could cost U.S. companies big-time. Stephen Beard reports.

Corporate America and foreign oil

Dec 13, 2006
Big business is organizing to lobby Washington about overseas oil dependence. Host Scott Jagow talks to Goldman Sachs' vice-chairman Bob Hormats about the group's mission.

Making nice in China . . . for now

Dec 13, 2006
The U.S. trade delegation in China is off to an amicable start, but the mood may change tomorrow when the U.S. presents its list of complaints. Ruth Kirchner reports.

Time to raise the bar on hedge funds?

Dec 13, 2006
Do wealth limits for buying into hedge funds protect average investors or just help the rich get richer? The SEC meets today to consider what to do with those requirements. Amy Scott reports.

SEC reconsiders Sarbanes-Oxley

Dec 13, 2006
Federal regulators are expected today to offer some relief for smaller companies that have been complaining about the cost of complying with the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley accounting rules. John Dimsdale reports.

New antidepressant warning?

Dec 13, 2006
There's already a safety warning for children, but today an FDA panel looks at whether labeling on antidepressants should include increased risk of suicide for adults too. Helen Palmer reports.

The team

Stephen Ryan Senior Producer, BBC