Marketplace AM for February 13, 2007
Feb 13, 2007

Marketplace AM for February 13, 2007

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Segments From this episode

Charging up the immigration debate

Feb 13, 2007
Bank of America is reportedly marketing credit cards to customers without Social Security numbers. The company launched the new program in 51 Los Angeles branches last week and hopes to take it national later this year.

Poor people gotta eat too

Feb 13, 2007
Commentator Angela Glover Blackwell says grocers would be wise to invest in inner cities, where healthy food choices are limited and dense populations offer more profit per square foot.

Yo yo, tax man

Feb 13, 2007
Who says there's no market for taxertainment? The company that makes TurboTax software is using rapper Vanilla Ice as a spokesman to scratch up some business.

Alcoa's new suitors

Feb 13, 2007
Metal prices are hot right now and that's got two wealthy mining companies fighting over the affections of the struggling aluminum giant. They're reportedly serenading Alcoa with buyout offers to the tune of $40 billion.

Paid sick days for all

Feb 13, 2007
Democrats want to guarantee all Americans seven days of paid sick leave a year, but passing the legislation won't be a slam dunk: Some Republicans and the business lobby are resistant.

Two checked bags? That'll be $500

Feb 13, 2007
British Airways is coming under fire for a new policy which requires travelers to pay as much as $500 for a second piece of checked luggage. But there are many exceptions to the new rule.

Market correction ahead

Feb 13, 2007
All good things must come to an end: Some analysts say Wall Street's long-lived upswing is due for a correction any day now. And it'll probably happen when we least expect it.

Car parts stuck on trains?

Feb 13, 2007
Canadian National Railway workers are striking over wages and if that dispute drags on, it could stop assembly lines at U.S. auto plants in their tracks.

North Korea agrees to de-nuke

Feb 13, 2007
Just four months after it tested a nuclear bomb, North Korea has agreed to shut down its main nuclear reactor and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program. Seems economic sanctions may have done the trick.

Faux diamonds sparking a gem war

Feb 13, 2007
This Valentine's Day, some consumers are opting for high-quality diamonds produced in a lab. They're cheaper and guilt-free — and the mined diamond industry isn't happy about it.

The team

Stephen Ryan Senior Producer, BBC