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Jan 2, 2009

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 2, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 2, 2009

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Obama wants to reduce your energy bill

Jan 2, 2009
Weatherization is a big focus of President-elect Obama, but many don't know much about it. Sam Eaton reports simple fixes like sealing drafty windows can save you up to 30 percent on your energy bill.

Can churches withstand the recession?

Jan 2, 2009
In the midst of recession, many churches and church charity programs stand to lose billions. But history shows that churches have stay power. Kate Archer Kent reports from a struggling church in Houston.

Chinese production hits new low

Jan 2, 2009
Chinese factory output is at a record low as consumers try to save money. Some experts predict this is the start of a worsening situation, but recovery could start as soon as fall. Scott Tong reports.

Nonprofits keeping tabs on success

Jan 2, 2009
Cash-strapped donors are using stricter guidelines to justify charitable giving, particularly to nonprofits. That has some trying to assess how effective these organizations really are. Sean Powers reports.

Recession comes to Broadway

Jan 2, 2009
The poor economy is dimming the lights on a number of Broadway productions as theaters struggle to fill seats. Meanwhile, the surviving shows are trying to carry on with smaller budgets. Andrea Gardner reports.

Diverse groups line up for Obama plan

Jan 2, 2009
President-elect Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders next week to discuss a $700 billion stimulus plan, and interested parties lining up range the gamut from zoos to steelmakers. Steve Henn reports.

Buying the company when it's down

Jan 2, 2009
Investors looking for opportunity in a distressed market can find it in cheap company debt. But buyer beware: Something put that company into trouble to begin with, and it's wise to understand what. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Strikes make Gaza bereft of essentials

Jan 2, 2009
Almost all of the 800-plus tunnels in the Gaza strip are closed, controlling the influx of weapons to Hamas but also cutting off Palestinians to basic needs like cooking oil. Daniel Estrin reports humanitarian aid is coming in.

Mergers still happening in 2009

Jan 2, 2009
The credit markets may be stiff, but there's always money somewhere for mergers. And though they may not be the high-priced ventures of 2008, companies can still benefit from deals in the new year. Jill Barshay reports.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC