Mar 18, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 18, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 18, 2011

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NH opposes trend, considers cigarette tax cut

Mar 18, 2011
As many states face dwindling revenue, New Hampshire is the latest to lure out-of-state smokers with lower cigarette taxes -- a move that could fill budget holes.

G7 rallies to weaken yen, calm markets

Mar 18, 2011
The Group of Seven have announced their coordinated intervention plan to ease pressure on Japan's exchange rate, helping to boost stocks and weaken the yen.

Japan quake threatens to undermine Hawaii's economic recovery

Mar 18, 2011
Japanese tourism is a big part of Hawaii's economy, and it looks to see a drop off of about 30 percent this spring.

Nuclear regulation needs improvement

Mar 18, 2011
A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists concludes better enforcement of nuclear safety regulations in the U.S. would have prevented reactor incidents in 2010.

Obama heads to Latin America

Mar 18, 2011
President Obama gets set to talk trade with counterparts in Brazil, Chile and El Salvador.

Facebook looks to reach beyond social media

Mar 18, 2011
Facebook is reaching into areas of entertainment and e-commerce. But can it get its users to switch over and follow?

Japan raises nuclear crisis rating

Mar 18, 2011
The crisis rating at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility has been raised from level 4 to level 5 on an international scale of 7 as emergency work crews continue to regain control of the reactors. In Sendai, just miles from…

How a weak yen will help Japan's economy

Mar 18, 2011
Jill Schlesinger of CBS/Moneywatch explains how the G7's collective decision to intervene and lower the value of the yen could be the best chance of a swift recovery for Japan.

Federal Reserve expected to ease its grip on bank dividends

Mar 18, 2011
As the Fed wraps up its latest round of stress tests, some major banks are expecting be free of the Fed's strict oversight.

G7 coordination stabilizes yen

Mar 18, 2011
Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, explains how the Group of Seven central banks have rallied to fight a record-high yen.

Executive bonuses make a comeback

Mar 18, 2011
The Wall Street Journal has published a report this morning, examining the executive pay at 50 major corporations. Their findings? CEO bonuses jumped a median of 30.5 percent, the biggest gain in at least three years.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC