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Feb 18, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, February 18, 2013

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This month US Airways merged with American Airlines, then Warren Buffet bought Heinz -- some experts are calling it the return of the mega deal, but do these big deals make companies stronger? A vote in the European Parliament tomorrow…

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Merger enthusiasts take note: A lot of mergers end badly

Feb 18, 2013
Multibillion-dollar deals involving Dell, American Airlines and Heinz may portend another boom in giant mergers and buyouts. But historians warn most mergers go bust.

Anticipating this week's housing stats -- without dread

Feb 18, 2013
The market for new housing has been heating up, even though plenty of foreclosed homes are for sale too.

Possible funding cuts weigh on researcher

Feb 18, 2013
Biomedical engineer worries about the future of her research amid the sequester threat.

How your friends affect your job prospects

Feb 18, 2013
A new book charts the connection between your career and the friends you keep.
President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). A new book charts the link between careers and friendships.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

EU looks to halt carbon permits, raise prices

Feb 18, 2013
The European parliament is voting to halt new carbon permits in an effort to drive up the price of emissions, but will the tinkering hurt the credibility of the carbon trading system?

Maker's Mark backs down from plans to dilute bourbon

Feb 18, 2013
The company that owns Maker's Mark, the brand known for bottles that are hand-sealed with wax, is backing down from a decision to water down its whiskey.

PODCAST: Bunny control, sequester standoff

Feb 18, 2013
How the sequester standoff affects a biomedical researcher in Baltimore, housing on the economic stat agenda, Venezuela's uncertain political uncertainty, and a new use for fox urine.
The Denver Airport is dealing with an unusual problem: Bunnies.
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Hugo Chavez news: Venezuelan president reappears

Feb 18, 2013
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to his country Monday after spending over two months in Cuba for cancer treatment.
Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gather to celebrate after Chavez announced on Twitter that he had returned to the country from Cuba on February 18, 2013.
JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images

This month US Airways merged with American Airlines, then Warren Buffet bought Heinz — some experts are calling it the return of the mega deal, but do these big deals make companies stronger? A vote in the European Parliament tomorrow on whether Europe should temporarily stop issuing carbon permits could threaten one of the key measures designed to tackle climate change. And if you are not happy with your career, it could be time to take a look at who your friends are.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC