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Jan 28, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, January 28, 2013

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This morning, we'll get a look at quarterly earnings from Caterpillar. The construction and mining equipment company's performance is seen as a key bellwether for the global economy, and Caterpillar's latest numbers could provide some insight about the strength of U.S. exports. Over the weekend, a new rule went into effect for smart phones: It is now illegal to unlock your phone without your provider's permission. And, a look at a Canadian company that makes the special paper on which money is printed.

Segments From this episode

As Caterpillar's earnings go, so go U.S. exports

Jan 28, 2013
The construction and mining equipment giant's quarterly earnings could be a harbinger of things to come for the U.S. export market.

Unlock your phone? You're breaking the law

Jan 28, 2013
If you're the type of tech savvy person who likes to hack your own electronics, you might be interested to know that unlocking your own cell phone without your provider's permission actually became illegal over the weekend.

Making money: The most secure paper in the world

Jan 28, 2013
How do you stop a counterfeiter? Holograms are out, but bank note windows are in. We talk with the CEO of Fortress Paper, a company that makes special paper that money is made from, with a focus on security.

Toyota's back on top

Jan 28, 2013
After a dramatic couple of years, Japanese car giant Toyota has beaten General Motors to become the world's biggest-selling car maker.

New credit card fees may be passed on to consumers

Jan 28, 2013
Using a credit card? Watch out for new 'swipe fees' being passed on from merchants to consumers.

Short on tax revenue, Atlanta counties sue HSBC

Jan 28, 2013
The housing crash not only touched off a wave of foreclosures, it torpedoed property values and the taxes cities and counties collect off them. But some localities are fighting back in an effort to reverse their budget shortfalls.

Senate group to unveil immigration reform plan

Jan 28, 2013
A bipartisan group of Senators is unveiling the outlines of a major immigration reform plan today.

Optimism! American companies buy big ticket items

Jan 28, 2013
An unexpected jump in orders for durable goods is a great sign for manufacturing and the economy.

Are investors souring on Apple?

Jan 28, 2013
Apple shares fell 12 percent after record iPhone sales in December failed to meet forecasts.

PODCAST: Caterpillar and the economy and unlocking your iPhone is now breaking the law

Jan 28, 2013
What a construction giant tells us about the larger economy, and what happens now that unlocking your phone is illegal.

This morning, we’ll get a look at quarterly earnings from Caterpillar. The construction and mining equipment company’s performance is seen as a key bellwether for the global economy, and Caterpillar’s latest numbers could provide some insight about the strength of U.S. exports. Over the weekend, a new rule went into effect for smart phones: It is now illegal to unlock your phone without your provider’s permission. And, a look at a Canadian company that makes the special paper on which money is printed.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC