Jan 4, 2010

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, January 4, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, January 4, 2010

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Bernanke: Blame it on lax regulation

Jan 4, 2010
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke is defensive against charges the Fed helped to fuel the bubble in the housing market. But he says interest rate policy wasn't the problem. Nancy Marshall-Genzer reports.

Organic work aids fertilizer-free crops

Jan 4, 2010
Fertilizer is costly and scarce in Rwanda, and some farmers struggle to produce crops in the barren soil. But some are learning to overcome these conditions by using cost-effective organic techniques. Gregory Warner reports.

Vaccine could treat nicotine addiction

Jan 4, 2010
Scientists in Maryland are developing a vaccine to protect smokers against the addictive effects of nicotine. It's possible insurance companies could pay for treatments if the drug is approved. Brett Neely reports.

Novartis to buy Alcon in $40B deal

Jan 4, 2010
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis is taking full control of the U.S. eye-care company Alcon in a deal worth nearly $40 billion. Stephen Beard explores how Novartis stands to benefit from the deal.

Automakers race to make new cop car

Jan 4, 2010
Ford's Crown Victoria has been the standard go-to car used by law enforcement. But now that the automaker is discontinuing the model, several other car companies are stepping up their competition. Alisa Roth reports.

States vie for federal education grants

Jan 4, 2010
The deadline is approaching for states to apply for more than $4 billion in federal education grants. States are scrambling to be eligible as the most innovative reforms will get the largest grants. John Dimsdale reports.

Exploring the 'January Effect'

Jan 4, 2010
Popular belief says the fortune of the markets can be determined by how well they do in January. Steve Chiotakis discusses this phenomenon with Sam Stovall, Chief Investment Strategist at S&P Equity Research.

Cold weather pushes up oil prices

Jan 4, 2010
Oil is up $2 to over $81 a barrel, its highest in more than two months. The main reason: the cold weather. Bill Radke gets more from energy reporter Carola Hoyos with the Financial Times.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC