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Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, March 3, 2014
Mar 3, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, March 3, 2014

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The newly-installed Prime Minister of Ukraine said just now a military conflict in the country would ruin regional stabilty. He also says the new government has no intention of nationalizing private companies. However a key part of that country is now under the authority of the Russian military. And, Americans bought fewer cars than expected this winter, despite big incentive programs from manufacturers and retailers. So GM and Ford will extend offers through March. Plus, Puerto Rico will raise $3.5 billion via a bond issue next month. But Puerto Rico is $70 billion in debt, and the bond money will only keep the island afloat for a short period.

Segments From this episode

Is Puerto Rico the new Greece?

Mar 3, 2014
Puerto Rico is issuing $3.5 billion worth of bonds this month and investors are hungry to buy.
A view of Isla Verde Beach in Old San Juan , Puerto Rico
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Cold, snowy winter brings hot deals on cars

Mar 3, 2014
Endless snowstorms, freezing cold, and an uncertain economy has car sales skidding off the road in 2014. So carmakers are extending their incentive programs.

The economics of Russia's moves in Ukraine

Mar 3, 2014
With Russia seizing control in Southern Ukraine, some of the geo-economics of the tension.

Can shipping containers solve London's housing crisis?

Mar 3, 2014
Rent for old steel containers costs just $400 per month.

PODCAST: Markets react to Ukraine

Mar 3, 2014
We look at the economics of Russia's military moves in Ukraine. And, car sales lagged as winter weather put a chill on car buyers, so automakers are letting their discounts run a little longer.

The newly-installed Prime Minister of Ukraine said just now a military conflict in the country would ruin regional stabilty. He also says the new government has no intention of nationalizing private companies. However a key part of that country is now under the authority of the Russian military. And, Americans bought fewer cars than expected this winter, despite big incentive programs from manufacturers and retailers. So GM and Ford will extend offers through March. Plus, Puerto Rico will raise $3.5 billion via a bond issue next month. But Puerto Rico is $70 billion in debt, and the bond money will only keep the island afloat for a short period.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC