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Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, May 20, 2013
May 20, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, May 20, 2013

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Things have been electric on the Japanese stock market recently, but the country is in need of energy and is hunting for it in innovative ways. Gold, a precious metal that was once seen as a durable hedge against the recession, has had a lousy spring. And a solar powered plane continues its cross-country flight. 

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Solar plane only goes 58 MPH, but might change how we fly

May 20, 2013
Inventors of an experimental solar aircraft simply want to prove it’s possible to fly long distances using energy from the sun.
Inventors of an experimental solar aircraft simply want to prove it’s possible to fly long distances using energy from the sun.
Péclard Cédric/Solar Impulse

Gold prices are falling, but global demand is expected to grow

May 20, 2013
As an investment and inflation hedge, gold still looks overvalued, at nearly 30 percent below its peak. But demand for gold is growing in India and China.

What happens when a billionaire faces Congressional confirmation?

May 20, 2013
Commerce Secretary nominee and Hyatt heiress Penny Pritzker will have to shift her billions to avoid conflicts of interest, and prepare for questions about the family business.

Japan takes energy race overseas, promotes solar at home

May 20, 2013
Things have been electric on the Japanese stock market recently. But the country is in need of energy and is hunting for it in innovative ways.

Public pension funds rebound from recession

May 20, 2013
But for some the recovery still doesn't mean they are doing as well as they should.

Is the economy ready to fly by itself?

May 20, 2013
What happens if the Federal Reserve takes away the big can of sterno it put under the U.S. economy?

Yahoo buys Tumblr for $1.1 billion to get hip

Yahoo buys Tumblr in an effort to reach a younger audience.

PODCAST: Yahoo tumbles to get back up

May 20, 2013
Yahoo buys Tumblr. What will happen if the Federal Reserve backs off? And public pensions bounce back, but not enough for some.

Things have been electric on the Japanese stock market recently, but the country is in need of energy and is hunting for it in innovative ways. Gold, a precious metal that was once seen as a durable hedge against the recession, has had a lousy spring. And a solar powered plane continues its cross-country flight. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC