Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, May 25, 2015
May 25, 2015

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, May 25, 2015

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Airing on Monday, May 25, 2015: After a dismal winter, many indicators are pointing to a pretty good late spring and summer for housing — typically the most important months both for home sales and new home construction. Next: funeral homes have long been accused of scamming customers, who are spending lots of money when they’re grieving and vulnerable. A recent Federal Trade Commission investigation found fraud increased last year. Plus, Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate ... these are some of the economic indicators we look at regularly on this show to frame the big drop in oil prices and drilling rig counts. But as we find out, in the town of Williston, North Dakota, the nation's second-largest oil producer, there are other telling metrics ... like hot dogs and U-Hauls. 

 

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The oil economy, as measured in hot dogs and U-Hauls

May 25, 2015
What unusual metrics tell us about North Dakota.

Late springs warms up housing

May 25, 2015
After a dismal kickoff to 2015, the housing economy is picking up.

At Harvard, even the meat smoker is smart

May 25, 2015
Part of the curriculum for one engineering class has been cooking lots of brisket.

Cheaper fuel, cheaper flights. But not for you.

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May 25, 2015
Continued low oil prices mean airlines are saving billions of dollars.

PODCAST: Show me the money, airlines

May 25, 2015
Asian markets stay open, cheap fuel but not flights, and inventing a smart smoker.

Funeral home fraud rose in 2014, FTC probe finds

May 25, 2015
Rules prevent sale of unneeded items. Directors association says its complicated.

Airing on Monday, May 25, 2015: After a dismal winter, many indicators are pointing to a pretty good late spring and summer for housing — typically the most important months both for home sales and new home construction. Next: funeral homes have long been accused of scamming customers, who are spending lots of money when they’re grieving and vulnerable. A recent Federal Trade Commission investigation found fraud increased last year. Plus, Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate … these are some of the economic indicators we look at regularly on this show to frame the big drop in oil prices and drilling rig counts. But as we find out, in the town of Williston, North Dakota, the nation’s second-largest oil producer, there are other telling metrics … like hot dogs and U-Hauls. 

 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC