Nov 28, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, November 28, 2011

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The European debt crisis hits another phase, as leaders in the region throw around ideas to solve the root issues. Lipitor, the highest selling drug of all time, is set to lose its patent this week. The annual UN Climate Summit starts today in Durban, South Africa. And Paddy Hirsch explains the term "ringfencing" -- at the zoo.

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Egyptian economy still chugging along amid protests

Nov 28, 2011
Egyptians began voting today in the first phase of parliamentary elections. The country's economy has hit a hard patch, but not quite come to a halt.

PODCAST: Black Friday's leftovers

Nov 28, 2011
The national retail federation says sales over the last 4 days jumped 16 percent from last year. Consumers spent an average of 398 dollars on Black Friday-- and Black Thursday, and all Black Saturday and Sunday. And about 40 percent of that shopping was done online.
Customers shop for electronics items during Black Friday at a Best Buy store in San Diego, Calif.
Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

What is a ringfence?

Nov 28, 2011
One of the solutions being floated around to help save Europe is called a "ringfence." But what is that exactly?
Steve Chiotakis and Paddy Hirsch at the zoo to explain ringfences.
Mary Dooe/Marketplace

Italian government encourages citizens to buy bonds

Nov 28, 2011
The new initiative seeks citizens' help to bail the country out. Even so, towering debt remains a huge problem for Italy.

'Increased discipline' needed to fix Europe

Nov 28, 2011
Ideas are being bounced around today about ways to solve the European debt crisis once and for all.

U.N. climate summit begins in South Africa

Nov 28, 2011
The annual U.N. Climate Summit starts today in Durban, South Africa. Unfortunately, these summits don't seem have a great track-record for enacting change.

Fiscal union could solve Europe's debt problems

Nov 28, 2011
One idea that's emerging this morning is to create a fiscal union between countries to enforce tighter budgets across Europe.

Fairfax, Va.: Land of corporate headquarters and 4.6 percent unemployment

Nov 28, 2011
One country in Virginia is managing to survive and prosper even as the country at large has ongoing financial problems.

Mid-day Extra: Cyber Monday goes mobile

Nov 28, 2011
Today is Cyber Monday, and it follows on the tails of a very promising Black Friday sales weekend. But what do customers, and companies, have to lose from the surge in mobile shopping?

Lipitor at the end of its patent

Nov 28, 2011
Pfizer's big seller, Lipitor, loses its patent this week. But the drug giant isn't ready to give up all those customers just yet.

NBA reaches tentative deal

Nov 28, 2011
After months of deadlock, the National Basketball Association has reached a deal to begin the season on Christmas.

European debt crisis reaches pivotal moment

Nov 28, 2011
Last week marked more bad news for economies across Europe, including Germany. If more countries follow suit this week, the crisis could reach its threshold

Where the euro crisis could hit the U.S.

Nov 28, 2011
Money markets are supposed to be a safe investment. The European debt crisis could soon change that.

President Obama meets with euro officials on crisis

Nov 28, 2011
President Obama is hosting some top European Union officials at the White House this morning, as concerns grow about what the debt crisis in Europe could do to the American economy.

The European debt crisis hits another phase, as leaders in the region throw around ideas to solve the root issues. Lipitor, the highest selling drug of all time, is set to lose its patent this week. The annual UN Climate Summit starts today in Durban, South Africa. And Paddy Hirsch explains the term “ringfencing” — at the zoo.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC