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Apr 19, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Spain and France will attempt to sell billions of dollars worth of government bonds today to raise cash. While other big box stores seem to be in trouble, why is Guitar Center thriving? At Whole Foods this weekend, fish produced in an unsustainable way will officially be banned from the stores. And how zoning laws could change education for kids in poor neighborhoods.

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Ryan Seacrest and the legacy of Dick Clark

Apr 19, 2012
American Bandstand legend Dick Clark's knack for spotting an emerging star is getting much attention today, but he was a very effective entrepreneur -- turning his public persona into a publicly traded company, Dick Clark Productions, that amassed a fortune.

What to learn from this season's earnings

Apr 19, 2012
The corporate earnings reports are flooding in this morning, with companies like Southwest Airlines and Verizon telling us how they did in the first part of this year. In recent quarters, companies have padded their profits by cutting costs.

Auto supply chain takes a hit in Germany

Apr 19, 2012
A key component for building cars both here and around the world has has been nearly decimated by an explosion a couple of weeks ago in Germany.

Corporations report 1st quarter earnings

Apr 19, 2012
Big banks and other companies are reporting their earnings for the first three months of the year. What do they mean for the year ahead?

PODCAST: Morgan Stanley and other earnings, a hampster hotel

Apr 19, 2012
Spain and France will attempt to sell billions of dollars worth of government bonds today to raise cash. While other big box stores seem to be in trouble, why is Guitar Center thriving? At Whole Foods this weekend, fish produced in an unsustainable way will officially be banned from the stores. And how zoning laws could change education for kids in poor neighborhoods.
Pedestrians cross the street by the Morgan Stanley building in Times Square April 21, 2011 in New York City. Morgan Stanley profits fell 48 percent In the first quarter of 2011.
Ramin Talaie/Getty Images

When a movie gets no promotion

Apr 19, 2012
It's one way to market a movie, but it doesn't seem like it's building for success. The forthcoming Miley Cyrus movie called "LOL," according to the L.A. Times, will have no marketing budget to speak of and will be released first in just seven cities.

Americans, employment and the 'Optimism Gap'

Apr 19, 2012
In just a little while, we'll hear the latest on how many people were forced to sign up for unemployment benefits. But how's the job market doing if you actually ask people?

Gas prices inch down, but for how long?

Apr 19, 2012
They always seem to come down slower than they went up, but gasoline prices are beginning to ease -- there could be more relief in sight.

Guitar Center strums a new tune

Apr 19, 2012
The national music instrument retailer opens more stores. Bain Capital took Guitar Center private five years ago. What's the secret to its growth?

Could new zoning laws help educate poor kids?

Apr 19, 2012
Lifting bans on apartments in affluent neighborhoods might allow more low-income students to attend top public schools.

As France runs out of cash to borrow, politics could shift

Apr 19, 2012
France will try to borrow a lot more money today. But the low borrowing costs the country has seen every since the European Central Bank handed out a trillion dollars in emergency loans are no longer a sure thing -- that money may be running out.

Whole Foods bans red-rated fish from its stores

Apr 19, 2012
On Sunday -- Earth Day -- Whole Foods will stop selling wild seafood that's either overfished or caught in a harmful way, according to ratings from the Blue Ocean Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Spain and France will attempt to sell billions of dollars worth of government bonds today to raise cash. While other big box stores seem to be in trouble, why is Guitar Center thriving? At Whole Foods this weekend, fish produced in an unsustainable way will officially be banned from the stores. And how zoning laws could change education for kids in poor neighborhoods.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC