Aug 26, 2010

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Calif. moves on health insurance market

Aug 26, 2010
California has passed legislation to set up a new market for health insurance. The online exchange could be a model for other states as they implement the health care overhaul passed earlier this year. Reporter Amy Scott talks the details with Steve Chiotakis.

Good news amid the weak economy

Aug 26, 2010
The U.S. will soon publish its revised estimate for the country's economic growth rate and the expectation is slippage. But economics correspondent Chris Farrell says there is good news that's being ignored, and talks with Bob Moon about why he's somewhat optimistic.

Germans to bosses: Get off Facebook!

Aug 26, 2010
Several high-profile companies in Germany were recently caught using digital technology to keep tabs on workers. Germans were spooked by that, and have pushed for a new law that would stop your employer from checking out your Facebook page.

Why are Dell, HP bidding for 3PAR?

Aug 26, 2010
Dell and Hewlett-Packard put in big bids for 3PAR, a data storage company. 3PAR's board is said to have accepted an offer from Dell. But are the world's two largest PC companies in a race to acquire a company or playing a billion-dollar game of chicken? Gregory Warner reports.

Toll Bros. goes after distressed assets

Aug 26, 2010
Toll Brothers, the nation's largest builder of luxury homes, reported its first quarterly profit in three years. Analysts chalked it up mostly to lower write-downs. Joel Rose reports the company is looking for more growth by launching a new subsidiary to buy distressed assets.

Wal-Mart turns to high court for lawsuit

Aug 26, 2010
The world's biggest retailer is asking the Supreme Court to weigh in on a massive sex-discrimination lawsuit against the company. Wal-Mart says the class action case could include more than a million women and should be stopped. Amy Scott reports.

Producers ignore low natural gas prices

Aug 26, 2010
Prices for natural gas are down 18% this month. That's good for buyers, consumers and power plants, but not so much for producers. Scott Tong reports.

BP halts plans to drill off Greenland

Aug 26, 2010
BP has pulled out of a controversial plan to drill for oil off the coast of Greenland. Why?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC