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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, August 8, 2013
Aug 8, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, August 8, 2013

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This morning, China reported strong trade numbers for July -- exports were up 5 percent from a year earlier. The news is helping quell worries that the world's second largest economy is slowing down. Today, the USDA will release its weekly crop export report. The U.S. exports about half of its wheat, and prices are a little high right now in some import markets as countries in the Middle East shun U.S. grain tenders. And, you've probably heard about the new health insurance marketplace scheduled to be up and running in October.
But, it turns out there are other health care marketplaces -- except instead of selling coverage, they sell services like MRIs and sonograms in a way similar to travel websites.

Segments From this episode

Searching online for health care deals

Aug 8, 2013
Imagine the Priceline.com of medical procedures.

Chafing at the high price of U.S. wheat

Aug 8, 2013
American wheat growers are facing stiff competition this year from cheaper crops in Romania and the Ukraine.

China's economy isn't slowing down yet

Aug 8, 2013
A slow and steady recovery? Good economic news from China.

California city tries using eminent domain to help underwater homeowners

Aug 8, 2013
Richmond, California is attempting to keep homeowners in their homes by using eminent domain to buy underwater mortgages, and the banks don't like it.

Feds and Mexican drug cartels find common ground on legalized marijuana

Aug 8, 2013
You know who doesn't like legalized weed? The drug cartels. And the federal government.
Fast Eddy Aki'a of Hawaii smokes a joint as thousands gathered to celebrate the state's medicinal marijuana laws and collectively light up at 4:20 p.m. in Civic Center Park April 20, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.
Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

PODCAST: Where the federal government and drug cartels see eye to eye

Aug 8, 2013
Jobless claims hit lowest level since 2007. Yahoo is rolling out new branding ideas in the days leading up to a new logo launch next month. And, you know who doesn't like legalized weed? The drug cartels. And the federal government.
Fast Eddy Aki'a of Hawaii smokes a joint as thousands gathered to celebrate the state's medicinal marijuana laws and collectively light up at 4:20 p.m. in Civic Center Park April 20, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.
Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

This morning, China reported strong trade numbers for July — exports were up 5 percent from a year earlier. The news is helping quell worries that the world’s second largest economy is slowing down. Today, the USDA will release its weekly crop export report. The U.S. exports about half of its wheat, and prices are a little high right now in some import markets as countries in the Middle East shun U.S. grain tenders. And, you’ve probably heard about the new health insurance marketplace scheduled to be up and running in October.
But, it turns out there are other health care marketplaces — except instead of selling coverage, they sell services like MRIs and sonograms in a way similar to travel websites.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC