Jan 13, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 13, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 13, 2011

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PREVIEW: Lot 354

Jan 13, 2011
Marketplace worked with Los Angeles public TV station KCET and its show, SoCal Connected, to tell the story of a single home, and that home's place in the American economy. Kai Ryssdal gives us a sneak peek inside "Lot 354."

Diane Swonk: Increases in wholesale prices and the affect on the global economy

Jan 13, 2011
Jeremy Hobson speaks to Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial about the news from the government that producer prices rose more than expected in December.

Demand of agricultural commodities rises, report predicts small harvests

Jan 13, 2011
The price of agricultural commodities is on the rise. As improving economies buy more product, suppliers struggle to keep up with demand. Since last summer, contracts for future deliveries of wheat and corn have almost doubled. John Dimsdale reports.

The World Bank releases its predictions for 2011

Jan 13, 2011
The World Bank released a new report, saying unemployment will stay high, and rising food prices could be a major problem. Stephen Beard explains.

China denies involvement in Renault scandal

Jan 13, 2011
Three executives were suspended by the French car maker Renault last week on suspicion of leaking information about its multi-billion dollar electric car program.

Congressional Oversight Panel says government sold GM stock too soon

Jan 13, 2011
Back in November, the Treasury Department sold almost half of its shares in General Motors for about $33 apiece. Today, shares of GM are going for $38. Senator Ted Kaufman explains.

Increasing numbers of banks are also walking away from foreclosures

Jan 13, 2011
The number of homes seized by banks topped 1 million last year. And while the number of foreclosures keeps rising, new report from a housing advocacy group Woodstock says there's also an increasing number of lenders walking away from foreclosures.

Continued troubles for housing market

Jan 14, 2011
RealtyTrac's report today on housing revealed ongoing troubles concerning the housing market. Mitchell Hartman reports more on the details.

Small businesses expand to overseas markets

Jan 14, 2011
President Obama wants to double U.S. exports over the next five years, and one key to that is the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The agency is now focusing on small business, getting owners involved in overseas markets. Eve Troeh reports.

The companies to watch closely in 2011

Jan 14, 2011
Which companies should you be watching to get a good take on the American economic recovery in 2011? Marketplace economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives his top three picks.

Mattel and MGA continue legal battle over Bratz

Jan 14, 2011
Mattel won ownership over California company MGA of the Bratz dolls in 2008, but an appeals court reversed that ruling last year. Now they're fighting over whether one stole trade secrets. In the meantime, Bratz are losing their popularity. Jennifer…

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