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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 2, 2014
Jan 2, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 2, 2014

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China has lifted a one-year ban on new stock listings, and a handful of companies are preparing to sell new stocks as early as today. The market for initial public offerings was frozen by the government in 2012 as it pushed to bring rigor and heft to a trading system seen as too risky. And, in this new year, you could hit a paywall when it comes to watching local TV news. Also, the S&P 500 went up 29 percent in the year gone by. The Nasdaq Composite rose nearly 40 percent. But this has prompted an argument that stock prices in 2013 were like cotton candy, lots of size, but not a lot of substance. 

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"A communist party casino" - Despite the lift of IPO ban in China, investors remain unhappy

Jan 2, 2014
China has announced it will lift a one-year ban on new stock listings in the new year. The market for initial public offerings was frozen by China’s government in late 2012 in attempts to reform a trading system deemed too risky. Traders in Shanghai aren't encouraged.

Foreclosures are down, but some places may see a surge

Jan 2, 2014
Nearly half of states require that foreclosures go through court. That slower process means a backlog of foreclosures is coming to market.

TV news paywalls are coming

Jan 2, 2014
A local TV station in Cincinnati will start charging for online content in early January. It’s among the first stations in the country to put up a so-called paywall.

Stocks in 2013: All sugar rush, no substance?

Jan 2, 2014
The stock markets saw huge gains last year, but are investors just on a sugar high?

Challenging new GED exams go all digital

Jan 2, 2014
Tests for high school equivalency are getting tougher, and will soon only be offered via computer.

Fiat hopes Chrysler deal will help it compete with VW, Toyota

Jan 2, 2014
The Italian carmaker hopes the deal will make them more competitive, and give them more of Chrysler's cash.

PODCAST: Fiat buys the rest of Chrysler

Jan 2, 2014
Starting today, the high school equivalency exam supposedly get tougher and will only be offered via computer. And, foreclosures are way down from the worst of the housing crisis, but don’t be surprised if some places see a rise in foreclosure sales.

China has lifted a one-year ban on new stock listings, and a handful of companies are preparing to sell new stocks as early as today. The market for initial public offerings was frozen by the government in 2012 as it pushed to bring rigor and heft to a trading system seen as too risky. And, in this new year, you could hit a paywall when it comes to watching local TV news. Also, the S&P 500 went up 29 percent in the year gone by. The Nasdaq Composite rose nearly 40 percent. But this has prompted an argument that stock prices in 2013 were like cotton candy, lots of size, but not a lot of substance. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC