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Apr 10, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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It's been more than four years since the giant investment bank Bear Stearns collapsed, and the banking system is still in trouble -- but bank stocks have been soaring recently. Facebook is making its biggest purchase yet, as it gears up to go public. This Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and Belfast, Northern Ireland is hoping to become the center of Titanic tourism.

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Profits, for now, fuel bank stocks

Apr 9, 2012
As earnings season begins, banks are predicted to post the strongest growth this year. But revenues are sluggish, so how do profits keep soaring?
Bank of America mortgage services representatives help register people looking for help with their mortgages on February 22, 2012 in Miami, Fla. Bank of America is among the banking giants who have seen their stocks soaring recently.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Red Lobster building huge aquafarm in Malaysia

Apr 9, 2012
The parent company of Red Lobster will create a 35-square-mile aquafarm to help keep its restaurants from running out of lobster.

Missouri's low cigarette tax under fire

Apr 10, 2012
A ballot initiative could raise the tax rate on a pack of smokes in Missouri, which is 8x lower than the national average.

Is Facebook's big Instagram purchase worth it?

Apr 10, 2012
Facebook is making its biggest purchase yet as it prepares to go public. The company is buying the photo-sharing app Instagram for a billion dollars.

Insta-billion: The price tag on Instagram

Apr 10, 2012
A wee little program that lets you send photos from your cell phone to your pals is worth a billion U.S. dollars. That’s the price the social networking company Facebook is paying to snap up Instagram, an app that also lets the sender mess with the photos before sending them.

Greek police officers, vehicles for rent

Apr 10, 2012
The new scheme could help the police force raise money and stop the taxpayer from footing the bill.

The Titanic: Now a source of pride for Belfast

Apr 10, 2012
After decades of wariness about having built the ship that came to a tragic end, Belfast is now trying to cash in on the Titanic connection.

The motivation behind Facebook's Instagram buy

Apr 10, 2012
Facebook is making its biggest purchase yet as it prepares to go public. The company is buying the photo-sharing app Instagram for a billion dollars. Is it worth the price tag?

Government's new plan to end growing cell phone theft

Apr 10, 2012
There’s word today the federal government is moving to render those stolen cell phones a lot less valuable. The plan is to make phone companies keep a registry of specific phones as opposed to phone numbers.

PODCAST: Big banks need more capital, a new Oval Office

Apr 10, 2012
It's been more than four years since the giant investment bank Bear Stearns collapsed, and the banking system is still in trouble -- but bank stocks have been soaring recently. Facebook is making its biggest purchase yet, as it gears up to go public. This Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and Belfast, Northern Ireland is hoping to become the center of Titanic tourism.
The desk of U.S. President Barack Obama sits in the newly redecorated Oval Office of the White House August 31, 2010 in Washington, D.C. U.S.
Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images

Hybrid car buyers aren't the most loyal

Apr 10, 2012
Turns out, many Americans who purchase a hybrid car end up going back to a non-hybrid the next time they hit the car lot.

What we can expect from earnings season

Apr 10, 2012
With some tough economic news in the last week or so with the jobs report, and today some evidence of a slowdown in China, Wall Street is anticipating modest reports from corporations.

Instagram could struggle to turn a profit

Apr 10, 2012
Facebook is buying the mobile app company Instagram for $1 billion. But when many similar image-based companies have failed to make a profit, will Instagram be any different?

Brewing companies look to up their game in China

Apr 10, 2012
Bloomberg News reports that local beer in China tends go for the equivalent of about 30 cents a can, so there's the push is on for super fancy high end beer like... Budweiser.

It’s been more than four years since the giant investment bank Bear Stearns collapsed, and the banking system is still in trouble — but bank stocks have been soaring recently. Facebook is making its biggest purchase yet, as it gears up to go public. This Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and Belfast, Northern Ireland is hoping to become the center of Titanic tourism.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC