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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Aug 6, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos snapped up The Washington Post yesterday, along with some other papers, for $250 million. Like most papers, the Post has been losing readers and advertisers. We take a look at what made Bezos do it. One of London's largest financial markets could be moved from the U.K. to the U.S. by its new American owner.  London International Financial Futures Exchange, or LIFFE, could be coming stateside. And, today we'll get an earnings report from First Solar, Inc. The American solar panel manufacturer has been branching out by building large-scale solar power projects -- partially in response to the plummeting price of solar panels.

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Solar panel maker survives by creating its own market

Aug 6, 2013
First Solar, Inc., has branched out into planning and building large-scale solar power. That strategy has helped the American company rise above plummeting prices for solar panels.

Speed prompts futures exchange to consider move to U.S.

Aug 6, 2013
The London International Financial Futures Exchange is considering a move to the U.S. That should make transactions marginally faster, but is this a wise move?

Jeep: A car brand for rich and poor alike

Aug 6, 2013
When it comes to cars, there are brands for rich people -- Mercedes, Audi, BMW -- and there are cars for people of more modest means -- Chevys, Fords, Toyotas. But just as many people at the bottom of the income ladder buy Jeeps as people at the top.
Al Davidson owns a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, which he takes off-roading on weekends. During the week he uses the Jeep to run his kids to sports practices and to get to work. He owns his own print shop in Orange County, California. 
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Amazon CEO buys Washington Post

Aug 6, 2013
Why would an internet mogul buy a fading journalistic institution?

First-time home buyers face difficulties

Aug 6, 2013
President Obama will be in Phoenix today, continuing his national tour focusing on the economy. The president is promoting home ownership for the middle class. But there is tension between Obama's message and the reality for many first-time buyers.

Gold goes down

Aug 6, 2013
After a long winning streak, the price of gold has been going down.

PODCAST: What does Jeff Bezos see in The Washington Post?

Aug 6, 2013
After a long winning streak, the price of gold has been going down. Why would an internet mogul like Jeff Bezos buy a fading journalistic institution like The Washington Post? And, when it comes to cars, there are brands for rich people and there are cars for people of more modest means. But just as many people at the bottom of the income ladder buy Jeeps as people at the top.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is the new owner of The Washington Post, at a press conference on September 6, 2012 in Santa Monica, California.
David McNew/Getty Images

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos snapped up The Washington Post yesterday, along with some other papers, for $250 million. Like most papers, the Post has been losing readers and advertisers. We take a look at what made Bezos do it. One of London’s largest financial markets could be moved from the U.K. to the U.S. by its new American owner.  London International Financial Futures Exchange, or LIFFE, could be coming stateside. And, today we’ll get an earnings report from First Solar, Inc. The American solar panel manufacturer has been branching out by building large-scale solar power projects — partially in response to the plummeting price of solar panels.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC