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Feb 26, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Global stock markets are falling this morning after Italian voters gave the world's eighth largest economy a dose of political uncertainty. No political party won a clear majority in parliament. One of the biggest threats American companies are grappling with…

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Lumber stacks up big profits

Feb 26, 2013
Despite a 46 percent jump in softwood lumber prices, many timber companies are wary to head into the forests.

Mum's the word for U.S. businesses hacked by China

Feb 26, 2013
Experts say China's hacking is motivated by the need to innovate, but many of the U.S. firms that are victims need to reconsider their response to the attacks.

With no clear victor, uncertainty wins Italy's election

Feb 26, 2013
Global stock markets are falling this morning after preliminary election results in Italy indicate no political party won a clear majority in parliament.

Block that pop-up! Why mobile ads don't work

Feb 26, 2013
As ads shrink to fit our mobile screens, are they still effective?

Italy election deadlock reignites debt crisis fears

Feb 26, 2013
The European debt crisis has calmed down a lot in the past few months, but elections in Italy have ended in deadlock and uncertainty is back.

How does the sequester compare to budget cuts past? A brief history

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Feb 26, 2013
Budget cuts known as sequester aren’t unprecedented, experts say. But their timing and indiscriminate nature are worrying.

Uncertainty in Italy radiates to eurozone

Feb 26, 2013
Poll results in Italy show power is split between a number of parties, including one led by former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

PODCAST: Mobile ad fail, sequester scale

Feb 26, 2013
With no victor in Italy's election, uncertainty wins the day. How does the sequester compare to budget cuts past? And mobile ads struggle to attract marketers.

Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke takes the stand

Feb 26, 2013
In his semi-annual report to Congress, Ben Bernanke reaffirmed the Federal Reserves bond buying policy, but said monetary policy alone cannot prop up the economy.

Global stock markets are falling this morning after Italian voters gave the world’s eighth largest economy a dose of political uncertainty. No political party won a clear majority in parliament. One of the biggest threats American companies are grappling with right now is the threat of a cyber attack. But the way the business community has responded to a recent string of hacking incidents thought to be coming from China is attracting criticism. And the price of lumber is up again, but does that mean we will see more trees falling?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC