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Jan 15, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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A decade ago, Dell was the biggest PC-maker on the planet, but as the company struggles to compete, its stock price has been
in a steady decline -- until yesterday. Dell shares jumped 13 percent Monday on news the company could be going private. The luxury homebuilder Lennar reports quarterly earnings today. The company has been on a  roll lately thanks to an improving housing market. And, Florida tries out a new higher education system to increase science and math majors.

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Zynga eyes online gambling

Jan 7, 2013
Social gaming company Zynga looks to stage a comeback with real-money gambling, first in Europe and then the U.S.

Housing revival gives home builders hope

Jan 15, 2013
Companies like Lennar have an incentive to start building again as the inventory of vacant houses falls. Conditions are good for consumers, with some hitches.

Dell to go private?

Jan 15, 2013
There are multiple news reports Dell, once the biggest PC-maker on the planet, could be taken private in a buyout that might allow it to retool and reemerge a leaner, stronger company.

Florida considers cheaper tuition for math, science majors

Jan 15, 2013
Dale Brill, head of the Governor Rick Scott's Education Task Force, discusses a new proposal to incentivize students towards careers with job shortages.

South African miner cuts jobs and closes mines

Jan 15, 2013
The world's largest platinum producer Anglo American Platinum, also known as Amplats, is planning to close down some of its South African mines and cut around 14,000 jobs. The announcement comes after a series of strikes across the mining sector of South Africa at the end of last year in which mineworkers were demanding higher wages.

Does parental help lower grades for college students?

Jan 15, 2013
New research finds correlation between financial help from parents and academic performance.

British record store files for bankruptcy

Jan 15, 2013
Unable to compete with online retailers, British record store HMV files for bankruptcy.

Retail sales increased by a half percent last month

Jan 15, 2013
Despite the impending fiscal cliff, consumer spending turned out to be higher than expected this holiday season.

PODCAST: Coca-Cola addresses obesity, Dell mulls buyout

Jan 15, 2013
Dell CEO Michael Dell is in talks with two private-equity firms about a buyout. Ratings agency Fitch has warned the U.S. that if it doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, it may
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A decade ago, Dell was the biggest PC-maker on the planet, but as the company struggles to compete, its stock price has been
in a steady decline — until yesterday. Dell shares jumped 13 percent Monday on news the company could be going private. The luxury homebuilder Lennar reports quarterly earnings today. The company has been on a  roll lately thanks to an improving housing market. And, Florida tries out a new higher education system to increase science and math majors.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC