May 24, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Farmland defies the real estate doldrums

May 24, 2011
The price of farmland keeps rising along with global food demand. Is this a sign of a new type of real estate bubble?

Delinquent government contractors

May 24, 2011
A Senate subcommittee hearing tomorrow finds government contractors who owe back taxes were still able to win contracts for government stimulus projects.

Volkswagen returns to the U.S. to build cars

May 24, 2011
VW opens a $1 billion plant in Chattanooga, as it seeks to triple U.S. sales and outsell GM and Toyota globally.

Volcanic ash grounds flights in Europe

May 24, 2011
More than 250 flights have been cancelled after ash from an Icelandic volcano drifted over the northern U.K. While air traffic controllers are less likely to blanket-cancel flights this time, many airlines, including British Airways and Air France, are already taking a hit.

The Globalist Quiz: Global gas prices

May 24, 2011
Stephan Richter, editor-in-chief at TheGlobalist.com, discusses which country has the highest gas price worldwide, and where the U.S. ranks out of 170 markets.

Sarkozy hosts Internet summit

May 24, 2011
The world's most powerful Internet titans, including heads from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, are meeting in Paris for a two-day summit hosted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Biden will lead latest round of budget discussions

May 24, 2011
Vice President Joe Biden will lead continued bipartisan negotiations to raise the debt ceiling today. While the deal is still at least a few weeks away, the talks aim to avert a default on U.S. debt.

Ford may try to capitalize on Toyota's weakness

May 24, 2011
A panel created to review Toyota's operations released a report criticizing the company's lack of global oversight after millions of safety recalls. And Ford Motor said it will try to sell more cars in the Japanese domestic market.

Is this the end of $3 a gallon?

May 24, 2011
Juli Niemann, analyst with Smith Moore and Company, takes a look at today's gas prices and price trends, and predicts the future of what we will pay at the pump.

Defense Secretary Gates to outline Pentagon budget

May 24, 2011
Secretary Robert Gates is set to dictate Pentagon budget cuts before he ends his tenure at the Department of Defense. Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution explains.

World Bank unveils $6 billion for Egypt, Tunisia

May 24, 2011
The World Bank announced today that it will provide billions of dollars in aid for Egypt and Tunisia over the next two years. A chunk of the money will go to stabilizing budgets in the two countries.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC