Sep 20, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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The great pumpkin shortage!

Sep 20, 2011
Growers say Hurricane Irene's final trick on the Northeast is a devastated autumn pumpkin harvest.

What's happened to the middle class?

Sep 20, 2011
The recession has made the growth for the middle class of America more difficult.

U.S. pension liabilities could grow

Sep 20, 2011
This week, the Federal Reserve might say it'll push long-term interest rates even lower. That means U.S. pension funds could make even less than they already are.

Prices rises squeeze food producers, retailers

Sep 20, 2011
Food conglomerate ConAgra reports quarterly results and finds itself caught in price pressures from the farm and in the supermarket.

General Motors gaining more confidence in China

Sep 20, 2011
General Motors is taking steps to cooperate with China, including the announcement that will help develop electric vehicles in the Asian market.

Italy downgraded by Standard & Poor's

Sep 20, 2011
While so much focus has been placed on the Greek debt crisis, Italy is the latest European country to take a hit. Today, Standard & Poor's announced a downgrade of the country's credit rating.

New Fed policies will try to lower home mortgage rates

Sep 20, 2011
The Fed will meet today to yet again tackle the best way to deal with the country's current economic downturn.

The Federal Reserve meets to discuss 'Operation Twist'

Sep 20, 2011
The Fed will meet today to discuss possible options for healing the ailing economy in the U.S. But its policies might only make a tiny dent in the bigger issues.

Tyco, Kraft and other companies trend towards splitting up

Sep 20, 2011
We often hear about big acquisitions and mergers in the U.S. business environment, but recently things have been going the other way. What are the advantages to companies breaking up instead of building on?

Young Harvard professor wins $500,000 grant

Sep 20, 2011
34-year-old Roland Fryer was awarded a MacArthur 'genius grant' for studying income and socioeconomic inequalities.

Obama deficit deal would slash USPS spending

Sep 20, 2011
One big cut in President Obama's big deficit reduction plan would include streamlining the Postal Service. But that kind of legislation might not be so easy to pass these days.

Dutch tulips held hostage in Romania

Sep 20, 2011
Romanian officials have seized truckloads of Dutch tulips at the border this week, claiming they could be contaminated with a dangerous bacteria. It turns out, much more than flowers are at stake.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC