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Apr 15, 2009

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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A little stress over bank test results

Apr 15, 2009
The Obama administration wants to be open about the health of the nation's 19 largest financial institutions. But how does it reveal information about low-scoring banks without prompting runs on them? Dan Grech reports.

Demand is the problem, not lending

Apr 15, 2009
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner believes the only way to rescue the economy is to get the big banks to lend money again. But commentator Robert Reich says the big issue is the continued lack of enough demand in the economy.

Bedbugs are back and biting

Apr 15, 2009
An invasion of bedbugs has returned to the U.S. after being eradicated over 50 years ago. The EPA is trying to get rid of the pest again, but it's slippery. Joel Rose reports that patience will be key.

Lawmaker exposes unclaimed refunds

Apr 15, 2009
The government is sitting on millions of dollars in uncollected tax refunds. Bill Radke talks to Los Angeles Congressman Brad Sherman, who explains how he's using his Web site to make his constituents aware of what they may be owed.

Chrysler tries to prepare for Fiat deal

Apr 15, 2009
Chrysler has 16 days to make a deal with Italian automaker Fiat at the risk of losing government money and returning to bankruptcy court. First priority for Chrysler: paying back banks and hedge funds. Jeremy Hobson reports.

UBS struggles to save strong brand

Apr 15, 2009
Swiss banking giant UBS announced more substantial losses and thousands of job cuts, many of which are in the U.S. The bank is making radical moves in order to preserve its franchise. Stephen Beard reports.

eBay could benefit from Skype IPO

Apr 15, 2009
Today eBay says it plans to spin off Skype through an IPO. Although it's enjoyed healthy profits, eBay has struggled to include Skype in its business model. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's Stephen Beard.

Gannett doing what it can to stay alive

Apr 15, 2009
Gannett releases earnings tomorrow, and the nation's largest newspaper company is doing what it can to survive changing times for the news business. Consolidating some small papers has been one option. Jennifer Collins reports.

Are data points pointing the way out?

Apr 15, 2009
Is more information on the markets helpful overall? Steve Chiotakis talks to Henry Blodgett, editor of Clusterstock.com, who says more data is a good thing -- as long as you're not using it to delude yourself about the recession.

Do taxes, or procrastinate on Twitter?

Apr 15, 2009
OK, we know you've been meaning to get your taxes done, but it's deadline day and you're crunching. If you're still putting it off, we found some fellow procrastinators for you to commiserate with on Twitter.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC