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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday December 17, 2014

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Aired on Wednesday, December 17, 2014: First up on today’s show, since the beginning of this month, Russia’s currency the Ruble lost 25 percent of its value against the dollar, triggering the worst financial crisis in that country in 15 years. Today, intervention by Russia’s central bank seems to have slowed the decline. More on that. And McDonald’s restaurants in Japan will start rationing french fries today. Large and medium sized orders will be taken off the menu, so customers will have to stick to small. Fine, but the reasons why are interesting:  an on-going labor dispute at ports along America’s West Coast. Plus, last Friday was, in general, a particularly lousy day for the stock market. But as Marketplace regular Alan Sloan says, enough already with the Dow.




Segments From this episode

A buzzworthy shopping trip . . . for legal weed

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 17, 2014
A look at a retail experience that could be coming to a state near you.

How the falling ruble will affect emerging markets

by Dan Gorenstein Dec 17, 2014
Rattled investors can turn risk averse.

Hollywood pins its hopes on 'The Hobbit'

by Tim Fitzsimons Dec 17, 2014
Can Bilbo save ticket sales and the Shire?
Mid-day Update

PODCAST: Hacker threats reach beyond Sony

by David Brancaccio Dec 17, 2014
The ruble continues to slide, the Sony hackers get serious, and marijuana expands its reach.

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