Jan 19, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Europeans question Chinese motives after bond sales

Jan 19, 2011
Beijing reportedly purchased a substantial amount of bonds from Portugal and Spain as those countries cope with the ongoing debt crisis. But the move has left some Europeans wondering what exactly the Chinese are up to. Stephen Beard explains.

U.S. businesses see 'impressive financial results' in China

Jan 19, 2011
The political relationship between the U.S. and China may be on the rocks with China's undervalued currency and the trade imbalance. But this relationship doesn't necessarily reflect the opinion of U.S. businesses in China, as Rob Schmitz reports.

Expected interest rate hikes could push Brazilian rates over 11 percent

Jan 19, 2011
In Brazil, another expected interest rate hike could push rates above its current 11 percent. Inflation in Brazil is at a six year high and the central bank there is desperate to get it under control.

Want to buy a latte? There's an app for that

Jan 19, 2011
Starbucks announced that customers can now pay for their coffee with their smart phones. Nancy Marshall Genzer has more.

Richard DeKaser: Negotiations between China and U.S. businesses

Jan 19, 2011
During his visit to the United States, President Hu Jintao will be spending time meeting with CEOs of GE and Goldman Sachs, among others American business leaders. Richard DeKaser explains.

The House expected to vote on the health care overhaul

Jan 19, 2011
On Capitol Hill today, the House is scheduled to vote on a repeal of the health care overhaul that passed last summer. Nancy Marshall Genzer explains.

Goldman Sachs reports 50 percent profit drop in the last three months

Jan 19, 2011
Goldman reported a more than 50 percent drop in profit for the last three months. A report by the New York Times and footnoted.com shows Goldman partners are reaping the rewards of a stock-option windfall.

Which Asian country's economy has improved the most since the 1960s?

Jan 20, 2011
The Globalist's Stephan Richter quizzes Steve Chiotakis about where citizens are earning more per year since the 1960s.

Prioritizing to pay down debts

Jan 20, 2011
Jeremy Hobson talks to L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus about Equifax's new debt-prioritizing tool, and another method consumers can use to help pay down what they owe.

China tries to polish image in U.S. with TV ads

Jan 20, 2011
As President Obama welcomes Chinese president Hu Jintao for a state visit, Americans should get ready for a Chinese ad blitz on TV. The spots -- with images of ordinary Chinese citizens juxtaposed with celebrities like the NBA's Yao Ming -- are aimed at improving China's image in the U.S. Will it work? Marketplace's Scott Tong takes a look.

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