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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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The Walt Disney Company has struck a deal to purchase Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced that they will release a new Star Wars movie in 2015. As stricken homeowners dig out from Hurricane Sandy, home-improvement sales should see a boost. On the streets of New York City, things are getting back to normal after the storm though much of the city’s downtown neighborhoods are still without power and subway service remains suspended. And, Sandy aside, we take a Halloween trip to a fang-maker in lower Manhattan.

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Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4 billion

by David Weinberg Oct 31, 2012
The Walt Disney Company has struck a deal to purchase Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and announced that they will release a new Star Wars movie in 2015.
Weather Economy

A Sandy sales bump?

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Oct 31, 2012
As stricken homeowners dig out, home-improvement sales should see a boost.

Back to the future for car names

by Stacey Vanek Smith Oct 31, 2012
If you’re looking to buy a car anytime soon, you may get a case of déjà vu: Carmakers keep recycling old names.

Making a business out of making fangs

by Jeremy Hobson Oct 31, 2012
Sebastiaan Van Houten, who works at a the Halloween Adventure store in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood talks about his job as a self-described "fang-smith" -- he crafts custom-made prosthetic fangs.
Weather Economy

New York City reboots after Sandy

by Jeremy Hobson Oct 31, 2012
New York City begins to reboot in its second day after Sandy. Residents cope with subway closures and reflect on how the region fared the storm.
Weather Economy

Philadelphia restores public transit, draws on 'rainy day fund'

by Dan Gorenstein Oct 31, 2012
The city of Philadelphia is getting back to business this morning. Schools and city government are up and running, as are trains and buses. What are the costs of getting the city up and running again after Sandy?
Weather Economy

How to repair a 108-year-old subway system

by Jeremy Hobson Oct 31, 2012
Transit authorities say Sandy has caused the worst crisis for the New York Subway system in its 108 year existence. Two days after the storm, the transit system is still at a halt.

Airports and markets reopen as Sandy recedes

by Jeremy Hobson Oct 31, 2012
Wall Street has resumed trading today for the first time since last Friday. JFK and Newark airports are reopening as well on a limited basis.
Weather Economy

More than flipping a switch: Power companies fight outages

by Dan Gorenstein Oct 31, 2012
Electricity is coming back for those who lost power because of Sandy. Two days after the storm, about six million people on the East Coast are still in the dark, down from a high of eight and a half million.
Mid-day Update

PODCAST: Happy Halloween and a new Disney princess

by Jeff Horwich Oct 31, 2012
In the wake of Sandy, the markets reopened, but lots of residents along the East Coast are still waiting for the lights to come back on. Why the Dodge Dart is coming back and happy Halloween, boo!

Benefits from Sandy shutting down the market

by Jeff Horwich Oct 31, 2012
Trading in U.S. stocks resumed today after two days off. A storm has not shut down trading for this long since 1888.

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