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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Oct 8, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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Worries about the economies of Europe, Japan, and China helped shove the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 272 points, yesterday, 1.6 percent. The S&P 500 fell 1.5 percent. But a counter-vailing push could come later today as companies start to release their quarterly profits and losses. Monsanto's results come during the trading day. Alcoa's after the market closes. Stock prices have been held up in part by the trend of using profits to buy back company shares. But are companies taking this too far? And forty years ago tonight, October 8th, 1974, President Gerald Ford went before congress and declared a kind of war: the Whip Inflation Now speech. We take a stroll down inflation memory lane. Plus, Fortune Magazine's senior editor at large Alan Sloan, has been reflecting on this autumn's big Moment (capital M) for bond investors. He joins us to discuss.

Segments From this episode

The heavy burden of student loans

Oct 8, 2014
A new report shows 20-somethings' average student loan debt is up $10,000 from 2005.

Stock buybacks could be good for investors

Oct 8, 2014
Critics have sounded alarms that companies are pumping up their stock price.

PODCAST: Laying transatlantic sea cables

Oct 8, 2014
Paid screenings, student loans, and laying transatlantic sea cables

Worries about the economies of Europe, Japan, and China helped shove the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 272 points, yesterday, 1.6 percent. The S&P 500 fell 1.5 percent. But a counter-vailing push could come later today as companies start to release their quarterly profits and losses. Monsanto’s results come during the trading day. Alcoa’s after the market closes. Stock prices have been held up in part by the trend of using profits to buy back company shares. But are companies taking this too far? And forty years ago tonight, October 8th, 1974, President Gerald Ford went before congress and declared a kind of war: the Whip Inflation Now speech. We take a stroll down inflation memory lane. Plus, Fortune Magazine’s senior editor at large Alan Sloan, has been reflecting on this autumn’s big Moment (capital M) for bond investors. He joins us to discuss.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC