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Feb 8, 2007

Marketplace PM for February 8, 2007

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If you still want that Prius . . .

Feb 8, 2007
The hybrid Prius is a bit of a harder sell today than it was last year, when inflated gas prices inspired greener-minded car buyers. Sarah Gardner reports on Toyota's push to increase sales.

Greenhouse gas cuts hurt by loophole leak

Feb 8, 2007
A report out today says billions of dollars are being wasted due to a loophole in the Kyoto Protocol's carbon trading scheme. Sam Eaton reports.

Private equity does a lot of public good

Feb 8, 2007
Critics of private equity deals say the firms involved just want to strip their purchases down and sell them off. But commentator Matthew Bishop sees it differently.

Mortgage failures starting to mount

Feb 8, 2007
British banking giant HSBC is facing bad-debt charges of more than $10 billion — worse than analysts expected. The company blames U.S. mortgage holders who aren't making payments. As Alisa Roth reports, HSBC's not the only one in trouble.

U.S. takes new steps in North Korea talks

Feb 8, 2007
As part of their six-party negotiations with North Korea, the U.S. may be considering easing some banking sanctions. Kai Ryssdal talks with Marketplace's Scott Tong from Shanghai about the ongoing talks.

European markets not eager to repeat U.S. 'mistake'

Feb 8, 2007
Regulations similar to those that prompted some businesses to leave U.S. stock markets are being considered in Europe. That concerns the exchanges there, which benefitted from the fallout. Stephen Beard reports.

Advertisers make super blunders

Feb 8, 2007
A few Super Bowl TV ads are under fire. Critics say they went beyond just bad taste to being offensive — and even dangerous. Pat Loeb reports.

Shareholders to CEOs: Do not pass 'Go'

Feb 8, 2007
Angered by exorbitant executive compensation packages, some shareholders are taking action. This proxy season, they're fighting back with voting power. Amy Scott reports.