Marketplace for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007
Nov 29, 2007

Marketplace for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007

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Another hit to U.S. oil supplies

Nov 29, 2007
Of all the things the oil markets need, a nudge toward more volatility is not one of them. But that's what happened with a pipeline explosion on Wednesday. Two workers were killed and a key route for Canadian crude into the Midwest was crippled. Bob Moon puts the pieces together.

Sears profits go into free fall

Nov 29, 2007
Retailer blames 3rd-quarter profit drop of 99% on a warm October that depressed outerwear sales and increased competition. But the company admits it has a lot to improve on. Janet Babin reports.

Liquidity crunch spreads to muni bonds

Nov 29, 2007
State and local governments say they're having trouble finding investors for their low-interest municipal bonds. That could lead to taxpayers paying higher interest rates on loans to build and maintain local infrastructure. John Dimsdale reports.

Luxury report card called unsatisfactory

Nov 29, 2007
Britain's World Wildlife Fund has ranked 10 luxury brands and found they were C students at best. But the conservation group's study isn't getting high marks, either. Sarah Gardner reports.

Ratings firm sees opportunity in chaos

Nov 29, 2007
The big ratings agencies have been criticized for glossing over the risks that were piling up in the credit markets, prompting calls for new regulation. But one ratings firm would welcome a shake-up. Amy Scott reports.

Working to make eBay easier and safer

Nov 29, 2007
eBay has been a cyberspace powerhouse for more than a decade. But its auction business has slowed. CEO Meg Whitman has been trying to make the site more user-friendly and to clamp down on fraudulent sellers. She talked with Kai Ryssdal in our Conversations From the Corner Office.

Social networking is here to stay

Nov 29, 2007
For a company like Facebook, the community is the business. Commentator Andreas Kluth says before long we'll all be social networking -- just maybe not on Facebook.