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May 26, 2009

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Marketplace for Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Segments From this episode

Why is consumer confidence up?

May 26, 2009
The Conference Board reports that last month consumer confidence hit its highest levels since September. New York bureau chief Amy Scott talks with Kai Ryssdal about why consumers are so optimistic.

Banks use rules to their advantage

May 26, 2009
Deciding how to regulate the financial system may be difficult thanks to complications like the purchase accounting rule, which makes bank earnings look sweeter than they otherwise would. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Is the bottom near for housing market?

May 26, 2009
Home prices continue to drop. Analysts say without major economic recovery the market will continue plummeting. Tamara Keith reports on whether the bottom is even in sight.

Swine flu yields bad news for farmers

May 26, 2009
Farmers in the Southeast are worried they won't have enough help from seasonal migrant workers due to fallout from the swine flu. Janet Babin reports.

Germany to decide who gets Opel

May 26, 2009
The German government will hold a meeting to decide which bidder will acquire Opel, the troubled German subsidiary of General Motors. Stephen Beard reports.

A way to make drugs for poor countries

May 26, 2009
A public-private venture with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is being used to test a potential malaria vaccine. The collaboration may provide a viable business model for developing drugs for poor countries. Megan Williams reports.

Chinese seeking foreign brands is good

May 26, 2009
Chinese companies have been taking advantage of low valuations by buying up natural resources. Now Chinese investors are buying a minority stake in the Cleveland Cavaliers, and commentator Shaun Rein says that's a good thing.

A green trade war over climate change

May 26, 2009
Congress is debating a climate change bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions. But it would impose extra costs on U.S. companies foreign competitors may not have to bear. John Dimsdale reports on a potential green trade war.

Music from the episode

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