Marketplace for Wednesday, April 16, 2008
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Dow's happy bank losses aren't worse
After JPMorgan and Wells Fargo announced big drops in 1st-quarter profits today their shares promptly shot up and the Dow jumped for joy. Why? The numbers actually met or exceeded expectations. Bob Moon reports.
The new kings of Wall Street
A new survey of hedge-fund managers shows the top five made more than $1 billion a year each -- even as the housing and credit markets fell down the rabbit hole. Jill Barshay reports.
Report: Merck writers did Vioxx papers
An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims some of Merck's academic reports on the arthritis drug Vioxx were written by company employees, and doctors were paid to put their names on the research. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Hoarding threatens global food market
Worries of a world food shortage led more countries this week to suspend grain exports. What will happen if nations keep hoarding supplies? Host Tess Vigeland asks Javier Blas, who covers the commodities market for the Financial Times.
Tough time to be an American in Paris
The dollar has hit another low against the euro. For Yanks living abroad the dollar's freefall demands a whole new mindset, as Eleanor Beardsley reports from Paris.
Bush sets date for greenhouse-gas cap
President Bush is calling for government limits to stop the growth of carbon dioxide emissions by 2025. While he has resisted curbs on the burning of fossil fuels, Bush is now jumping on board a trend that has lots of momentum. John Dimsdale reports.
It's time to study the value of college
College education costs continue to soar at the same time studies show college graduates getting paid less. Commentator David Frum says Americans should re-examine the real value of a college degree in today's economy.
Is China free from U.S. economic woes?
China reported today its economy grew 10.6% in the 1st quarter, which may seem red hot, but it was 11.9% last year. So is China catching America's subprime cold? Or is it immune? The answer has big implications for the global economy. Scott Tong reports.
Music from the episode
Days To Come Bonobo, Bajka
Brother The Organ
Blue Boy Orange Juice
The Jump Off Lil' Kim