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Marketplace for Wednesday December 24, 2014
Dec 24, 2014

Marketplace for Wednesday December 24, 2014

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Airing on Wednesday December 24, 2014: It's been a while since we've seen the kind of volatility that the market is experiencing right now. Many say this particular period could signal the end of the bull market. Plus, Sony’s "The Interview" will open in some 200 movie theaters on Christmas Day. It also will be available via video on demand. We look at the economics of a theatrical release competing with streaming services. Finally, we look at the business of releasing a Christmas album. How much money do these artists actually make? Hint: not much.

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Google knows what's under the Christmas tree

Dec 24, 2014
New York Times mines search-engine data to see what gifts people are searching for, city by city.

Holiday music economics: New artists sing old songs

Dec 24, 2014
Popular artists often rehash holiday standards. But why? Consumer demand.

Volatility could (maybe) signal end of the bull market

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Dec 24, 2014
There's a seasonal aspect to the volatility in the markets, making it harder to predict what may be going on.

Tech in 2015: We'll be connected 24/7

Dec 24, 2014
Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson tells us what to expect in the year ahead.

Will 'The Interview' make money for Sony?

Dec 24, 2014
Film is released digitally. Should you see it? Our live tweets of a screening may hold the answer.

Nicaragua's much-touted canal meets with opposition

Dec 24, 2014
Nicaragua's been talking about building a canal for 200 years. Considerable skepticism has greeted the project.
 A banner that reads "no to the canal" is carried this week during a protest against a new canal opening in Nicaragua. 
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Modern gift-wrap tradition has ties to Hallmark

Dec 24, 2014
Wrapping paper as we know it took off about 100 years ago. Now it's a $3 billion industry.

How to close a deal on a Christmas tree

Dec 24, 2014
Christmas tree salesman Ernest Parker explains the business of holiday cheer.

A food critic's power in the Internet age

Jan 6, 2015
One negative restaurant review in a newspaper can do more harm than you might think.

Airing on Wednesday December 24, 2014: It’s been a while since we’ve seen the kind of volatility that the market is experiencing right now. Many say this particular period could signal the end of the bull market. Plus, Sony’s “The Interview” will open in some 200 movie theaters on Christmas Day. It also will be available via video on demand. We look at the economics of a theatrical release competing with streaming services. Finally, we look at the business of releasing a Christmas album. How much money do these artists actually make? Hint: not much.