Marketplace for Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Jul 23, 2008

Marketplace for Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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U.S. companies offset losses overseas

Jul 23, 2008
As companies announced second-quarter earnings today, you had to listen close for much mention of the United States. The state of the dollar has many firms focused on success in foreign markets. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Money management units up for sale

Jul 23, 2008
Banks eager to shore up cash are eyeing their money management units as assets that are easy to value and most likely to sell. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

States sue over auction-rate bonds

Jul 23, 2008
New York is reportedly considering securities fraud charges against UBS. The bank and other lenders have faced criticism and legal action over their sale of auction-rate securities. Amy Scott reports.

Housing bill passes in House

Jul 23, 2008
The housing bill appears on its way to becoming law. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Nic Retsinas of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies what impact the bill will have on the housing market.

Policies pose as pro-market

Jul 23, 2008
Is it more important for a program to be market-oriented or just to appear that way? Commentator David Frum argues that recent proposals in Washington have been heavy on appearance and lacking on true market appeal.

Driving past the biofuel pump

Jul 23, 2008
Biodiesel and ethanol were once touted as cheap, eco-friendly options, but between rising prices and their impact on the cost of food, these alternative fuels are losing their good reputation. Tom Banse reports.

Dept. of Labor tries to ease toxin rules

Jul 23, 2008
As the clock runs down on the Bush administration, political appointees at the Department of Labor are rushing to make it tougher to regulate on-the-job exposure to certain chemicals. Sam Eaton reports.

Privacy suit may change tabloids

Jul 23, 2008
The legal fight in Britain surrounding what seems to be the perfect tabloid story could mean the end of the gossip rags as we know them. Stephen Beard reports.

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