Marketplace Morning Report
Start your day with an up-to-the-minute report on the world of business and finance with host David Brancaccio.
Airing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015: Overnight, about 2,000 migrants attempted to push themselves into the Eurotunnel terminal near the French city of Calais, but were pushed back. More on that. Plus, we'll talk about the Department of Agriculture's preparations for the fall migratory season, when it expects wildfowl infected with bird flu could bring a new wave of the disease. We'll also talk about the fancy, remote-controlled toilets that are popular in Japan, but have yet to take hold in the U.S.
Airing on Tuesday, July 28, 2015: BP's quarterly report this morning was full of stains. More on that. And automaker Ford will announce its earnings before the markets open on Tuesday. The Case Shiller Home Price Index is expected to reveal it’s latest figures at the same time. We'll talk about the surprising correlation between the two. Plus, one of the biggest concerns in the LGBT community is how to keep up fundraising now that the same-sex marriage battle has been won. Complicated issues can be a much bigger challenge than same-sex marriage, which is very easy to market.
Airing on Monday, July 27, 2015: Stocks took another tumble today in China after a period of relative calm. More on that. And after all its recent trouble, the word is that Gawker will be re-launched next week as a kinder, gentler version of itself. We'll talk about what a nicer Gawker might look like. Plus, advocates for underwater homeowners want Mel Watt, who oversees Fannie and Freddie, to share the wealth, and reduce the principle on those homeowners’ loans.
Airing on Friday, July 24, 2015: With President Obama arriving in Kenya on Friday, we'll cover how the visit is bringing a mini-economic boost for some Kenyans. Next, a check in on the burgeoning refugee crisis in Syria. We'll talk about how the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees deals with a recurring problem: donors who don’t pay what they promise. We'll also talk about how a lack of affordable housing is making it difficult for schools to recruit and retain quality teachers.
Airing on Thursday, July 23, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about a merger between two of the largest health insurers in the U.S. — Anthem is reportedly nearing a deal to buy Cigna for $48 billion. Plus, we'll talk about a monthly number that gauges overall economic activity and inflationary pressure: the Chicago Fed National Activity Index. But if you find yourself thinking that inflation has been flat-lining of late, resident Marketplace explainer Paddy Hirsch is here to plumb the depths of the inflation mystery.
Airing on Wednesday, July 22, 2015: We're bouncing off a big day in tech stocks. Apple reported profits yesterday after the market close — Even though earnings were up, the company's stock went down. We'll talk more on how the company failed to meet investors' expectations. And an emerging debate in the Trans Pacific talks … cheese. Who owns the intellectual and property rights to make certain cheeses and foods? Washington wants to allow Asian countries to reject European trademarks for certain foods, which would open the doors for American producers of those products. Plus, bidding wars have resumed in many real-estate markets, but not because of easy mortgage money. So few houses are on the market that buyers are pitted against each other.