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, January 14, 2015: The European Union's highest court has just passed judgement on the idea of Europe buying bonds to stimulate the economy there. It would be a version of Quantitative Easing from which America's Federal Reserve has just tapered. More on that. Plus, all eyes are on the big banks this week as they report their latest earnings. How has the plunge in oil prices affected their bottom-line? And from the North American International Car Show in Detroit, we'll talk about the electric car that might go as far as a Tesla at a quarter of the price.
Airing Tuesday, January 13, 2015: Crude oil prices continue to slide, and now British inflation is sliding along with it. More on that. Plus, Detroit is hosting North American International Auto Show this week. There are a few new green offerings on display like a new re-designed Chevy Volt and a diesel plug-in hybrid version of the Audi Q7, but some car shoppers have lost their enthusiasm for high-mileage vehicles. Plus, the number of dorms that are closed on college campuses during the holidays is slowly decreasing as students are increasingly unable to afford to head home for the holidays.
Airing Monday, January 12, 2015: First up on today's show, as is a Wall Street tradition, the first big quarterly profit report of the season is Alcoa, the aluminum concern that reports results later today. Alcoa used to be one of the components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, but is no longer. But they've been on a roll lately, as we find out. And a general election is on the way this month in Greece, and a left wing party is promising to renegotiate terms of Greece's debt if it gets in. The present government is now responding in an effort to hold onto power. More on that. Plus, during these short winter days, if only somebody could write out a prescription for happiness. Well, the people who produce Yes! Magazine have just published a collection of essays about rethinking our economic and social relationships.
Airing Friday, January 9, 2015: First up on today's show, we'll have a look ahead to the jobs report coming later this morning. Plus, in Education Week’s annual “Quality Counts” report on the state of public education, the country as a whole gets a D-plus on early childhood education. What does it mean for our society and economy to be doing such a bad job of preparing kids for school? And you may be aware that New York is infamous for its tiny, scurrying rats. But what about their giant, inflatable brethren? We look at the business behind Scabby, the union rat.
Airing on Thursday January 8, 2015: Markets across Europe are up on Thursday morning. More on what's causing the upswing. Plus, the U.S. Olympic Committee will soon decide which American city will move forward with a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The finalists are Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco. We'll also look ahead to the jobs report for December, as well as what to expect from 2015. Is this finally a 'normal' job market again?
Airing on Wednesday January 7, 2015: First up on today's show, new data from the European Union shows consumer prices in the eurozone were down in December, which could mean consumers and companies postpone investments. More on that. Plus, President Obama is in Michigan boasting about saving auto worker jobs. But what is the cost of saving factory jobs by accepting lower wages? And from the floor of the 2015 consumer electronics show, we talk to reporter Nova Safo about the future of connected cars.