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Marketplace: AMC and the ruble

Marketplace - December 16, 2014 - 3:00pm
Airing on Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014: AMC theaters are offering a subscription deal. For $100 a month, you can see as many movies as you like. We look at how businesses are using auto-pay subscription models. Plus,nbsp;Russia'snbsp;central bank raised interest rates overnight by 17 percent in an unsuccessful attempt to stem the continuing decline of the ruble.nbsp;With the failure of this latest effort to shore up its currency, Russia’s economic turmoil is affecting global markets as investors lose confidence.
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Marketplace: Sony, Petsmart and Antonio Weiss

Marketplace - December 15, 2014 - 3:00pm
Airing on Monday Dec. 15, 2014: What have the Sony leaks revealed about the company's corporate strategy? And what can Sony do to prevent further dissemination and exploitation of this information? Plus, PetSmart was acquired for $8.7 billion by BC Partners. We take a closer look at the buyout. Finally,nbsp;President Obama nominated investment banker Antonio Weissnbsp;for treasury undersecretary. We take a look at the job description for this position. nbsp;
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Oil, inflation and household debt

Marketplace - December 12, 2014 - 3:00pm
Airing on Friday Dec. 12, 2014: If there’s a global surplus of oil, where's it sloshing around? We look at how countries are stockpiling. Plus, with inflation low, we ask what's the ideal rate. Finally, American household debt has fallen in comparison to incomes. We investigate the “magic number” for debt loads in a healthy economy.
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Derivatives, gas prices and Twitter

Marketplace - December 11, 2014 - 3:00pm
Airing on Thursday Dec. 11, 2014: We explain everything you need to know about derivatives. Plus,nbsp;Americans are saving a buck a gallon on gas these days. Where’s that extra money going? Finally,nbsp;Instagram just passed Twitter in monthly users and announced yesterday that it plans to start cracking down harder on fake followers.nbsp;
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Uber and climate change

Marketplace - December 10, 2014 - 3:00pm
Airing on Wednesday Dec. 10, 2014: Uber’s reputation has taken a few big hits just this week. We look at the damage to Uber's reputation and ask what it can do to recover. Plus, we take a look at thenbsp;United Nations climate change conference. Some countries that formerly held back are now stepping forward.nbsp;
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The Fed, oil prices and hackers

Marketplace - December 9, 2014 - 3:00pm
Airing on Tuesday Dec. 9, 2014: Members of the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee have entered their quiet period ahead of next week’s meeting. We look at how they are handling interest rates. Plus, falling oil prices are good, right? In a fossil-fuel based global economy, the consumer winners greatly outnumber the oil-producer losers. Finally, we look atnbsp;businesses that benefit from a security breach like the Sony hacks. They don’t just profit off the victims, but off the fear of would-be victims.
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Antibiotics, Cosmo and the dollar

Marketplace - December 8, 2014 - 3:00pm
Airing on Monday Dec. 8, 2014: Are big drug companies finally being persuaded to research new antibiotics as opposed to more profitable drugs for cancer and chronic conditions? Plus,nbsp;Cosmopolitan and CoverGirl just announced their joint sponsorship of New York Time Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations for 2015. Finally, the dollar is up. Which is great, isn’t it? Well, maybe not if you’re an emerging economy. nbsp;
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Tesla, Starbucks and gentrification

Marketplace - December 5, 2014 - 3:00pm
Airing on Friday Dec. 5, 2014: Tesla is building a battery factory outside of Reno that has electric companies scared. The idea is to build batteries that can store the solar power collected by rooftop solar panels. Plus,nbsp;Starbucks has plans to open dozens of stores selling pricey craft coffees. The gourmet coffee trend is spreading to hip neighborhoods across the country.nbsp;
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Baby bust, Nook and Highland Park

Marketplace - December 4, 2014 - 3:00pm
Airing Thursday Dec. 4, 2014: The US fertility rate edged down last year to a record low. The now-5-year-old economic recovery has yet to translate into an upturn in births. Plus, if someone were to pen the story of Barnes amp; Noble today, booksellers would probably file it under mystery. We take a look at the future of the Nook.
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Tax credits, investors and York amp; Fig

Marketplace - December 3, 2014 - 3:00pm
Aired Dec. 3, 2014: The House is voting on whether to bring back certain tax credits that expired at the beginning of the year. It raises the question: Why do they expire in the first place?
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