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What's up with Saudi Arabia and its oil?

Feb 12, 2016
Scott Tong

With oil prices so low, much of the oil market has its eye on one producer in particular: Saudi Arabia.

It is the dominant member of OPEC. And for all the reasons oil prices fell in the first place, perhaps the biggest is OPEC's call in late 2014 to keep pumping full bore. And flood the market with oil.

What was the motivation for the Saudis? And with oil now so low for so long, is their strategy working?

Retail sales beat expectations, but so what?

Feb 12, 2016
Kim Adams

Americans spent a bit more freely in January than the month before, say figures out this morning from the Commerce Department. Retail sales were up two tenths of a percent —better than analysts expected — driven by spending on cars, clothing and online merchandise.

A pregnant woman in Brazil shares her experience

Feb 12, 2016

Exactly a year ago, I was in Brazil, working on a story about what it's like to be in the middle class there.

And as part of that story, I met Eleonora de Melo and her family. My producers and I had dinner with them at their house outside Sao Paulo. Eleonora is 27 and works in a boutique in a high end mall, and she's saving up to open her own beauty salon.

We keep in loose touch via social media, and a couple of months ago, she posted online that she was pregnant.

Tech IRL: Apps for relationships and to mend a broken heart

Feb 12, 2016
Lizzie O'Leary and Bruce Johnson

Looking for a date or trying to avoid an ex? There's an app for that. Trying to foster and maintain an already serious relationship? Yeah, there's an app for that too.

Lizzie talks with Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson about how your smartphone can help you navigate love. Plus, Northwestern University Professor and clinical psychologist Alexandra Solomon, Professor at Northwestern University tells us about how tech has impacted relationships positively and negatively.

Marketplace Weekend Staff

President's Day Weekend is prime-time for sales. Maybe you've been waiting till now to buy that new mattress — and maybe you'll end up with a few things you didn't plan on.

We want to know about your most memorable impulse buys.

You know, those things that — in the light of day — you can't believe you bought on a whim.

Call and leave a message at (800) 648-5114, tell us on Facebook or reach us on Twitter, we're @MarketplaceWKND.

Paul Reiser takes the Marketplace Quiz

Feb 12, 2016
Raghu Manavalan

No matter who you are, you probably had a job that changed you, or you learned a financial lesson that stuck with you. Each week, we ask actors, writers, comedians and musicians to open up and tell us about how money played a role in their life. This week, actor Paul Reiser stepped into our New York bureau to fill out our questionnaire based on his experiences with money.

Fill in the blank, money can't buy you happiness but it can buy you ____:

Marketplace for Friday, February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016

How low oil prices can hurt Saudi Arabia's economy in the long run; what Downton Abbey's latest season has in common with today's health care system; and a look back on business and economics with the Weekly Wrap.

Is Pandora being boxed in by a flawed business model?

Feb 12, 2016
Adrienne Hill

Plenty of stocks have taken a pounding this year then bounced back. And then been pounded again.  

But for Pandora, the internet radio giant, it's been a whole lot of  pounding, and precious little bounce back.

Shares finished the day down 12 percent.  Yesterday the company reported a $169 million dollar net loss for 2015. And now there's news that after blazing the trail for music-streaming services, Pandora may be on the block. 

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016
Lizzie O'Leary and Bruce Johnson

This weekend, just in time for Valentine's Day, Marketplace Weekend host Lizzie O'Leary and Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson look into the apps designed for people in relationships, a pregnant woman tells us what it's like living in Brazil during the Zika outbreak, and actor and comedian Paul Reiser takes the Marketplace Quiz. 

Weekly Wrap: Janet Yellen and market volatility

Feb 12, 2016

Joining us to talk about the week's business and economic news are David Gura from Bloomberg and Nela Richardson at Redfin. The big topics this week: Janet Yellen's testimony and market volatility. 

The appeal of post-recession films

Feb 12, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

It seems we've officially made the transition from documentaries about the 2008 financial crisis to feature films about the crisis.

From movies like "The Big Short" to "The Wolf of Wall Street," filmmakers, critics and audiences alike seem to be captivated by the mess left in the wake of the recent recession. But getting to this point took time, according to The New York Times writer Alessandra Stanley.

A Dimon in the rough

Feb 12, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the turbulent thus year for markets; JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon shelling out $26 million for a pile of stock; and the NBA heads north of the border for its all-star game.

The hardest jobs to fill

Feb 12, 2016

The number of jobs openings climbed to the second-highest it’s ever been in December — That’s according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, out this week. 

Tech jobs can be among those that stay open the longest…and the job search site took a look at which ones stay open more than 60 days. They found that IT specialists are at the top of the list, followed by software engineers.  

Looking forward to Valentine's Day? No? Alright, well then let's just get through Friday. Here are some need-to-know numbers to end your day.


NBA goes to Toronto seeking international fans

Feb 12, 2016
Sam Harnett

In San Francisco, fans watching the Golden State Warriors at a local bar have a lot to cheer for. A recent championship. The league's best record.

Consumer economy holding far

Feb 12, 2016

On Friday, the Commerce Department reports retail sales for January, while the University of Michigan reports on its monthly survey of consumer sentiment.

In the past several months, even as the U.S. economy has slowed and U.S. and global equity markets have been in turmoil, U.S. consumer spending and sentiment levels have held relatively steady and strong.

Molly Wood

Welcome to this week's Molly Dispatch! I'm generously calling it episode two (I'll think of a better name eventually.)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016

Airing on Friday, February 12, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Google expanding the “right to be forgotten”; why certain tech jobs stay open for months; and my Webb, futurist and the founder of Webbmedia Group joins us for this week's Silicon Tally.


Airing on Friday, February 12, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about upcoming retail sales;  recent trend of rising mortgage originations and declining mortgage delinquency rates; and we take a look at whether movie theaters could fill seats much the same way airlines sell tickets.

Why movie tickets aren't priced like airline tickets

Feb 12, 2016
Adrienne Hill

Box office revenue set a record last year, thanks in part to higher ticket prices. But the relatively low number of people actually going to theaters has the industry wringing its hands.

Earlier this week, for instance, I paid $14 for a ticket to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," and pretty much had the theater to myself.  

What if there were a way for theaters to play with ticket prices to fill some of those empty seats, by making them cheaper? Kind of like the airlines do? 

Rob Schmitz

The streets of Pianma are lined with sawmills. They’re also lined with logs as big as cars: Teak, Rosewood, and Golden Camphor — all of them felled illegally across the border in Burma from old growth forests and brought to the Chinese side to be cut down into furniture.

“These trees were several hundred years old," said Li Xiaomei, showing off a two-story stack of logs outside the mill she owns with her husband, Li Jianli.

Inside a huge air pollution scrubbing unit

Feb 11, 2016
Reid R. Frazier

What does it take to keep 100,000 tons of pollution out of the air? At one coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania, the answer is: lots and lots of air filters.

Sulfur in coal is a big cause of pollution. To take sulfur out of the coal it burns, the Homer City Generating Station — an hour east of Pittsburgh — is putting in thousands of air filters.

Kai Ryssdal

Whole Foods just became more Whole Food-ish.

The company's in the middle of rolling out a new store brand.

It's called Friends of 365.

Smaller, just as natural organic healthy, you know the drill.

Here's the twist, though: Bloomberg reported today, and the company confirms, that the new stores will also host smaller pop-up shops.

Record stores, perhaps. Vinyl, of course. Or, tattoo parlors.

Kim Adams

Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has a lot of big plans for the economy and wants the financial industry to help pay for them. One of his policy proposals would provide free tuition to public colleges and universities.  

Sanders critics call such policies unrealistic. During his victory speech in New Hampshire this week, Sanders spoke to them directly.

“I will tell you how we are going to pay for it,” he said to a cheering crowd. “We’re going to impose a tax on Wall Street speculation.”

Marketplace for Thursday, February 11, 2016

Feb 11, 2016

Examining the two presidential candidates and their relationships with Wall Street; what Federal Reserve Chair Yellen told congress about the nation's financial conditions; and what does it take to keep 100,000 tons of pollution out of the air?

Those catalogs in your mailbox are here to stay

Feb 11, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about when market participants feel entitled to low interest rates; what the Supreme Court's stay on new federal rules for carbon emissions means for the coal mining industry; and why companies keep sending you so many catalogs.

Relatively speaking, this is a big deal

Feb 11, 2016

It doesn't take an Einstein to know that big things happened today — here are some need-to-know numbers as you head into the evening.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, February 11, 2016

Feb 11, 2016

Airing on Thursday, February 11, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Twitter earnings; and we'll take a look at modern encryption.

The big payoff behind all those catalogs in the mail

Feb 11, 2016
Kevin Ferguson

When you move, there’s a lot to think about. Should you hire movers? Rent a U-Haul? But there’s one thing you can be sure will arrive at your new address: catalogs. There are about 11 billion catalogs mailed out in the United States every year. But when will the junk mail stop?


Airing on Thursday, February 11, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Fed chair Janet Yellen's appearance on Capitol Hill yesterday; who pays for a visit from the Pope; and we'll talk with famed climber Conrad Anker about a new documentary about national parks.