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Financial Market Turmoil Could Be Soothed Somewhat By Monthly Jobs Data

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

Many economists believe December provided another month of solid job growth. Surveys suggest that around 200,000 more jobs were added to payrolls and the unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent.

What Is Behind The Volatility In China's Financial Markets?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

It's been an unnerving week for China's economy, the world's second largest. Prices fell so sharply on the Shanghai stock exchange that trading had to be halted for the day — twice.

Why 'Star Wars' Tickets May Be A Tough Sell In China

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

The franchise isn't well known in the world's second-largest movie market. When the first Star Wars film debuted in 1977, Chinese were still wearing Mao suits and were largely cut off from the world.

World Financial Markets Have A Rough First Week In 2016

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

U.S. stocks are off to one of the worst starts to any year in memory. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.

Is Obama's Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:00am

For a while, the president's plan for increasing vehicles' fuel efficiency worked — he said it would save money and reduce carbon pollution. Then came cheap gas, and the improvements have stalled.

U.S. Weather Wet And Wild In 2015, Though No Big Hurricanes

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 5:13pm

The U.S. had 10 weather events in 2015 that cost $1 billion or more in damage, with December the warmest and wettest month on record. Climate scientists blame a warming climate and strong El Nino.

China's Woes Are Growing, Along With A Debate: Is It 2008 Again?

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 5:09pm

China's economy and stock market are taking hits. Billionaire George Soros says it's setting the stage for another global meltdown. But others argue China's troubles will not trigger a crisis.

Boom Town Presses Pause Amid Dramatic Drop In Oil Prices

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:13pm

Two years ago, in January 2013, oil was about $100 dollars a barrel. At that time, towns near new oil fields expanded rapidly, filling up with workers and overflowing revenue. But how are those towns doing now that oil is worth about half what it was then? The Planet Money team checks in with oil workers and residents in Williston, N.D.

Netflix Goes Global With Expansion Into 130 New Countries

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:13pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Gina Keating, author of Netflixed, about Netflix's announcement Wednesday that it is expanding into 130 new countries and adding several languages to its site.

Despite Hybrid Losses, Car Companies Invest In Tech

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:13pm

The car industry just had it's best year ever. Trucks were clearly the stars, and hybrids took a hit. That's not all bad news for hybrids. Even as the companies are making a boatload on trucks, they're investing tens of billions in new technology. NPR reports on how tomorrow's hybrid is brought to you by today's pick-up truck.

Foreign Investors Fear Global Consequences Of Chinese Economic Uncertainty

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:13pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Jamie Metzl, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council, about what is going on with China's economy. Chinese and foreign investors feel uncertain about it, so many are trying to get their assets out of the country.

Global Stocks Plunge After China Halts Trading

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:13pm

China's attempts to shore up its stock market have failed. And with the markets affecting global stocks, NPR reports on whether, and how much of a factor it might be in affecting markets longer term.

At Portland, Ore., Gun Store, Strong Opinions And Stronger Sales

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:01am

Owner Karl Durkheimer says President Obama's gun policies, including this week's executive orders, motivate many of his customers' purchases.

Turmoil In China's Economy Shakes Investor Confidence

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:53am

Thursday was shaping up to be another tumultuous day in the financial markets. Stock prices were falling after a big selloff in Asia and Europe. The trouble seems to have started in China.

Rescue Crews Work To Free 17 Miners Trapped In Salt Mine In New York

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 6:26am

Workers are using a crane to rescue the miners, according to local reports from Lansing, north of Ithaca. The first group was reportedly brought up early Thursday.

China's Stock Market Plunges Again, Stoking Troubles Worldwide

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 6:00am

With U.S. stock prices already seeing their worst three-day opening for a year since 2008, China's trading day lasted less than 30 minutes Thursday.

Do These Jeans Make Me Look Unethical?

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 6:00am

In theory we do not want to buy products made by child labor or polluting factories. But in practice, we don't want to know about a company's practices.

Stock Trading In China Halted After Stocks Plunge For A Second Day

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:27am

For a second day this week, stock trading in China was suspended. David Greene talks to Fraser Howie, co-author of Red Capitalism, about the turmoil in the Chinese stock markets.

An Insider Trader Caught On Tape Tells All

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:27am

A former accountant convicted of insider trading tells his story to our "Planet Money" podcast team: what he did, how he did it and why. Though he's still struggling with that last one.

SuperPACs Are Not So Super In 2016

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:03am

Outside groups were expected to propel candidates this year. But in the 2016 Republican primary, they are having little impact on who's up and who's down.

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