Marketplace Morning ReportAuthor: Marketplace
01 Aug 2021

Marketplace Morning Report

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In less than 10 minutes, we’ll get you up to speed on all the news you missed overnight. Throughout the morning, Marketplace’s David Brancaccio will bring you the latest business and economic stories you need to know to start your day. And before U.S. markets open, you’ll get a global markets update from the BBC World Service in London. 

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    Delta variant concerns contribute to drop in consumer optimism

    Consumer optimism has seen a sharp decline in recent weeks as news of the surging delta variant of COVID-19 has people reluctant to head out and populate businesses. Also, we look into how big oil companies plan to utilize their incoming wave of expected profits. Then we head over to France, where a “health pass” designed to keep the unvaccinated away from a variety of places is about to make the rounds.


  • Posted on 30 Jul 2021

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    Europe exits recession and begins trek to economic recovery

    From the BBC World Service: Eurozone economies are starting to see a partial recovery from the pandemic as national lockdowns ease and households spend more money. Britain’s biggest dairy producer is unable to deliver to hundreds of supermarkets and shops as a shortage of truck drivers hits a “crisis’ point.” And Brazil’s indigenous communities are fighting back against palm oil plantations on their doorstep.


  • Posted on 30 Jul 2021

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    Renters everywhere prepare for the end of the federal eviction ban

    The federal eviction moratorium is set to expire, which means a flood of delayed eviction cases will be resuming and renters will be scrambling. We take a snapshot of the situation with a story from Houston. Nova Safo checks in with us to talk about Amazon’s earnings report and whether or not it signals that a post-pandemic slowdown is coming for Big Tech as less people are shopping online and more people could be returning to the office.


  • Posted on 30 Jul 2021

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    Robinhood is going public. Can its unusual plans for investors hold up?

    Robinhood, the online brokerage with the app that grants commission-free trading to investors, is going public. However, its offering stands out because of its plan to make up to 35% of its shares available for investors to purchase. We speak with Erik Gordon, professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, about the Robinhood IPO. We also have a discussion about the Senate voting to start debate on a bipartisan infrastructure bill.


  • Posted on 29 Jul 2021

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    Smart home devices have entered the mainstream chat

    In 2020, U.S. manufacturers shipped out more than 375 million smart home devices. The more we use them, the more they end up learning about us. Is that a good thing? We also discuss what’s going on with the Fed and what capital-starved small businesses are thinking about as PPP loan money starts running out.


  • Posted on 29 Jul 2021

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