Articles by Michigan

  • Clone Wars: Reality Shows That Rip Off TV's Biggest Hits

    July 07 2012 1:05 PM

    While replicating a hit show can undoubtedly yield profitable results, the practice as a whole seems to produce far more misses than hits, particularly in today's era of increasingly fragmented viewing habits.

  • 'Zombie Economy' Could Be Bad For Obama

    July 06 2012 7:49 PM

    Politico's headline jolts readers the moment they sign on to the site and read, Zombie Economy Threatens Obama. After all the zombie apocalypse hysteria our nation has been experiencing lately, the walking dead have even made their way -- metaphorically, of course -- into the economy.

  • Mitt Romney Raises More Money Than Obama 2 Months Running, Sets GOP Record In June

    July 05 2012 6:10 PM

    The same president who set the record for campaign fundraising record in 2008 has been beat two months in a row and recently expressed concern to his contributors.

  • Hollywood?s TV Exodus: Why L.A. Is Turning Into A City Of No-Shows

    July 05 2012 1:33 PM

    A troubling new report shows that TV production in the Los Angeles area is in a state of rapid decline, with less than half of all TV dramas now filmed in the L.A. area.

  • Some TV Stations Will Now Reveal Who Is Buying Political Ads, How Much They Spent

    July 05 2012 12:27 PM

    Broadcasters must now post political advertisement information online for public inspection by Aug. 2 -- but some of them can still skirt the rule.

  • Why Exactly Are Heads Rolling At Barclays? Libor Scandal Explained

    July 03 2012 6:03 AM

    Following the revelation last week that British banking giant Barclays was engaging in massive fraud meant to distort the Libor, the interest rate underpinning hundreds of trillions of dollars in credit transactions, politicians and regulators the world over are taking a sober look at the system. What they find may prove to be shocking.

  • Philadelphia Eagles News: Lewis, Havili, and Boykin Expected to Shine in 2012?

    July 02 2012 4:47 PM

    Here are five players that could surprise next season for the Eagles.

  • Daily Summary on USD, Euro, GBP, JPY, CAD, AUD and NZD

    June 29 2012 1:05 PM

    The dollar is headed into the weekend lower against all of its major counterparts as progress at an EU summit has sent both stocks and commodities higher. The DJIA is up nearly 1.75% and commodities are generally more expensive even as US data missed the mark. Personal income and spending both registered in line with expectations at 0.2% and 0.0% respectively, but University of Michigan confidence data fell short of forecasts at 73.2.

  • Pre-Opening Soy Complex Market Report

    June 29 2012 10:07 AM

    November soybeans were trading 12 3/4 cents higher near 7:00 am cst while Malaysia palm oil futures ended higher on the day. August soybean oil is 46 cents higher while August soybean meal is nearly 3 dollars higher. Hong Kong stocks managed to end the quarter on an up note overnight, while the Shanghai market managed to break an extended losing streak with a gain last night. European stocks were also positive this morning and in the process some measures reached up to the highest levels in over...

  • Morning Silver Market Report

    June 29 2012 10:00 AM

    The silver market has also managed a recovery overnight but the trade is probably skeptical of factoring in an all clear on the latest European turn of events. Nonetheless silver and a host of other physical commodity markets will at least start with a more positive macro economic vibe, they will also see supportive currency market action and they might even attempt to spin some weak scheduled US data into a positive later this morning.

  • Morning Platinum Market Report

    June 29 2012 9:59 AM

    Hong Kong stocks managed to end the quarter on an up note overnight while the Shanghai market managed to break an extended losing streak with a gain last night. European stocks were also positive this morning and in the process some measures reached up to the highest levels in over a week. Clearly seeing a surprise move to reduce borrowing costs for Italy and Spain provided the enthusiasm to lift share prices this morning. The US scheduled report slate today will bring forth personal income and ...

  • Morning Gold Market Report

    June 29 2012 9:58 AM

    The gold market has managed a recovery bounce overnight but it should be noted that type of action was seen on several occasions earlier this week, but unfortunately gold prices eventually finished weaker on several occasions. However, the reason for the bounce overnight is somewhat more substantial as the near term threat against Italy and Spain was reduced by the actions of the EU and many outside market forces have also shifted back into a more supportive role for gold prices.

  • US Stock Futures Surge After EU Summit Announcements

    June 29 2012 5:19 AM

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open Friday as euro zone leaders at a Brussels summit agreed upon emergency measures to lower Italy's and Spain's borrowing costs and create a single regulatory oversight body for euro zone banks.

  • Financial Markets Slumped on EZ Crisis, US' Healthcare Reforms

    June 29 2012 3:24 AM

    The first day of the EU summit contained few surprises and financial markets treaded water amid ongoing worries over the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone. Wall Street declined with the DJIA and S&P 500 indices losing -0.20% and -0.21% respectively. In the commodity sector, crude oil prices slumped with key support breached. The front-month contract for WTI crude oil plunged to as low as 77.28 before ending the day at 77.69, down -3.14% while the equivalent Brent crude contract slipped to 90...

  • Fourth Of July 2012: Where?s Everyone Going This Year?

    June 27 2012 3:42 PM

    The most popular Fourth of July destinations for 2012 are ...

  • NBA Draft 2012: Bulls Eye Sullinger, Lamb, Barton at 29

    June 27 2012 2:54 PM

    5 players the Bulls are eying in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

  • Dog Saves Drowning Boy From Family Pool

    June 27 2012 2:53 PM

    Move over, Lassie, there is another heroic pup in town. Move over, Lassie, there is another heroic pup in town. Bear, a four-year-old black Labrador Retriever, saved a two-year-old Michigan boy from drowning in the family's swimming pool over the weekend.

  • A Show By Any Other Name: How We Sell 'Girls' Up the River

    June 25 2012 2:47 PM

    Saying the word ?vagina? might get you in hot water if you?re a Michigan congresswoman, but the word is used a bit more liberally on television these days.

  • Weekly Summary on USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, MXN and RMB

    June 25 2012 1:30 PM

    The dollar begins the week higher against all of its major counterparts other than the JPY as modest improvement in risk sentiment seen at the end of last week quickly fades. Europe has again come into focus with Spain formally requesting financial aid for its beleaguered banking sector, and sovereign debt yields are again moving higher, raising the stakes for a Eurozone summit scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week. Meanwhile, a series of relatively strong economic releases in the US were ...

  • Currency Focus: New Initiatives to Boost Growth in EU

    June 24 2012 9:26 PM

    In an effort to contain Europe's never-ending crisis, leaders from the four largest Euro-zone economies have agreed on a need for new initiatives to boost growth in the region.