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MarketWatch News Break

Summary: Go beyond the headlines. Listen to John Wordock and Ann Cates tackle the biggest money stories of the day, from Main Street to your street and everywhere in between.(Updated daily Monday through Friday)

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 Sorenson Media unveils Spark suite | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:03:21

CEO Marcus Liassides discusses the new offering, which aims to improve the TV experience for viewers.

 Tsu does good, and well, at the same time | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:09:57

The new social platform, Tsu, has been able to raise thousands of dollars for charity water.

 Video chats to get 'intelligent' | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:07:39

JP Nauseef of ooVoo Labs says a partnership with Affectiva has been formed.

 Plotting financial success for 2015 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:38

Marcy Keckler of Ameriprise weighs in with tips to help you meet your goals.

 More restaurants will feel the heat next year | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:41

Restaurants have been hotly competitive in 2014, and they'll be feeling the heat in 2015 in quite another way, says Technomic's Darren Tristano. Among the flavors expected to make a big splash next year: "More harissa, more sriracha, more ghost pepper and even scorpion pepper."

 Amazon's one-hour delivery program has skeptics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:29

Branding expert Rob Frankel says Amazon tries many things only to see them disappear.

 The Fed gets ready for liftoff | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:50

It takes NASA months to lay the groundwork for launch. The Fed is doing the same with interest rates.

 What $55 oil looks like to a U.S. producer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:54

Breitling Energy CEO Chris Faulkner says only half of the U.S. oil fields are profitable for producers once oil reaches $50 per barrel. And at $40, only a few are. Faulkner also sees oil prices rebounding next year, but not enough to make it worth the pain OPEC has inflicted on itself.

 Home builders expect to do a lot more in 2015 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:28

The National Association of Home Builders' chief economist predicts single-family home construction will rise 25% next year due to pent-up demand that wasn't satisfied this year.

 Mismatch between good jobs and affordable homes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:03:39

One problem with home sales: Homes aren't affordable in the places with the best job markets. And what's expected to help home sales in 2015.

 NHL ticket prices rising the fastest of all | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:03:51

Looking to score cheap tickets to a pro hockey game? You'll be hard-pressed to find any. John Greenberg, the executive editor of Team Marketing Report, says NHL ticket prices are rising the fastest of any major professional sport.

 Get ready for 'spring cleaning' in foreclosures | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:15

RealtyTrac sees foreclosures at pre-recession levels early next year, and banks gearing up for some "spring cleaning."

 TransUnion predicts less trouble with mortgages | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:08:30

Mortgage delinquency rates won't drop down to normal levels in 2015, says TransUnion vice president Ezra Becker, but they'll be closer than they've been in years.

 Now McDonald's wants you to have it your way | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:24

After a drop in November U.S. sales that editor Scott Hume calls "seriously bad," McDonald's is expanding a custom orders system that could do some serious good.

 What it costs to win the Olympics - as the host | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:20

If the four U.S. cities preparing bids for the 2024 Games are in it to win it, they risk angering their taxpayers, says Holy Cross economics professor Victor Matheson. "Any bid that would win almost certainly won't make economic sense," he says.


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