Financial news on May 01, 2006

Business and Financial news
A Small Step at Starbucks From Mocha to Movies

Starbucks is seeking movies and books to promote in the hope of duplicating the success it has had selling and promoting music. Read more..

By SHARON WAXMAN - The New York Times

Aztar Bidding Breaks $50-Per-Share Barrier

Officially, the world’s longest poker tournament was a 72-hour affair in 2004. Unofficially, the seven-week bidding frenzy for casino operator Aztar is a strong candidate. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

Beer Ads That Ditch the Bikinis, but Add Threads of Thought

Miller Brewing is introducing an ad campaign that Miller says is intended to rise above the calculated inanity of most beer ads. Read more..

By JULIE BOSMAN - The New York Times

Debate on Global Warming Helps Produce a Brisk Seller

A Canadian climatologist's global warming novel is sold out, possibly due to government efforts to silence the book's publicity. Read more..

By IAN AUSTEN - The New York Times

Guidelines for Radio Tags Aim to Protect Buyer Privacy

Some of the guidelines say that consumers should be notified when goods have radio tags, and business should explain how information gathered from the tags will be used. Read more..

By BARNABY J. FEDER - The New York Times

New Microsoft Browser Raises Google's Hackles

Google says Microsoft is unfairly grabbing Web traffic by making its MSN search engine the default in its browser. Read more..

By STEVE LOHR - The New York Times

Next Step for Counterfeiters: Faking the Whole Company

Counterfeiters in China set up a parallel NEC that developed its own products and had links to a network of factories in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Read more..

By DAVID LAGUE - The New York Times

Providing Free Real Estate Listings From a Broader Market

Homestore, now Move.com, is adopting a search engine approach to listings and creating a portal for all moving-related needs. Read more..

By BOB TEDESCHI - The New York Times

Treasury Bills Set for Auction This Week

The Treasury's schedule of financing this week includes today's regular weekly auction of new three- and six-month bills and an auction of four-week bills tomorrow. Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

When Three Remotes Are Better Than One

Half of households in the United States have three or more remote controls, but only a tenth of homes use universal remotes. Read more..

By ALEX MINDLIN - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Microsoft MSFT 24,33 25,00 24,09 24,29 175M
Intel INTC 20,01 20,16 19,46 19,49 75.9M
Cisco Systems CSCO 21,03 21,40 20,91 20,96 45.5M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 14,61 14,96 14,43 14,58 41.4M
Apple AAPL 70,78 71,54 69,16 69,60 26.8M
Pfizer PFE 25,50 25,59 24,99 25,12 26.5M
Alphabet GOOGL 417,85 419,44 398,55 398,90 20.7M
ExxonMobil XOM 63,60 64,33 63,32 63,42 19.8M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 45,92 46,58 45,54 45,93 18.5M
General Electric GE 34,64 34,72 34,32 34,39 17.8M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 45,38 45,59 44,73 44,78 16.2M
Comcast CMCSA 30,95 31,21 30,00 30,14 15.8M
Verizon Communications VZ 33,05 33,24 32,69 32,79 12.2M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 49,75 50,22 49,30 49,80 11M
ConocoPhillips COP 68,60 68,97 67,40 67,80 10.9M
AT&T Inc. T 26,39 26,46 26,10 26,16 10.6M
Home Depot HD 40,16 40,78 40,09 40,54 10.2M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 42,75 43,04 42,15 42,32 9.78M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 27,87 28,18 27,63 27,67 8.39M
Schlumberger SLB 71,35 71,64 69,35 71,15 8.39M
HP Inc. HPQ 32,65 33,00 32,57 32,64 8.08M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 58,71 58,78 58,55 58,59 7.54M
Merck MRK 34,50 34,85 34,05 34,24 7.48M
Procter & Gamble PG 58,43 58,67 57,76 57,88 7.3M
Chevron CVX 61,59 62,00 61,11 61,17 7.23M
Amgen AMGN 67,83 68,00 66,60 66,86 7.21M
Amazon AMZN 35,06 35,57 34,44 34,59 7.07M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 25,53 25,55 24,90 25,00 6.96M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 68,72 68,85 67,86 68,00 6.84M
Coca-Cola KO 41,96 42,19 41,91 41,97 6.63M
Altria MO 73,10 73,30 72,25 72,40 6.63M
International Business Machines IBM 82,59 83,31 82,10 82,23 6.01M
Gilead Sciences GILD 57,86 58,74 57,24 57,89 5.22M
McDonald's MCD 34,57 34,75 34,31 34,37 4.05M
Boeing BA 83,45 84,12 82,82 83,86 3.93M
Pepsico PEP 58,24 58,72 57,98 58,17 3.9M
United Technologies UTX 63,00 63,05 62,50 62,93 3.72M
3M MMM 85,51 85,73 84,84 84,97 2.85M
Union Pacific UNP 91,45 93,07 91,39 92,31 1.79M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 2958,00 2985,00 2953,00 2980,00 16.1K
Exchange Rates of May 01, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 113,500 JPY 1 JPY = 0,009 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1,114 CAD 1 CAD = 0,897 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1,242 CHF 1 CHF = 0,805 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 142,650 JPY 1 JPY = 0,007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0,689 GBP 1 GBP = 1,451 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,660 AUD 1 AUD = 0,602 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,401 CAD 1 CAD = 0,714 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1,561 CHF 1 CHF = 0,641 EUR
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2,408 AUD 1 AUD = 0,415 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2,032 CAD 1 CAD = 0,492 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2,265 CHF 1 CHF = 0,441 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0,843 CAD 1 CAD = 1,186 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0,940 CHF 1 CHF = 1,064 AUD

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