Financial news on May 01, 2008

Business and Financial news
Automakers’ April Sales Reflect Shift to Smaller Cars

Despite bright spots among newer, small cars, overall vehicle sales in the United States plummeted during the month as gas prices climbed to record highs. Read more..

By NICK BUNKLEY - The New York Times

Bringing the World Together Through Film

A film festival aimed at promoting tolerance through film will be broadcast over TV, the Internet and on cellphones via streaming video. Read more..

By DAVID POGUE - The New York Times

Canadians Investigate Death of Ducks at Oil-Sands Project

Officials said a large oil-sands operator, Syncrude, had failed to operate noisemakers to frighten away migrating ducks, 500 of which were found dead in a company tailings pond. Read more..

By IAN AUSTEN - The New York Times

G.M. Invests in Second Ethanol Process

The company said it had invested in Mascoma, a company that has proprietary technologies for making ethanol from sources like papermill waste, corn stalks, wood chips and switchgrass. Read more..

By MATTHEW L. WALD - The New York Times

H.P. Reports Big Advance in Memory Chip Design

Hewlett-Packard scientists said they have designed a device that they believe will make it possible to build tiny computers that could imitate biological functions. Read more..

By JOHN MARKOFF - The New York Times

H.P. Unveils New Memory Technology

A device, called a memristor, is an electrical resistor with memory properties. The technology could eventually build very dense chips that go beyond DRAM and use much less power. Read more..

By JOHN MARKOFF - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Microsoft MSFT 28.48 29.49 28.48 29.40 71.7M
Intel INTC 22.36 23.41 22.36 23.29 71.5M
Cisco Systems CSCO 25.60 26.87 25.50 26.67 71.5M
Pfizer PFE 20.17 20.45 20.10 20.44 48.5M
Comcast CMCSA 21.31 22.36 21.16 22.31 46.6M
ExxonMobil XOM 89.83 90.43 88.30 89.70 43.7M
General Electric GE 32.80 33.29 32.64 33.12 42M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 29.77 31.77 29.75 31.18 38.3M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 21.01 21.85 20.96 21.82 35.8M
Apple AAPL 175.01 180.00 174.86 180.00 32.3M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 47.68 49.48 47.68 49.25 31.7M
Visa V 84.68 87.64 83.90 85.40 29.1M
Home Depot HD 29.09 30.46 29.01 29.87 26.6M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 32.90 33.18 32.32 32.90 26.3M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 52.58 53.95 52.50 53.57 24.9M
AT&T Inc. T 39.29 40.01 39.19 39.94 24.4M
Merck MRK 38.05 39.04 37.80 38.95 24M
Altria MO 20.18 20.21 19.95 20.12 22.3M
ConocoPhillips COP 85.24 86.91 84.22 86.64 20M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 58.15 59.09 57.63 58.07 18.7M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 21.98 23.20 21.97 22.94 16.9M
HP Inc. HPQ 46.35 48.18 46.25 48.03 16.6M
Verizon Communications VZ 38.41 39.58 38.41 39.32 15.4M
Chevron CVX 94.86 95.45 93.43 94.94 15.3M
Procter & Gamble PG 67.03 67.48 66.52 67.03 13.5M
Alphabet GOOGL 578.31 594.93 576.97 593.08 13.2M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 67.13 67.88 66.95 67.81 13.2M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 32.45 33.42 32.42 33.30 12.2M
Schlumberger SLB 97.38 99.51 95.81 98.35 10.3M
International Business Machines IBM 121.06 124.43 121.06 123.61 8.23M
Coca-Cola KO 58.75 59.16 58.40 59.09 7.56M
Amazon AMZN 78.74 80.01 77.97 79.36 7.2M
McDonald's MCD 59.54 60.93 59.35 60.92 6.95M
Gilead Sciences GILD 52.13 53.00 51.65 53.00 6.54M
Amgen AMGN 42.19 43.24 41.77 43.23 6.4M
Pepsico PEP 68.33 68.75 68.03 68.50 5.72M
United Technologies UTX 72.50 74.70 72.50 74.50 5.17M
Boeing BA 85.05 85.48 84.57 85.41 5.08M
Union Pacific UNP 145.27 147.95 143.40 146.63 3.82M
3M MMM 76.94 78.05 76.58 77.84 3.78M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 4459.00 4472.00 4410.00 4460.00 14.8K
Exchange Rates of May 01, 2008
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 104.390 JPY 1 JPY = 0.010 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.019 CAD 1 CAD = 0.981 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.048 CHF 1 CHF = 0.954 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.989 CNY 1 CNY = 0.143 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 161.470 JPY 1 JPY = 0.006 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.783 GBP 1 GBP = 1.278 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.659 AUD 1 AUD = 0.603 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.577 CAD 1 CAD = 0.634 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.621 CHF 1 CHF = 0.617 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.484 GBP 1 GBP = 2.064 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.027 AUD 1 AUD = 0.974 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.976 CAD 1 CAD = 1.025 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.004 CHF 1 CHF = 0.997 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.119 AUD 1 AUD = 0.472 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.014 CAD 1 CAD = 0.496 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2.070 CHF 1 CHF = 0.483 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.950 CAD 1 CAD = 1.053 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.977 CHF 1 CHF = 1.024 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 1.028 CHF 1 CHF = 0.973 CAD

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