Financial news on April 03, 2012

Business and Financial news
A Network Popular With Hispanics Reaches Out to Them

Amy Chozick Advertising column notes ESPN’s 'This is SportsCenter' campaign will introduce a commercial in Spanish that will be included on its English-language networks. Read more..

By AMY CHOZICK - The New York Times

A Satellite System That Could End Circling Above the Airport

Airlines and airports are testing a guidance system that could reduce congestion and fuel consumption by allowing planes to take a more direct route to the runway. Read more..

By JAD MOUAWAD - The New York Times

Business Day Live | April 3, 2012

Discussing auto sales with Jessica Caldwell of Edmunds.com and investors diving into the rental housing market. Read more..

Mac William Bishop, Nadia Sussman, Pedro Rosado, Rob Harris, Adam B. Ellick and Sean Patrick Farrell - The New York Times

F.T.C. Approves Merger of 2 of the Biggest Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Federal Trade Commission approves by a 3-to-1 vote the $29 billion merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions; two pharmacy benefit managers say their merger will result in significant savings for consumers. Read more..

By REED ABELSON and NATASHA SINGER - The New York Times

Hiring and Production Improve at Factories

Although a report on manufacturing in March was positive, a separate report suggested that construction continued to struggle. Read more..

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - The New York Times

Major Indexes Rise on Manufacturing Data

Stocks rise on stronger-than-forecast growth in manufacturing. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Opel’s Future Weighs Heavily on German Town

Western European auto market enters a slump, and the burden of reducing its costly production surplus is likely to fall disproportionately on manufacturing communities like Bochum, Germany; General Motors, after losing $747 million on its European operations in 2011, is under intense pressure to make further cuts at its Opel division; plant in Bochum is considered the most endangered. Read more..

By JACK EWING - The New York Times

Pinnacle Airlines Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The regional carrier has lost business and suffered mounting debt, leading to the filing for reorganization under Chapter 11. Read more..

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - The New York Times

Unemployment in Euro Zone Hit New High in February

The European Union’s statistics office said unemployment in the euro zone rose to 10.8 percent in February, indicating that the region’s economy is back in recession. Read more..

By REUTERS - International Herald Tribune

Where Housing Once Boomed, Recovery Lags

The official statistics say that the national economy has been growing for almost three years, but there is scant evidence of renewed prosperity in places like Prince George’s County, Md. Read more..

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
Cisco SystemsCSCO21.1121.1920.6320.8264.1M
General ElectricGE19.9720.0219.8019.9643.8M
MicrosoftMSFT32.1632.1931.6631.9442.8M
PfizerPFE22.5522.6622.3522.5437.6M
IntelINTC28.3128.3727.9528.1134.2M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM45.7445.9944.9745.4231M
Oracle Corp.ORCL29.6129.7029.1229.3930M
AppleAAPL627.30632.21622.51629.3229.8M
General MotorsGM26.6427.0325.2725.5426.4M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC34.3534.5434.1234.4826M
AT&T Inc.T31.4331.6031.3331.4322M
ExxonMobilXOM86.7586.7885.0085.8317.7M
HP Inc.HPQ23.8324.0623.3523.4515.9M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT61.1661.4060.9161.1413.7M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ38.4538.5938.2738.4613M
ComcastCMCSA29.8429.9429.4429.6612.8M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT61.1461.4160.2460.6511.2M
MerckMRK38.5538.7238.4638.7210.9M
SchlumbergerSLB70.5070.6568.9969.7310.1M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ66.1266.1665.5065.889.13M
ConocoPhillipsCOP76.6676.7575.6876.318.91M
Gilead SciencesGILD48.5448.8647.4848.108.78M
Home DepotHD49.8350.2549.7150.008.67M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS43.6743.7542.9143.298M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH59.0259.6158.7259.407.95M
AltriaMO31.1431.2130.9631.097.33M
Procter & GamblePG67.4367.6066.9467.096.95M
Coca-ColaKO73.6774.0873.4673.766.49M
McDonald'sMCD98.3199.4198.3099.405.42M
PepsicoPEP66.5866.8266.3366.565.11M
AmazonAMZN198.24202.39197.50199.665M
AmgenAMGN68.0768.2767.4767.934.79M
ChevronCVX107.93108.23106.23107.144.69M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B81.5081.8480.7781.544.5M
Union PacificUNP109.11109.46105.90107.754.42M
International Business MachinesIBM209.31210.69208.54209.504.09M
AlphabetGOOGL645.41647.95638.64642.624.09M
VisaV118.84120.59118.37120.363.92M
BoeingBA75.0075.1174.1574.653.49M
United TechnologiesUTX82.6383.1181.7782.203.27M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY33.5133.9033.4933.872.73M
3MMMM89.1889.2088.2088.79735K
Exchange Rates of April 03, 2012
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 82.790 JPY1 JPY = 0.012 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 0.991 CAD1 CAD = 1.009 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 0.909 CHF1 CHF = 1.100 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.298 CNY1 CNY = 0.159 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 109.550 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.832 GBP1 GBP = 1.203 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.281 AUD1 AUD = 0.781 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.311 CAD1 CAD = 0.763 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.204 CHF1 CHF = 0.831 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 8.334 CNY1 CNY = 0.120 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.759 GBP1 GBP = 1.318 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.168 AUD1 AUD = 0.856 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.196 CAD1 CAD = 0.836 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.098 CHF1 CHF = 0.911 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.540 AUD1 AUD = 0.649 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.577 CAD1 CAD = 0.634 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.447 CHF1 CHF = 0.691 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.020 CNY1 CNY = 0.100 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 1.024 CAD1 CAD = 0.977 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.939 CHF1 CHF = 1.065 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.503 CNY1 CNY = 0.154 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.918 CHF1 CHF = 1.090 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.352 CNY1 CNY = 0.157 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.920 CNY1 CNY = 0.145 CHF

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