Financial news on December 04, 2006

Business and Financial news
A Chocolaty Treat Fit for a King

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, the Hershey Company plans to introduce a limited edition, peanut-butter-and-banana-creme Reese’s cup. Read more..

By ANDREW MARTIN - The New York Times

A ‘Civil War’ Puts Words on Trial

The willingness to use the term now to describe the conflict in Iraq is less a brave declaration than a wet, sensitive finger in the wind. Read more..

By DAVID CARR - The New York Times

End of Drug Trial Is a Big Loss for Pfizer

A drug, intended to treat heart disease, actually caused an increase in deaths and heart problems. Read more..

By ALEX BERENSON - The New York Times

In Tough Times, a Redesigned Journal

Starting Jan. 2, The Wall Street Journal will shrink in width by 3 inches, to an industry standard of 12 inches, reducing the space devoted to news by 10 percent. Read more..

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE - The New York Times

Looking Ahead

FOLLOW THE RISING EURO The European Central Bank will announce a decision on interest rates Thursday. The bank is widely expected to raise its benchmark rate by a quarter of a point, to 3.5 percent, with perhaps more increases to follow next year.... Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

The Future of Web Ads Is in Britain

Online advertising is growing at a roughly 40 percent annual rate in Britain, and is expected to account for as much as 14 percent of overall ad spending this year. Read more..

By LOUISE STORY and ERIC PFANNER - The New York Times

With Brash Hosts, Headline News Finds More Viewers in Prime Time

A brash, personality-driven talk-TV format along the lines of Fox News’s evening lineup is improving the prime time performance of CNN’s Headline News. Read more..

By NOAM COHEN - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
PfizerPFE23.5227.8023.5024.90289M
Cisco SystemsCSCO26.9427.5726.8627.2568.5M
IntelINTC21.0921.4520.8121.2262.7M
MicrosoftMSFT29.2329.5229.1729.3355.1M
Oracle Corp.ORCL18.8819.3418.7519.2847.5M
AT&T Inc.T34.3934.5534.0934.2428.8M
AppleAAPL91.8892.0590.5091.1225.3M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT48.0048.4347.1948.1020.3M
ExxonMobilXOM77.0077.8076.5177.7719.3M
General ElectricGE35.4335.5035.2735.3918.8M
MerckMRK45.5245.9044.3044.7018.7M
Home DepotHD38.7039.4738.4139.2014.6M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT46.2546.5145.8746.2914.5M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM46.2847.1346.1646.8413.1M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ34.8134.9434.6834.8512.6M
ConocoPhillipsCOP67.3767.4466.5467.2611.4M
AmgenAMGN68.9569.5068.7069.1511.2M
AlphabetGOOGL483.00487.43479.35484.859.79M
AmazonAMZN39.3139.4838.8739.109.72M
HP Inc.HPQ39.4439.9239.2739.869.51M
SchlumbergerSLB68.0069.0067.4668.929.19M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC35.2335.6235.2035.498.88M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY24.8525.3324.8425.248.4M
AltriaMO84.7084.7083.8784.408.22M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS33.2233.5033.0933.447.92M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH48.8549.5348.6248.917.84M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ66.3966.7265.8166.287.79M
International Business MachinesIBM92.5093.9592.2593.517.51M
ChevronCVX73.1173.5472.7073.507.49M
ComcastCMCSA40.7440.9640.6440.837.48M
Procter & GamblePG63.0863.5562.7563.427.08M
Coca-ColaKO46.7347.2646.5446.837M
PepsicoPEP62.1863.1762.0862.885.8M
McDonald'sMCD42.0542.6742.0042.505.17M
Gilead SciencesGILD65.6568.0765.4367.624.77M
United TechnologiesUTX64.2265.4964.0364.904.07M
BoeingBA89.5590.6089.4289.583.49M
3MMMM80.4281.2980.0180.892.9M
Union PacificUNP91.1092.3591.0592.111.51M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3546.003583.003546.003572.0022.7K
Exchange Rates of December 04, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 115.280 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.141 CAD1 CAD = 0.877 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.193 CHF1 CHF = 0.838 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 7.828 CNY1 CNY = 0.128 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 153.780 JPY1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.673 GBP1 GBP = 1.486 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.689 AUD1 AUD = 0.592 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.521 CAD1 CAD = 0.657 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.591 CHF1 CHF = 0.628 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.438 GBP1 GBP = 2.286 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.098 AUD1 AUD = 0.911 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 0.989 CAD1 CAD = 1.011 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.035 CHF1 CHF = 0.966 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.509 AUD1 AUD = 0.399 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 2.260 CAD1 CAD = 0.443 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 2.364 CHF1 CHF = 0.423 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.900 CAD1 CAD = 1.111 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.942 CHF1 CHF = 1.062 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1.046 CHF1 CHF = 0.956 CAD

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