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

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Pfizer PFE 23.52 27.80 23.50 24.90 289M
Cisco Systems CSCO 26.94 27.57 26.86 27.25 68.5M
Intel INTC 21.09 21.45 20.81 21.22 62.7M
Microsoft MSFT 29.23 29.52 29.17 29.33 55.1M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 18.88 19.34 18.75 19.28 47.5M
AT&T Inc. T 34.39 34.55 34.09 34.24 28.8M
Apple AAPL 91.88 92.05 90.50 91.12 25.3M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 48.00 48.43 47.19 48.10 20.3M
ExxonMobil XOM 77.00 77.80 76.51 77.77 19.3M
General Electric GE 35.43 35.50 35.27 35.39 18.8M
Merck MRK 45.52 45.90 44.30 44.70 18.7M
Home Depot HD 38.70 39.47 38.41 39.20 14.6M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 46.25 46.51 45.87 46.29 14.5M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 46.28 47.13 46.16 46.84 13.1M
Verizon Communications VZ 34.81 34.94 34.68 34.85 12.6M
ConocoPhillips COP 67.37 67.44 66.54 67.26 11.4M
Amgen AMGN 68.95 69.50 68.70 69.15 11.2M
Alphabet GOOGL 483.00 487.43 479.35 484.85 9.79M
Amazon AMZN 39.31 39.48 38.87 39.10 9.72M
HP Inc. HPQ 39.44 39.92 39.27 39.86 9.51M
Schlumberger SLB 68.00 69.00 67.46 68.92 9.19M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 35.23 35.62 35.20 35.49 8.88M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 24.85 25.33 24.84 25.24 8.4M
Altria MO 84.70 84.70 83.87 84.40 8.22M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 33.22 33.50 33.09 33.44 7.92M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 48.85 49.53 48.62 48.91 7.84M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 66.39 66.72 65.81 66.28 7.79M
International Business Machines IBM 92.50 93.95 92.25 93.51 7.51M
Chevron CVX 73.11 73.54 72.70 73.50 7.49M
Comcast CMCSA 40.74 40.96 40.64 40.83 7.48M
Procter & Gamble PG 63.08 63.55 62.75 63.42 7.08M
Coca-Cola KO 46.73 47.26 46.54 46.83 7M
Pepsico PEP 62.18 63.17 62.08 62.88 5.8M
McDonald's MCD 42.05 42.67 42.00 42.50 5.17M
Gilead Sciences GILD 65.65 68.07 65.43 67.62 4.77M
United Technologies UTX 64.22 65.49 64.03 64.90 4.07M
Boeing BA 89.55 90.60 89.42 89.58 3.49M
3M MMM 80.42 81.29 80.01 80.89 2.9M
Union Pacific UNP 91.10 92.35 91.05 92.11 1.51M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3546.00 3583.00 3546.00 3572.00 22.7K
Exchange Rates of December 04, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 115.280 JPY 1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.141 CAD 1 CAD = 0.877 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.193 CHF 1 CHF = 0.838 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 7.828 CNY 1 CNY = 0.128 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 153.780 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.673 GBP 1 GBP = 1.486 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.689 AUD 1 AUD = 0.592 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.521 CAD 1 CAD = 0.657 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.591 CHF 1 CHF = 0.628 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.438 GBP 1 GBP = 2.286 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.098 AUD 1 AUD = 0.911 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.989 CAD 1 CAD = 1.011 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.035 CHF 1 CHF = 0.966 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.509 AUD 1 AUD = 0.399 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.260 CAD 1 CAD = 0.443 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2.364 CHF 1 CHF = 0.423 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.900 CAD 1 CAD = 1.111 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.942 CHF 1 CHF = 1.062 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 1.046 CHF 1 CHF = 0.956 CAD

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