Financial news on February 4th, 2010

Business and Financial news
Amazon Said to Buy Touch Start-Up

The Internet retailer has acquired Touchco, a New York start-up, according to a person briefed on the deal. Read more..

By NICK BILTON and BRAD STONE - The New York Times

In a Prius Preserve, Shaken Fans

Problems with other Toyota models have owners of the Prius wondering about the safety of their own vehicles. Read more..

By JESSE McKINLEY - The New York Times

Is My Windows 32 Bit or 64 Bit?

How do I know if I currently have the 32-bit or the 64-bit version of Windows 7, and how can I find out if my PC can run the 64-bit edition? Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

LaHood Backtracks on ‘Stop Driving It’

Ray LaHood , the plainspoken transportation secretary who told Toyota owners to stop driving the vehicles with pedal problems, became an advertisement for the virtue of remaining scripted. Read more..


Operators Pin High Hopes on Singapore Casinos

Singapore has high hopes for its two new casinos, but its tight restrictions on junket operators and high entry fees for local visitors could hurt business. Read more..

By SONIA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP - International Herald Tribune

President Touts His Alternative Fuels Plan

President Obama ordered the rapid development of technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of coal. Read more..

By JOHN M. BRODER - The New York Times

Russia Plans to Promote Technology Innovations

The Russian finance minister floated a new approach to catching up with the West in technology. Read more..

By ANDREW E. KRAMER - The New York Times

The Tech Savvy Lend a Hand in Haiti

With laptops and expertise, volunteers organized by a group called Crisis Commons have created open-source technology tools for aid relief and recovery in Haiti. Read more..

By RIVA RICHMOND - The New York Times

Time Warner’s Movies Help It Swing to a Profit

Time Warner’s chief executive, Jeffrey L. Bewkes, said the results suggested that “industry trends are going our way.” Read more..

By TIM ARANGO - The New York Times

U.S. to Help Banks in Distressed Areas

The government has made changes in the Troubled Asset Relief Program to get more small-business lenders to sign up. Read more..

By SEWELL CHAN - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B73.8073.8072.0572.611.12B
Cisco SystemsCSCO23.4123.7723.1023.16126M
General ElectricGE16.4816.5016.0116.04110M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC27.9528.0827.0027.0668.2M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM39.7939.9238.3538.3557.2M
Oracle Corp.ORCL23.6123.7823.1023.1133.3M
AT&T Inc.T25.4325.4925.0325.0332.3M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ28.9829.0428.6228.6328.8M
HP Inc.HPQ48.1948.7246.9847.0321.7M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT53.8854.3052.9652.9721M
Home DepotHD28.2428.5327.8427.9319.8M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT54.7554.7553.7953.8219.2M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ63.4963.6262.6262.6418.4M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY24.3124.5123.9023.9916.7M
Procter & GamblePG62.2062.3461.3161.4014.3M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS30.2830.4929.6629.6713.4M
Gilead SciencesGILD47.4247.4646.3746.4711.7M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH33.2433.2432.3932.4610.6M
International Business MachinesIBM125.19125.44122.90123.009.13M
United TechnologiesUTX67.8767.9566.3466.385.98M
Union PacificUNP62.2662.7660.9160.983.51M
Exchange Rates of February 4th, 2010
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 89.050 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.074 CAD1 CAD = 0.932 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.067 CHF1 CHF = 0.938 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.828 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 122.250 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.871 GBP1 GBP = 1.148 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.587 AUD1 AUD = 0.630 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.474 CAD1 CAD = 0.679 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.464 CHF1 CHF = 0.683 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.376 CNY1 CNY = 0.107 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.712 GBP1 GBP = 1.404 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.298 AUD1 AUD = 0.771 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.205 CAD1 CAD = 0.830 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.197 CHF1 CHF = 0.835 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.822 AUD1 AUD = 0.549 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.692 CAD1 CAD = 0.591 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.681 CHF1 CHF = 0.595 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.745 CNY1 CNY = 0.093 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.928 CAD1 CAD = 1.078 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.922 CHF1 CHF = 1.085 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 5.901 CNY1 CNY = 0.169 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.993 CHF1 CHF = 1.007 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.359 CNY1 CNY = 0.157 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.402 CNY1 CNY = 0.156 CHF

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