Financial news on May 4th, 2006

Business and Financial news
A Big Question Unanswered by a Tiny PC

The Ultra Mobile PC aims to bridge the size gulf between a palmtop and a laptop, but winds up inheriting the worst aspects of each. Read more..

By DAVID POGUE - The New York Times

Doctors Object to Gathering of Drug Data

Some doctors consider computerized lists showing which doctors are prescribing what drugs an intrusion. Read more..

By STEPHANIE SAUL - The New York Times

For Quick Learners and the Impatient, Even Faster Wi-Fi

Netgear's WNR834B wireless router can accommodate all three wireless standards and offers four Ethernet ports. Read more..

By JOHN BIGGS - The New York Times

Hear the Noise or Block It Out. It's Your Choice, Instantly.

A push-to-hear switch in new earphones mutes the music, while an external microphone picks up ambient sounds. Read more..

By IVAN BERGER - The New York Times

Hyundai Motor's Net Off 38%; Scandal and Currency Moves Cited

Net income declined to 318.8 billion won ($340 million) compared with 509.8 billion won a year earlier. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Opening Private Equity's Door, at Least a Crack, to Public Investors

A unit of the private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company went public in a $5 billion offering. Read more..

By HEATHER TIMMONS - The New York Times

PG&E Profit Fell on Lower Earnings

By Bloomberg News. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Red States, Blue States: New Labels for Long-Running Differences

A recent paper by two Harvard economists challenges the notion that differences in political attitudes across states are something new. Read more..

By HAL R. VARIAN - The New York Times

Rich in Features Yet Sleek in Hand

Camera makers are introducing models slightly bigger than ultraslim cameras but with capabilities formerly found only in far larger devices. Read more..

By SEÁN CAPTAIN - The New York Times

Too Soon to Breathe Easy?

A new sinus therapy is being hailed by some as a major breakthrough, but there is virtually no scientific evidence that the procedure works. Read more..

By REED ABELSON - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
Cisco SystemsCSCO21.5221.9021.5021.8649.6M
General ElectricGE34.5034.9434.4834.8021.8M
Oracle Corp.ORCL14.3814.4714.2114.2921.8M
Procter & GamblePG56.2356.6955.6055.8615.4M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH46.6047.1546.0846.5311.6M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT42.4442.5642.1442.5310.9M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT46.9846.9846.1246.4010.6M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM45.5145.8145.5045.6910.6M
AT&T Inc.T26.2026.2025.8525.9210.1M
Home DepotHD40.4240.5040.0940.269.26M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ32.8332.9232.6432.808.67M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS28.1628.4328.1628.407.91M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ58.4458.4758.1958.267.8M
HP Inc.HPQ32.9033.4032.8633.297.76M
Gilead SciencesGILD56.4756.7555.0255.205.38M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY24.9425.1024.9125.034.3M
International Business MachinesIBM82.7183.0982.4082.433.97M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC67.6068.2767.6068.183.91M
United TechnologiesUTX63.7364.0063.3663.772.77M
Union PacificUNP93.9094.0892.9193.501.88M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B2943.002943.002910.002910.0022.1K
Exchange Rates of May 4th, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 113.540 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.109 CAD1 CAD = 0.902 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.228 CHF1 CHF = 0.814 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 144.080 JPY1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.685 GBP1 GBP = 1.460 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.642 AUD1 AUD = 0.609 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.407 CAD1 CAD = 0.711 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.559 CHF1 CHF = 0.642 EUR
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.397 AUD1 AUD = 0.417 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 2.054 CAD1 CAD = 0.487 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 2.275 CHF1 CHF = 0.440 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.857 CAD1 CAD = 1.167 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.949 CHF1 CHF = 1.054 AUD

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