Financial news on November 04, 2009

Business and Financial news
Buffett Bets Big on Railroads’ Future

In buying Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Warren E. Buffett is hoping that the demand for shipping by train will remain strong or even grow. Read more..

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and ANDREW ROSS SORKIN - The New York Times

Chrysler, Lagging Rivals, to Unveil Recovery Plan

The industry’s annualized selling rate climbed in October, and G.M. and Ford reported sales increases. Read more..

By NICK BUNKLEY - The New York Times

Cisco and EMC Form Venture to Serve Data Centers

The joint venture called Acadia will work to sell bundles of hardware and software to corporate data centers. Read more..

By ASHLEE VANCE - The New York Times

For a Men’s Body Lotion, a Rugged Messenger

With ads featuring Michael Strahan, Vaseline Men is aiming to alter perceptions about the use of body lotion. Read more..

By ANDREW ADAM NEWMAN - The New York Times

G.M. Decides to Keep Opel, Its European Unit

The decision was a blow to the Canadian auto supplier Magna, which was poised to acquire a 55 percent stake in Opel with the backing of the German government and labor unions. Read more..

By BILL VLASIC - The New York Times

House Bill Would Assure Workers Paid Sick Days

Legislation introduced in Congress on Tuesday would guarantee five paid sick days for workers sent home by their employers with a contagious illness. Read more..

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE - The New York Times

Kraft Earns $826 Million but Cuts Its Sales Forecast

The nation’s largest food manufacturer reported quarterly profits that beat analysts’ expectations, but cut its forecast for full-year revenue growth. Read more..

By WILLIAM NEUMAN - The New York Times

Riding the Rails at a High Price

Warren E. Buffett says he thinks the business of transporting goods around the country is ready to rebound. But investors may want to delay hitching a ride on his caboose. Read more..

By RICHARD BEALES and ROBERT CYRAN - The New York Times

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to Host the Oscars

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were named next year’s Academy Awards hosts days after the Golden Globes landed the comedian Ricky Gervais as its host. Read more..

By MICHAEL CIEPLY - The New York Times

UBS Claims Improvement Despite Loss

Switzerland’s biggest bank reported a fourth consecutive loss for the quarter because of a charge for its own debt but said business was improving. Read more..

By JULIA WERDIGIER - International Herald Tribune

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Intel INTC 18.61 18.83 18.50 18.59 85.8M
General Electric GE 14.44 14.59 14.15 14.19 80.3M
Cisco Systems CSCO 23.31 23.43 23.00 23.29 65.6M
Microsoft MSFT 27.69 28.39 27.62 28.06 63.9M
Pfizer PFE 16.93 17.21 16.87 16.93 52.4M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 28.02 28.12 26.72 26.82 46.1M
Comcast CMCSA 14.70 14.76 14.00 14.06 44.7M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 43.21 43.69 42.12 42.21 42.5M
Merck MRK 31.33 32.85 31.25 32.64 36.2M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 20.82 21.20 20.65 20.90 32.4M
AT&T Inc. T 25.46 25.84 25.40 25.53 25.3M
ExxonMobil XOM 72.07 72.53 71.04 71.30 22.8M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 27.62 28.96 27.62 27.87 22.4M
Home Depot HD 25.27 25.50 24.90 24.96 18.6M
Apple AAPL 190.73 193.85 190.23 190.81 17.4M
Verizon Communications VZ 29.20 29.30 29.04 29.10 16.1M
Altria MO 18.46 18.65 18.38 18.47 15.6M
HP Inc. HPQ 47.96 48.64 47.69 47.76 15.6M
ConocoPhillips COP 51.07 52.00 51.00 51.25 15.4M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 21.99 22.51 21.85 22.18 15.2M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 50.04 50.78 49.86 50.38 14.5M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 59.13 60.06 58.97 59.52 13.9M
Procter & Gamble PG 58.94 59.66 58.70 59.03 13.2M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 28.12 28.73 27.90 28.03 12.8M
McDonald's MCD 59.50 60.85 59.20 60.29 12.3M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 50.50 51.50 50.50 50.91 11.5M
Union Pacific UNP 60.45 61.19 58.86 59.15 10.7M
Chevron CVX 77.10 77.50 76.00 76.28 10.7M
Amgen AMGN 52.48 52.87 51.72 52.12 8.54M
Schlumberger SLB 64.75 65.44 63.96 64.30 7.89M
Amazon AMZN 119.00 119.25 116.76 117.10 7.62M
Gilead Sciences GILD 44.12 44.30 43.57 43.87 7.4M
Coca-Cola KO 53.42 54.00 53.03 53.49 7.06M
International Business Machines IBM 121.46 122.50 121.16 121.29 6.35M
Visa V 78.30 79.50 78.12 78.31 6.09M
Pepsico PEP 60.16 60.96 59.79 60.38 5.55M
Boeing BA 48.28 48.90 47.80 48.07 5.08M
Alphabet GOOGL 540.80 545.50 536.42 540.33 4.66M
United Technologies UTX 63.55 64.64 63.39 63.58 4.45M
3M MMM 74.68 75.28 73.90 74.07 4.08M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3380.00 3449.00 3349.00 3381.00 118K
Exchange Rates of November 04, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 90.760 JPY 1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.063 CAD 1 CAD = 0.941 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.016 CHF 1 CHF = 0.984 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.828 CNY 1 CNY = 0.146 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 134.940 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.898 GBP 1 GBP = 1.114 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.632 AUD 1 AUD = 0.613 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.579 CAD 1 CAD = 0.633 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.510 CHF 1 CHF = 0.662 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 10.154 CNY 1 CNY = 0.098 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.665 GBP 1 GBP = 1.504 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.210 AUD 1 AUD = 0.827 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.170 CAD 1 CAD = 0.855 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.119 CHF 1 CHF = 0.894 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.818 AUD 1 AUD = 0.550 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.759 CAD 1 CAD = 0.568 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.682 CHF 1 CHF = 0.594 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.968 CAD 1 CAD = 1.033 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.925 CHF 1 CHF = 1.082 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6.216 CNY 1 CNY = 0.161 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.956 CHF 1 CHF = 1.046 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6.425 CNY 1 CNY = 0.156 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.723 CNY 1 CNY = 0.149 CHF

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