Financial news on July 06, 2006

Business and Financial news
Big Promoter of Concerts to Acquire House of Blues

Live Nation Inc. said it had reached a deal to buy HOB Entertainment for $350 million, in a further concentration of the live-music business. Read more..

By JEFF LEEDS - The New York Times

Even at the End, Ken Lay Didn't Get It

The tragedy of the former Enron chairman is that he never fully understood what he'd done wrong. Read more..

By JOE NOCERA - The New York Times

How Much Is That Laptop? It Depends on the Color of the Case. And That's Fair.

Price discrimination — charging some buyers more for essentially the same product or service — often metes out rough justice. Read more..

By ROBERT H. FRANK - The New York Times

Internet Phoning That Recalls the Days of Plug In and Talk

The Vonage V-Phone connects to the U.S.B. port on a Windows computer and when callers call its dedicated number, the PC rings like a normal phone. Read more..

By JOHN BIGGS - The New York Times

More Lenders Join in Pledge to Safeguard Environment

The Equator Principles Financial Institutions abide by standards intended to ensure that projects do not have a harmful impact on the environment. Read more..

By CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCH - The New York Times

Oil Up and Stocks Fall on Missile Worries

Oil prices closed at a record high as political tensions over North Korea's missile tests shook equity and commodities markets around the world. Read more..

By JEREMY W. PETERS and MARTIN FACKLER - The New York Times

Russia Gives Exclusive Natural Gas Export Rights to Gazprom

Gazprom, the state-owned energy operator that is already the world's largest gas company, supplies about a quarter of Europe's natural gas. Read more..

By ANDREW E. KRAMER - The New York Times

Shareholders Sue Apple Over Stock Options

Apple Computer said its executives were being sued because of its announcement that it might have manipulated stock option grants. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Using TiVo With HDTV

Q. Does the TiVo recorder work with high-definition television? Read more..

By J.D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Wachovia Pays Fine for Research Conflicts

By Bloomberg News. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Altria MO 73.50 79.10 72.61 77.76 51.7M
Microsoft MSFT 23.45 23.61 23.42 23.48 44.8M
Intel INTC 18.81 18.94 18.75 18.85 35M
Cisco Systems CSCO 19.62 19.82 19.49 19.63 33.6M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 14.52 14.64 14.43 14.50 28.7M
ExxonMobil XOM 62.75 63.65 62.66 63.47 23.7M
Apple AAPL 57.09 57.40 55.61 55.77 22.6M
Pfizer PFE 23.77 23.93 23.60 23.68 20.2M
General Electric GE 33.31 33.62 33.30 33.50 20M
AT&T Inc. T 27.60 27.70 27.45 27.66 13.7M
ConocoPhillips COP 67.68 68.48 67.42 67.57 13.3M
HP Inc. HPQ 32.59 33.43 32.55 33.10 12.7M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 30.06 30.45 29.94 30.04 10.9M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 42.40 42.67 42.27 42.45 10.8M
Home Depot HD 35.45 35.73 35.40 35.47 10.7M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 46.83 47.14 46.51 46.72 10.2M
Verizon Communications VZ 32.80 33.03 32.57 33.02 9.73M
Merck MRK 36.70 36.95 36.50 36.66 9.7M
Chevron CVX 63.88 64.60 63.68 63.98 8.43M
Alphabet GOOGL 423.38 425.38 421.98 423.19 7.37M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 25.22 25.45 25.22 25.39 7.29M
Schlumberger SLB 65.09 65.99 63.70 64.00 7.24M
Procter & Gamble PG 55.97 56.75 55.94 56.45 7.22M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 43.70 44.10 43.60 43.78 6.65M
Comcast CMCSA 32.38 32.68 32.07 32.28 6.37M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 60.12 60.69 60.05 60.52 5.63M
Amgen AMGN 65.74 66.45 65.59 65.94 5.52M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 44.81 45.63 44.53 44.83 5.32M
Coca-Cola KO 43.18 43.59 43.04 43.33 5.12M
Amazon AMZN 37.07 37.74 36.52 36.80 4.37M
International Business Machines IBM 77.59 78.53 77.57 78.09 4.33M
McDonald's MCD 33.72 33.84 33.43 33.69 3.67M
Pepsico PEP 60.11 60.67 60.07 60.36 3.48M
Boeing BA 80.25 81.00 80.00 80.81 3.2M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 67.00 67.52 66.91 67.50 3.01M
Gilead Sciences GILD 58.94 60.24 58.94 60.10 2.88M
United Technologies UTX 64.05 64.68 63.59 63.85 2.77M
3M MMM 80.87 81.60 80.81 81.39 2.28M
Union Pacific UNP 92.37 92.50 89.84 90.83 1.41M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3005.00 3015.00 3001.00 3006.50 8.3K
Exchange Rates of July 06, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 115.110 JPY 1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.113 CAD 1 CAD = 0.899 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.228 CHF 1 CHF = 0.814 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 7.990 CNY 1 CNY = 0.125 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 147.040 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.695 GBP 1 GBP = 1.438 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.711 AUD 1 AUD = 0.584 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.422 CAD 1 CAD = 0.703 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.569 CHF 1 CHF = 0.637 EUR
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.461 AUD 1 AUD = 0.406 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.044 CAD 1 CAD = 0.489 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2.257 CHF 1 CHF = 0.443 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.830 CAD 1 CAD = 1.205 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.916 CHF 1 CHF = 1.091 AUD

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