Financial news on December 08, 2009

Business and Financial news
Bank of America Executive Under Scrutiny

The New York attorney general is focusing on testimony by Greg Curl, the bank’s chief risk officer and a leading candidate for C.E.O., about a merger with Merrill Lynch. Read more..

By LOUISE STORY - The New York Times

Dark Side of a Natural Gas Boom

Some environmentalists are concerned that a technology called hydraulic fracturing used to produce natural gas could be leading to pollution. Read more..

By JAD MOUAWAD and CLIFFORD KRAUSS - The New York Times

Game Firms Seem Mighty Appealing

Game Firms Seem Mighty Appealing. Read more..

By ROLFE WINKLER, ROB COX and CHRISTOPHER SWANN - The New York Times

Google Adds Live Updates to Results

Google will supplement its search results with updates posted each second to sites like Twitter and Facebook. Read more..

By BRAD STONE - The New York Times

Music Industry Companies Opening Video Site

The new Web site will be introduced Tuesday night as three of the four top music labels combine to try new ways to increase revenue. Read more..

By BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Small British Company Develops Improved LED Bulbs

Luminanz, founded in 2005, said it has developed an improved type of LED bulb that is deemed to reduce health risks while using less power and lasting longer. Read more..

By ALICE PFEIFFER - International Herald Tribune

Times Company Reverses Its Plans to Sell Worcester Telegram & Gazette

The New York Times Company informed Telegram & Gazette employees that it would keep the paper, which it had planned to sell with The Boston Globe. Read more..

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA - The New York Times

To Reduce Deficit, Britain Considers Bank Bonus Tax

The government laid out more concrete steps for reducing the country’s budget deficit, but would not say whether it plans a controversial tax on bonuses. Read more..

By JULIA WERDIGIER - The New York Times

U.K.-Based Financier Invests in Guyana’s Rain Forest

Canopy Capital, a U.K.-based financier, is hoping the rain forests’ oxygen generating, rain making, and atmosphere cooling services will have increasing monetary value. Read more..

By ERICA GIES - International Herald Tribune

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
PfizerPFE18.0518.0717.6317.7680M
General ElectricGE15.9015.9315.6515.7278.9M
IntelINTC20.2520.2819.8019.9964M
ComcastCMCSA17.1217.4116.9117.3655.9M
Cisco SystemsCSCO24.0224.2123.7523.8144.1M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC25.9926.4625.9126.0342.7M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM41.0141.4040.6341.2141.9M
MicrosoftMSFT29.5229.7429.3829.5737.4M
Oracle Corp.ORCL22.3122.3621.8921.9127.9M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY25.2425.3024.9024.9027.7M
AT&T Inc.T27.9927.9927.5027.6125.9M
AppleAAPL189.36192.35188.70189.8724.7M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ33.4133.6532.8833.3921.6M
ExxonMobilXOM73.4773.5072.4172.9518.5M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH28.1628.9228.0728.4615.9M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT54.9354.9354.9354.9315.8M
MerckMRK36.6537.0036.2636.3515.5M
Home DepotHD28.0828.1127.5427.6715.1M
McDonald'sMCD60.4560.9160.0460.6114.7M
ConocoPhillipsCOP50.4050.4249.7949.9413.2M
AltriaMO19.4619.4619.1319.2612.8M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT53.5253.6452.9453.2412.1M
HP Inc.HPQ49.0849.1548.8248.9411.6M
Procter & GamblePG62.1462.3061.6061.8711.2M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ64.5064.6463.9364.2511.1M
Coca-ColaKO57.5357.7457.0757.689.15M
ChevronCVX77.8977.9876.4576.769.06M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS30.8730.9830.4530.688.7M
SchlumbergerSLB61.0161.1759.5760.008.01M
AmazonAMZN134.30136.08132.87134.118M
PepsicoPEP64.0964.0963.1563.486.16M
Gilead SciencesGILD46.1446.4845.9146.125.51M
International Business MachinesIBM126.97127.35126.16126.805.35M
Union PacificUNP64.4264.6063.1663.355.21M
3MMMM76.3577.4376.0077.115.05M
AmgenAMGN56.0056.2155.7255.934.88M
BoeingBA55.9956.2255.0655.664.66M
United TechnologiesUTX68.5268.5267.3968.234.11M
AlphabetGOOGL583.50590.66582.00587.053.04M
VisaV79.6280.4179.5579.992.6M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3320.003320.003296.003314.0032.2K
Exchange Rates of December 08, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 88.410 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.063 CAD1 CAD = 0.941 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.027 CHF1 CHF = 0.974 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.829 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 129.970 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.903 GBP1 GBP = 1.108 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.627 AUD1 AUD = 0.615 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.563 CAD1 CAD = 0.640 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.510 CHF1 CHF = 0.662 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 10.040 CNY1 CNY = 0.100 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.694 GBP1 GBP = 1.441 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.250 AUD1 AUD = 0.800 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.202 CAD1 CAD = 0.832 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.161 CHF1 CHF = 0.861 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.802 AUD1 AUD = 0.555 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.732 CAD1 CAD = 0.577 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.673 CHF1 CHF = 0.598 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 11.111 CNY1 CNY = 0.090 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.961 CAD1 CAD = 1.041 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.927 CHF1 CHF = 1.078 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.178 CNY1 CNY = 0.162 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.966 CHF1 CHF = 1.036 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.422 CNY1 CNY = 0.156 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.648 CNY1 CNY = 0.150 CHF

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