Financial news on February 11, 2010

Business and Financial news
A.I.G. Will Use a Grading System for Bonuses

The new plan is meant to quiet critics who believe Wall Street financial firms overpay even their underperforming employees. Read more..

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED - The New York Times

Cables With Extras

Some U.S.B. cables have a bump on one end and others don’t. What does the bump do, and can I use bump and bumpless cables interchangeably? Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

"Doctors" Commercial by G.E.

A new campaign from G.E., which begins running during the Olympics, emphasizes its healthcare business. Read more..

None None - The New York Times

Fire Your Relatives. Scare Your Employees. And Stop Whining.

An adviser to small businesses offers hard-edged solutions to problems faced by most entrepreneurs. Read more..

By KERMIT PATTISON - The New York Times

Healthy Jump in Chinese Exports Points to Recovery in World Trade

China said that its exports climbed 21 percent in January, while imports surged 85.5 percent, the latest sign that world trade is starting to recover. Read more..

By KEITH BRADSHER - International Herald Tribune

Motorola Considers Merging Units for a Spinoff

The company’s plans to remake itself have included shopping its set-top box business and its wireless networking units. Read more..

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED - The New York Times

NBC Commits to Keeping ‘Ellen’ Show

The move quiets speculation that Ellen DeGeneres would replace Oprah Winfrey on stations owned by ABC. Read more..

By BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

New Jersey Added to Trial to Cut Health Insurance Paperwork

Doctors and hospitals will be able to check a patient’s private coverage and track claims through a single Web portal. Read more..

By REED ABELSON - The New York Times

Report Warns Silicon Valley Could Lose Its Edge

Unemployment in the area is higher than national levels and the worst since 2005, when tech companies were recovering from the dot-com implosion. Read more..

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER - The New York Times

Taming Twitter’s Streams With Automated Web Sites

Unlike Facebook, whose builders strive to make it an ever more organized social network, Twitter seems to thrive on being a jumble. Read more..

By PAUL BOUTIN - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 74,50 76,80 74,15 76,69 2.3B
General Electric GE 15,62 15,79 15,48 15,77 66.9M
Microsoft MSFT 27,93 28,40 27,70 28,12 66M
Intel INTC 19,63 20,20 19,55 20,06 58.8M
Pfizer PFE 17,75 18,03 17,62 17,87 54.7M
Cisco Systems CSCO 23,67 23,99 23,54 23,93 42.5M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 27,15 27,24 26,71 27,08 35.8M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 38,84 39,37 38,36 39,02 33.8M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 23,06 23,52 22,83 23,35 28.2M
AT&T Inc. T 25,05 25,38 24,83 25,19 27.4M
ExxonMobil XOM 64,69 65,48 64,41 65,24 23.6M
Apple AAPL 194,88 199,75 194,06 198,67 19.7M
Comcast CMCSA 15,26 15,43 15,11 15,33 18.2M
Altria MO 19,40 19,74 19,25 19,61 17M
Verizon Communications VZ 28,86 29,20 28,68 29,04 16M
Home Depot HD 28,71 29,07 28,54 28,99 14.6M
Merck MRK 36,22 37,00 35,87 36,88 14.4M
Pepsico PEP 60,87 61,70 60,50 61,19 14.4M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 53,27 53,71 52,93 53,54 13.4M
Coca-Cola KO 53,60 54,33 53,27 54,22 13.2M
HP Inc. HPQ 48,00 48,85 47,82 48,62 12.9M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 29,82 30,43 29,76 30,16 12.4M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 53,13 53,45 52,91 53,08 11.6M
Gilead Sciences GILD 45,81 47,08 45,59 46,76 11.5M
Chevron CVX 70,72 72,11 70,31 71,05 11.3M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 23,92 23,98 23,57 23,89 11M
Procter & Gamble PG 61,42 62,16 61,27 61,96 10.4M
ConocoPhillips COP 48,28 49,11 47,96 48,90 9.87M
Amgen AMGN 56,56 57,00 56,23 56,50 8.49M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 62,62 63,21 62,26 62,91 8.35M
Amazon AMZN 117,21 120,42 116,50 120,09 8.34M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 32,71 33,20 32,44 33,12 7.86M
McDonald's MCD 63,25 63,84 62,54 63,79 7.48M
Schlumberger SLB 63,56 64,90 62,55 64,55 7.32M
3M MMM 79,22 80,39 78,84 80,27 5.52M
United Technologies UTX 66,36 66,85 65,86 66,71 5.5M
Union Pacific UNP 61,43 63,85 61,41 63,61 5.18M
International Business Machines IBM 122,58 124,20 122,06 123,73 5.09M
Alphabet GOOGL 532,25 540,49 529,50 536,40 4.82M
Visa V 83,79 85,21 83,25 85,14 4.51M
Boeing BA 59,75 60,75 58,94 60,59 4.4M
Exchange Rates of February 11, 2010
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 89,750 JPY 1 JPY = 0,011 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1,050 CAD 1 CAD = 0,952 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1,070 CHF 1 CHF = 0,934 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6,834 CNY 1 CNY = 0,146 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 122,880 JPY 1 JPY = 0,008 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0,872 GBP 1 GBP = 1,147 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,537 AUD 1 AUD = 0,651 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,438 CAD 1 CAD = 0,696 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1,466 CHF 1 CHF = 0,682 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 9,359 CNY 1 CNY = 0,107 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0,709 GBP 1 GBP = 1,410 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,250 AUD 1 AUD = 0,800 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,170 CAD 1 CAD = 0,855 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1,193 CHF 1 CHF = 0,839 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,763 AUD 1 AUD = 0,567 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,649 CAD 1 CAD = 0,606 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1,681 CHF 1 CHF = 0,595 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0,935 CAD 1 CAD = 1,069 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0,953 CHF 1 CHF = 1,049 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6,086 CNY 1 CNY = 0,164 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 1,019 CHF 1 CHF = 0,981 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6,506 CNY 1 CNY = 0,154 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6,384 CNY 1 CNY = 0,157 CHF

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