Financial news on December 12th, 2013

Business and Financial news
An App That Will Never Forget a File

Tool Kit column; app Evernote provides single comprehensive archive of user's digital life, providing one location to store and find practically everything saved on a computer or phone. Read more..

By PAUL BOUTIN - The New York Times

Backing Up a Book With Gmail, and Another Screen for a Mac Laptop

Personal Tech Q&A on saving novel that is being written using either Gmail or Google Drive, and ways to use an external display with an Apple laptop; Tip of the Week on mobile apps for television program schedules. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

E.U. Ministers Stagger Toward Banking Deal

European Union finance ministers say they agree on basic principles on how to wind down ailing banks, but not everyone is pleased with the compromises. Read more..


Europeans Pay Less for Mobile Use, but at a Cost

A report by the British telecom regulator says the less expensive plans depress revenues and discourage investment in high-speed networks. Read more..

By MARK SCOTT - The New York Times

For No. 2 at Fed, White House Favors Central Banker in the Bernanke Mold

Former and current Obama administration officials say Stanley Fischer, former governor of Bank of Israel and mentor to Federal Reserve's chairman Ben S Bernanke, is leading candidate to become vice chairman of the Fed; he is both surprising choice and popular pick among economists and investors, and interest in him appears to reflect desire for continuity. Read more..


G.M. Will Stop Making Cars in Australia

The company said that the strong Australian dollar and high production costs meant it would have to end production in the country by 2017. Read more..

By REUTERS - The New York Times

Headphones to Block Out the World Around

Gadgetwise blog; NoiseHush i7 headphones are compared with more expensive Bose Quiet Comfort 15 headphones. Read more..

By ROY FURCHGOTT - The New York Times

News Organizations Call On Syrian Rebels to End Kidnappings

Thirteen international news organizations have written a letter to the armed opposition in Syria asking for assurances that their reporters will not be abducted. Read more..

By RAVI SOMAIYA - The New York Times

Uphill Battle in Europe Over Fracking

A recent lecture in London showed how contentious the debate on extracting natural gas from shale rock has become. Read more..

By STANLEY REED - The New York Times

Zeus Jones to Open San Francisco Office

Advertising column; Zeus Jones, consultancy specializing in digital, design, social media and content creation, is opening new office in San Francisco, to be led by Gareth Kay. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
Cisco SystemsCSCO20.8220.8320.2620.5169.6M
General ElectricGE26.5026.7026.4826.5431M
Oracle Corp.ORCL33.8533.9033.2933.6030.9M
AT&T Inc.T34.0534.1333.7533.8921.9M
General MotorsGM40.1040.6140.0140.0518.9M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM56.0556.6055.9156.3115.3M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC43.5743.7843.4743.5013.7M
HP Inc.HPQ27.0527.1126.4226.6013.4M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ92.8492.8691.0791.1612.3M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ48.4948.5347.8748.1312.2M
Gilead SciencesGILD70.3971.2170.0570.2712.1M
Procter & GamblePG83.8283.8781.9382.3010.2M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS69.2870.0268.8069.638.76M
Home DepotHD78.9979.2078.2878.538.54M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT36.5736.6336.2736.296.42M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY50.5450.7950.1150.556.33M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH72.1972.5770.9171.015.82M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT79.1179.2678.4078.505.69M
International Business MachinesIBM175.06175.80173.30173.375.67M
United TechnologiesUTX108.50108.93107.36108.093.65M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B114.49115.06114.04114.383.12M
Union PacificUNP160.50161.83160.17160.971.43M
Exchange Rates of December 12th, 2013
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 103.350 JPY1 JPY = 0.010 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.064 CAD1 CAD = 0.940 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 0.889 CHF1 CHF = 1.125 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.072 CNY1 CNY = 0.165 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 142.130 JPY1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.841 GBP1 GBP = 1.189 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.539 AUD1 AUD = 0.650 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.463 CAD1 CAD = 0.683 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.223 CHF1 CHF = 0.818 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 8.349 CNY1 CNY = 0.120 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.591 GBP1 GBP = 1.691 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.082 AUD1 AUD = 0.924 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.029 CAD1 CAD = 0.972 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 0.860 CHF1 CHF = 1.163 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.829 AUD1 AUD = 0.547 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.739 CAD1 CAD = 0.575 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.454 CHF1 CHF = 0.688 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 9.928 CNY1 CNY = 0.101 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.951 CAD1 CAD = 1.052 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.794 CHF1 CHF = 1.259 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 5.424 CNY1 CNY = 0.184 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.835 CHF1 CHF = 1.198 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 5.705 CNY1 CNY = 0.175 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.825 CNY1 CNY = 0.147 CHF

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