Financial news on December 13, 2011

Business and Financial news
After a Fainting Spell, Learning to Fly Again

Joan Raymond Frequent Flier column; event producer and design firm operator Jes Gordon discusses how she bounced back after an emergency airplane landing. Read more..

By JES GORDON - The New York Times

Cameron's Defense May End Up Hurting the City

In his failed quest for special treatment on financial regulation, the prime minister has taken Britain out of the room where decisions on the future of Europe will be shaped. Read more..

By PAUL TAYLOR | REUTERS - International Herald Tribune

Google Acquisition of Motorola Delayed in Europe

European antitrust regulators suspend their investigation into Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, delaying deal, until Google provides additional documents. Read more..

By JAMES KANTER - The New York Times

Morning Take-Out

Highlights from the DealBook newsletter. Read more..

By WILLIAM ALDEN - The New York Times

On a Long Train Trip, Rare Pleasures Return

Joe Sharkey On The Road column on the pleasures of train travel, even for business; says it is a reminder of how civilized airline travel once was. Read more..

By JOE SHARKEY - The New York Times

Pondering a Dire Day: Leaving the Euro

Legal and financial experts are examining in detail what would happen if Greece abandoned the euro and returned to the drachma; danger that Greece, or another deeply damaged European nation, could leave the euro zone can no longer be ruled out; leaders agree to adopt strict fiscal rules on countries using the universal currency to avoid such an event; Read more..

By LANDON THOMAS Jr - The New York Times

Reviewing Jerry Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky’s autobiography is no longer available from Amazon, but that is not stopping would-be reviewers, who are piling on with sarcastic reviews. Read more..

By DAVID STREITFELD - The New York Times

The Facebook Resisters

Facebook, which is preparing for a public offering, has more than 800 million active users around the world. But some people, even on the younger end of the age spectrum, just refuse to participate. Read more..

By JENNA WORTHAM - The New York Times

Today’s Scuttlebot: Ugly Apps and a Steve Jobs Statue

The tech reporters and editors of The New York Times are always searching for interesting items on the Web. Here’s what they found on Tuesday: a statue for Steve Jobs, DIY gifts and the economics of video games explained. Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

Walk Through Earthquake Rubble Online

Google has placed views of earthquake and tsunami damage in its maps of Japan. You’ll see the idyllic countryside change dramatically, becoming cluttered with mountains of rubble and debris as you get closer to the ocean, says one of the Google executives managing the project. Read more..

By HIROKO TABUCHI - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
IntelINTC24.0524.0623.4223.5678.5M
General ElectricGE16.5616.7216.3016.4273.9M
PfizerPFE20.5720.9620.5120.7669.3M
MicrosoftMSFT25.7526.1025.6525.7654.6M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM32.3732.6330.8731.2949.5M
Cisco SystemsCSCO18.5718.8518.3418.4748M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC26.5526.5825.4725.7931.5M
Oracle Corp.ORCL31.6931.9030.6030.8325.3M
AT&T Inc.T29.0629.2528.9529.0421.9M
ExxonMobilXOM80.6181.8180.1480.5321.9M
MerckMRK35.2235.3634.8634.9918.3M
HP Inc.HPQ27.4127.8526.6526.8018.2M
ComcastCMCSA23.5223.6823.0823.1918.1M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ64.0864.0863.1463.3614.2M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT54.3554.8454.1754.3513.8M
AltriaMO28.9229.2528.8228.9913M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS36.6937.1236.1836.3312.7M
General MotorsGM20.9621.0019.9520.1112.6M
ConocoPhillipsCOP70.9471.6569.5669.8512.2M
AppleAAPL393.00395.40387.10388.8112.1M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ38.4638.5938.1438.2611.9M
Home DepotHD40.2240.2539.3639.5111.4M
Procter & GamblePG64.5465.3364.4064.7311.1M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT58.1358.3557.4257.6011M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY33.3133.6833.2733.5310.7M
SchlumbergerSLB72.5873.7670.0170.419.91M
AmazonAMZN188.56189.68178.50180.519.3M
ChevronCVX104.22105.89103.10103.628.99M
AlphabetGOOGL628.76636.56622.85625.638.05M
Gilead SciencesGILD38.7539.2338.5238.597.93M
BoeingBA71.6772.6570.6270.907.56M
Coca-ColaKO67.0967.2766.2966.487.14M
McDonald'sMCD98.7498.9597.7698.006.86M
AmgenAMGN57.7058.3857.3157.436.84M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B76.5676.9075.0275.866.74M
United TechnologiesUTX75.0175.9673.7574.205.4M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH48.4449.3047.7047.935.27M
International Business MachinesIBM193.46194.30190.64191.155.01M
PepsicoPEP64.9565.2464.1464.284.95M
3MMMM81.0081.2278.9179.413.98M
VisaV97.4497.5495.5395.913.39M
Union PacificUNP101.83103.0099.56100.193.03M
Exchange Rates of December 13, 2011
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 77.990 JPY1 JPY = 0.013 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.034 CAD1 CAD = 0.967 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 0.946 CHF1 CHF = 1.058 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.366 CNY1 CNY = 0.157 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 101.650 JPY1 JPY = 0.010 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.842 GBP1 GBP = 1.188 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.301 AUD1 AUD = 0.769 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.348 CAD1 CAD = 0.742 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.232 CHF1 CHF = 0.811 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 8.291 CNY1 CNY = 0.121 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.828 GBP1 GBP = 1.208 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.279 AUD1 AUD = 0.782 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.325 CAD1 CAD = 0.755 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.212 CHF1 CHF = 0.825 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.545 AUD1 AUD = 0.647 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.601 CAD1 CAD = 0.625 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.464 CHF1 CHF = 0.683 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 9.848 CNY1 CNY = 0.102 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 1.036 CAD1 CAD = 0.966 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.947 CHF1 CHF = 1.056 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.372 CNY1 CNY = 0.157 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.914 CHF1 CHF = 1.094 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.154 CNY1 CNY = 0.163 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.727 CNY1 CNY = 0.149 CHF

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