Financial news on May 13, 2011

Business and Financial news
Disaster Plan Problems Found at U.S. Nuclear Plants

A regulatory official said inspectors had found that some equipment installed after 9/11 to help American nuclear plants deal with emergencies was inoperable. Read more..

By MATTHEW L. WALD - The New York Times

Mighty Determined Sellers

The publisher of Penthouse magazine and the United States Treasury find themselves in similar stock-sale situations this week. Read more..

By FLOYD NORRIS - The New York Times

New Ways to Exploit Raw Data May Bring Surge of Innovation, a Study Says

Data is a vital raw material of the information economy, but the business world is just beginning to learn how to process it all. Read more..

By STEVE LOHR - The New York Times

Online Seller Who Bullied Customers Pleads Guilty

Vitaly Borker, who sold eyeglasses online from his Brooklyn home, tormented customers to improve his search results on Google. Read more..

By DAVID SEGAL - The New York Times

Security and Style Increase Sales in Cartagena

The Colombian city’s old center and beach areas are new real estate hot spots. Read more..

By CHRIS KRAUL - International Herald Tribune

Treating Traders Like Hedge Funds

Ending proprietary trading in order to stop banks from behaving like hedge funds is proving devilish, but there may be a partial solution. Read more..

By ROB COX and ANTONY CURRIE - The New York Times

Troubles at Saab Continue as Chinese Deal Collapses

The Swedish car company said a partnership announced just over a week ago with the Hawtai Motor Group had foundered, although new talks are under way. Read more..

By MATTHEW SALTMARSH and DAVID JOLLY - The New York Times

Uncertain Leadership Strains Financial Overhaul

As temporary leaders overhaul regulations, concerns are rising about their vulnerability to political pressure. Read more..

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM - The New York Times

U.S. Inquiry of Google on Drug Ads

Google said in a filing that it had set aside $500 million to pay a possible settlement of the inquiry. Read more..

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Cisco Systems CSCO 16.86 16.96 16.78 16.88 80.2M
Microsoft MSFT 25.28 25.32 24.95 25.03 66.8M
Intel INTC 23.66 23.80 23.36 23.41 53.1M
General Electric GE 20.12 20.14 19.76 19.89 42.2M
Pfizer PFE 20.95 20.99 20.78 20.92 36.7M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 44.06 44.10 42.98 43.15 32.9M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 28.28 28.40 27.85 27.93 32.4M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 35.77 35.92 35.14 35.19 20.4M
AT&T Inc. T 31.62 31.66 31.15 31.41 17.7M
ExxonMobil XOM 81.29 81.77 80.22 80.87 17.6M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 53.43 54.24 53.24 53.49 16.8M
HP Inc. HPQ 40.80 40.86 40.22 40.41 14.1M
Comcast CMCSA 25.45 25.52 24.97 25.13 13.7M
Procter & Gamble PG 66.67 67.31 66.55 66.86 12.6M
Gilead Sciences GILD 41.38 41.92 41.03 41.20 11.9M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 67.09 67.25 65.95 66.62 11.7M
Apple AAPL 345.66 346.25 340.35 340.50 11.6M
Merck MRK 37.03 37.30 36.85 37.08 11.5M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 50.91 51.46 49.76 49.95 11.1M
General Motors GM 31.46 31.54 30.85 31.07 10.8M
ConocoPhillips COP 71.69 71.99 70.61 71.43 10.8M
Verizon Communications VZ 37.51 37.51 36.95 37.26 10.4M
Schlumberger SLB 83.68 84.25 81.72 82.71 10.2M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 28.94 28.99 28.69 28.81 9.65M
Amgen AMGN 59.86 61.08 59.75 60.47 9.4M
Chevron CVX 103.45 103.49 101.27 102.39 8.97M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 55.77 56.03 55.34 55.72 8.95M
Home Depot HD 37.31 37.36 36.78 37.01 8.67M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 41.61 41.87 41.25 41.52 8.42M
Coca-Cola KO 68.27 68.77 68.02 68.18 8.01M
Pepsico PEP 70.70 71.27 70.22 70.56 7.5M
Altria MO 27.38 27.63 27.20 27.31 7.07M
Visa V 80.00 80.18 79.70 79.91 5.37M
McDonald's MCD 80.59 80.91 80.38 80.74 5.22M
International Business Machines IBM 171.70 172.15 169.44 169.92 5.17M
Alphabet GOOGL 534.61 535.92 529.05 529.55 4.21M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 80.65 81.10 79.54 79.65 4.15M
Amazon AMZN 205.70 206.39 202.36 202.56 4.12M
Boeing BA 79.61 80.09 78.56 79.03 3.81M
United Technologies UTX 89.91 90.02 88.35 88.98 3.41M
Union Pacific UNP 102.48 102.99 99.98 100.46 3.14M
3M MMM 96.61 97.18 95.19 96.01 2.92M
Exchange Rates of May 13, 2011
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 80.790 JPY 1 JPY = 0.012 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 0.969 CAD 1 CAD = 1.032 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.892 CHF 1 CHF = 1.121 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.499 CNY 1 CNY = 0.154 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 113.900 JPY 1 JPY = 0.009 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.872 GBP 1 GBP = 1.147 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.334 AUD 1 AUD = 0.750 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.367 CAD 1 CAD = 0.731 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.260 CHF 1 CHF = 0.794 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 9.174 CNY 1 CNY = 0.109 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.764 GBP 1 GBP = 1.309 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.170 AUD 1 AUD = 0.855 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.199 CAD 1 CAD = 0.834 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.105 CHF 1 CHF = 0.905 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.532 AUD 1 AUD = 0.653 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.569 CAD 1 CAD = 0.637 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.446 CHF 1 CHF = 0.692 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 10.522 CNY 1 CNY = 0.095 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 1.024 CAD 1 CAD = 0.976 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.943 CHF 1 CHF = 1.060 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6.873 CNY 1 CNY = 0.145 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.921 CHF 1 CHF = 1.086 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6.709 CNY 1 CNY = 0.149 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 7.276 CNY 1 CNY = 0.137 CHF

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