Financial news on May 13th, 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

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
Cisco SystemsCSCO16.8616.9616.7816.8880.2M
MicrosoftMSFT25.2825.3224.9525.0366.8M
IntelINTC23.6623.8023.3623.4153.1M
General ElectricGE20.1220.1419.7619.8942.2M
PfizerPFE20.9520.9920.7820.9236.7M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM44.0644.1042.9843.1532.9M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC28.2828.4027.8527.9332.4M
Oracle Corp.ORCL35.7735.9235.1435.1920.4M
AT&T Inc.T31.6231.6631.1531.4117.7M
ExxonMobilXOM81.2981.7780.2280.8717.6M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT53.4354.2453.2453.4916.8M
HP Inc.HPQ40.8040.8640.2240.4114.1M
ComcastCMCSA25.4525.5224.9725.1313.7M
Procter & GamblePG66.6767.3166.5566.8612.6M
Gilead SciencesGILD41.3841.9241.0341.2011.9M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ67.0967.2565.9566.6211.7M
AppleAAPL345.66346.25340.35340.5011.6M
MerckMRK37.0337.3036.8537.0811.5M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH50.9151.4649.7649.9511.1M
General MotorsGM31.4631.5430.8531.0710.8M
ConocoPhillipsCOP71.6971.9970.6171.4310.8M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ37.5137.5136.9537.2610.4M
SchlumbergerSLB83.6884.2581.7282.7110.2M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY28.9428.9928.6928.819.65M
AmgenAMGN59.8661.0859.7560.479.4M
ChevronCVX103.45103.49101.27102.398.97M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT55.7756.0355.3455.728.95M
Home DepotHD37.3137.3636.7837.018.67M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS41.6141.8741.2541.528.42M
Coca-ColaKO68.2768.7768.0268.188.01M
PepsicoPEP70.7071.2770.2270.567.5M
AltriaMO27.3827.6327.2027.317.07M
VisaV80.0080.1879.7079.915.37M
McDonald'sMCD80.5980.9180.3880.745.22M
International Business MachinesIBM171.70172.15169.44169.925.17M
AlphabetGOOGL534.61535.92529.05529.554.21M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B80.6581.1079.5479.654.15M
AmazonAMZN205.70206.39202.36202.564.12M
BoeingBA79.6180.0978.5679.033.81M
United TechnologiesUTX89.9190.0288.3588.983.41M
Union PacificUNP102.48102.9999.98100.463.14M
3MMMM96.6197.1895.1996.012.92M
Exchange Rates of May 13th, 2011
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 80.790 JPY1 JPY = 0.012 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 0.969 CAD1 CAD = 1.032 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 0.892 CHF1 CHF = 1.121 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.499 CNY1 CNY = 0.154 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 113.900 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.872 GBP1 GBP = 1.147 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.334 AUD1 AUD = 0.750 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.367 CAD1 CAD = 0.731 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.260 CHF1 CHF = 0.794 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.174 CNY1 CNY = 0.109 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.764 GBP1 GBP = 1.309 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.170 AUD1 AUD = 0.855 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.199 CAD1 CAD = 0.834 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.105 CHF1 CHF = 0.905 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.532 AUD1 AUD = 0.653 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.569 CAD1 CAD = 0.637 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.446 CHF1 CHF = 0.692 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.522 CNY1 CNY = 0.095 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 1.024 CAD1 CAD = 0.976 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.943 CHF1 CHF = 1.060 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.873 CNY1 CNY = 0.145 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.921 CHF1 CHF = 1.086 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.709 CNY1 CNY = 0.149 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 7.276 CNY1 CNY = 0.137 CHF

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