Financial news on December 14, 2006

Business and Financial news
A Lone Warrior Takes Partners to Save the World

Designing for a hand-held console, Portable Ops’ creators have wisely streamlined the game. Read more..

By CHARLES HEROLD - The New York Times

I.B.M. and Universities Plan Collaboration

The initiative is evidence that U.S. companies and universities are searching for ways to be less hampered by legal wrangling about who holds the patents to research. Read more..

By STEVE LOHR - The New York Times

JetBlue Adding Some Legroom by Removing Seats From Airbus 320 Planes

JetBlue said it will remove a row of seats from all 96 of its Airbus 320 planes, giving the front 11 rows more legroom. Read more..

By JEFF BAILEY - The New York Times

Monster Worldwide Restates 9 Years of Earnings

The owner of the most used online job-listing service reduced past earnings by $271.9 million to correct stock-based compensation costs. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Recalculating the Costs of Global Climate Change

Exploring the implications of alternative assumptions is likely to lead to better policy than making a single blanket recommendation. Read more..

By HAL R. VARIAN - The New York Times

Ritchie Capital Said to Be Close to Selling Assets in Major Fund

Ritchie Capital Management is said to be close to an agreement to sell the assets in its flagship multi-strategy fund for about $1 billion. Read more..

By JENNY ANDERSON - The New York Times

S.E.C. Eases Regulations on Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued deregulatory orders and proposals intended to lower costs to public companies. Read more..

By STEPHEN LABATON - The New York Times

S.& P. 500 Climbs After Report of Strong Retail Sales

The S. & P.’s 500-stock index approached a six-year high as retailers rallied on the first sales increase since July. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

U.S. May File Charges Against BP Over Dealings in Gasoline Futures

BP said regulators were considering civil charges against it for trading activities in the gasoline futures market four years ago. Read more..

By JAD MOUAWAD - The New York Times

Vista Wins on Looks. As for Lacks ...

Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista, will soon be on sale to the public. But you may need a new computer to run it properly. Read more..

By DAVID POGUE - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Microsoft MSFT 29.54 30.08 29.52 30.07 85.9M
Intel INTC 20.73 21.14 20.41 20.77 49.5M
General Electric GE 35.49 36.33 35.36 36.21 43.2M
Cisco Systems CSCO 27.22 27.44 27.18 27.31 39.4M
Pfizer PFE 25.40 25.67 25.40 25.56 36.9M
Apple AAPL 89.05 90.00 88.26 88.55 29.7M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 18.07 18.25 17.94 18.02 27M
Home Depot HD 39.21 40.10 38.87 39.97 24.3M
ConocoPhillips COP 71.80 73.84 71.33 73.07 20.7M
AT&T Inc. T 35.55 35.79 35.43 35.66 19.1M
ExxonMobil XOM 77.60 79.00 77.25 78.73 18.7M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 46.29 46.61 45.91 46.52 18.4M
United Technologies UTX 62.80 63.31 61.80 62.06 17.1M
HP Inc. HPQ 39.67 39.96 39.49 39.91 14.8M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 35.42 35.68 35.30 35.57 14.1M
Verizon Communications VZ 35.88 36.28 35.80 36.09 10.6M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 47.61 48.04 47.30 47.95 10.1M
Schlumberger SLB 67.88 69.06 67.44 68.72 9.8M
Merck MRK 43.38 43.93 43.30 43.60 9.72M
Alphabet GOOGL 480.25 483.75 477.26 482.12 9.49M
Altria MO 84.27 85.20 84.18 84.97 9.46M
Comcast CMCSA 42.89 43.03 42.79 42.88 9.45M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 65.78 66.62 65.52 66.25 9.26M
Chevron CVX 74.72 76.20 74.45 75.97 9.23M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 34.50 34.74 34.38 34.72 8.71M
Amgen AMGN 70.03 70.67 69.92 70.05 8.27M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 48.12 48.39 48.00 48.10 8.13M
Coca-Cola KO 48.89 49.17 48.73 49.00 7.92M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 50.00 50.21 49.59 49.70 7.52M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 25.59 25.99 25.48 25.59 7.25M
Amazon AMZN 38.74 39.54 38.60 39.02 6.3M
Procter & Gamble PG 63.30 63.78 63.28 63.35 5.85M
Gilead Sciences GILD 63.97 64.95 63.12 63.35 5.48M
International Business Machines IBM 94.76 95.72 94.54 95.36 4.64M
McDonald's MCD 43.51 43.94 43.38 43.69 4.64M
Pepsico PEP 62.59 62.86 62.39 62.50 4.09M
Boeing BA 89.30 90.13 89.08 89.93 3.51M
3M MMM 79.40 79.45 78.50 78.77 3.22M
Union Pacific UNP 92.70 94.99 92.51 94.62 1.85M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3653.00 3678.00 3652.00 3675.00 26K
Exchange Rates of December 14, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 117.830 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.157 CAD 1 CAD = 0.864 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.215 CHF 1 CHF = 0.823 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 7.820 CNY 1 CNY = 0.128 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 154.880 JPY 1 JPY = 0.006 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.670 GBP 1 GBP = 1.492 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.679 AUD 1 AUD = 0.596 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.521 CAD 1 CAD = 0.657 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.597 CHF 1 CHF = 0.626 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.433 GBP 1 GBP = 2.312 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.083 AUD 1 AUD = 0.923 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.982 CAD 1 CAD = 1.019 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.031 CHF 1 CHF = 0.970 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.504 AUD 1 AUD = 0.399 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.269 CAD 1 CAD = 0.441 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2.381 CHF 1 CHF = 0.420 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.906 CAD 1 CAD = 1.104 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.950 CHF 1 CHF = 1.052 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 1.049 CHF 1 CHF = 0.953 CAD

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