Financial news on September 14, 2006

Business and Financial news
Bad News: Gridlock Ahead. Now the Good: Here’s a Detour.

The Garmin Nüvi 660 is one of the first wide-screen navigation units that is also a traffic warning system and a source of entertainment. Read more..

By JOHN BIGGS - The New York Times

Free Your Inner Disney With a Video Editing Tool That Can Animate Your Home Movies

Aspiring animators on a budget may want to take a look at the latest version of Adobe’s video editing program, Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Interior Official Assails Agency for Ethics Slide

The agency’s inspector general accused officials of widespread ethical failures from cronyism to cover-ups of incompetence. Read more..

By EDMUND L. ANDREWS - The New York Times

It Protects Electronic Devices From Power Surges and Gives Dust Bunnies No Place to Hide

Belkin’s new Concealed Surge Protector combines function with form, and the ability to hide cables is just the start. Read more..

By STEPHEN C. MILLER - The New York Times

Mars Expands ‘Health’ Line With Milk Chocolate Bars

Mars Inc.’s new versions of CocoaVia, a line of “heart healthy” chocolate bars may be less healthy than the originals. Read more..

By ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO - The New York Times

Paulson Says China Hurts Itself With Economic Policies

Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said China’s currency exchange rate is being viewed as a symbol of unfair competition. Read more..

By STEVEN R. WEISMAN - The New York Times

Picking a Picture

As flat panel displays have grown, categories have blurred. So which television type is better: L.C.D. or plasma? Read more..

By SEÁN CAPTAIN - The New York Times

Preferring the End of a Leash to Being Chained to a Desk

When Pet Butler, a service that collects dog waste and disposes it for a fee, began selling franchises, there was no shortage of office workers willing to trade briefcases for pooper scoopers. Read more..

By MARYANN MOTT - The New York Times

Tiny Firm’s H.P. Link Scrutinized

California prosecutors are focusing on how a small private investigation firm in Boston ended up handling work for one of the largest technology companies in the world. Read more..

By MATT RICHTEL and DAMON DARLIN - The New York Times

U.S. Set to Propose Car Stability Systems

Under a new proposal, automakers would be required to include electronic stability control systems on all vehicles. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
MicrosoftMSFT25.9926.5025.9826.3374.3M
IntelINTC19.7519.8219.5019.7853.5M
Cisco SystemsCSCO22.5522.7822.5422.7040.4M
AppleAAPL73.7274.6773.4674.1728.6M
Oracle Corp.ORCL16.2816.4916.2016.4727.7M
AT&T Inc.T31.9232.3431.9032.2522M
ExxonMobilXOM65.2165.5364.4364.7121.2M
PfizerPFE28.0628.2327.8128.2020.7M
General ElectricGE34.5534.8634.5034.7820.5M
ConocoPhillipsCOP59.6459.9658.0058.4418.8M
Home DepotHD36.7737.3736.4137.2214.9M
SchlumbergerSLB56.7157.2554.9255.1011.8M
AlphabetGOOGL404.30406.28401.93403.9810.7M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY24.8524.9124.5424.6810.3M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT47.8448.4147.5848.3710.2M
HP Inc.HPQ36.0536.4936.0536.2510M
AltriaMO82.7483.2582.7083.049.84M
McDonald'sMCD37.6537.8337.0337.339.7M
Procter & GamblePG60.0060.9759.8360.778.96M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT48.9649.3248.7549.158.06M
ChevronCVX62.4662.7861.5062.058.01M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM46.4146.5646.1046.507.62M
ComcastCMCSA34.5234.7234.0634.377.54M
MerckMRK41.0841.3640.9041.037.5M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC35.4835.6935.2635.647.1M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ35.7935.9935.7435.987.1M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS30.2730.4130.0530.395.86M
AmgenAMGN69.1869.9368.7569.575.72M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ63.7563.8563.4263.735.39M
BoeingBA75.0575.6474.6575.015.23M
International Business MachinesIBM81.9083.0081.7482.474.27M
Coca-ColaKO44.4244.7544.4244.583.9M
AmazonAMZN31.5431.8731.1831.653.71M
PepsicoPEP64.6464.8764.5064.553.39M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH52.0552.2051.5051.813.34M
United TechnologiesUTX63.6063.8862.8363.003.31M
3MMMM73.4073.7773.2073.532.62M
Gilead SciencesGILD63.6163.9463.2263.492.14M
Union PacificUNP84.5085.6784.3685.181.94M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3220.003234.003215.003225.006.1K
Exchange Rates of September 14, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 117.540 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.118 CAD1 CAD = 0.895 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.252 CHF1 CHF = 0.799 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 7.946 CNY1 CNY = 0.126 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 149.610 JPY1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.675 GBP1 GBP = 1.483 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.685 AUD1 AUD = 0.594 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.421 CAD1 CAD = 0.704 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.593 CHF1 CHF = 0.628 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.451 GBP1 GBP = 2.219 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.126 AUD1 AUD = 0.888 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 0.949 CAD1 CAD = 1.054 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.064 CHF1 CHF = 0.940 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.498 AUD1 AUD = 0.400 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 2.106 CAD1 CAD = 0.475 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 2.360 CHF1 CHF = 0.424 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.843 CAD1 CAD = 1.187 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.945 CHF1 CHF = 1.059 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1.121 CHF1 CHF = 0.892 CAD

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