Financial news on April 15, 2009

Business and Financial news
Day of Worry on Wall Street; Shares End Lower

Stocks fell sharply as two disappointing economic reports outweighed good earnings reports from Goldman Sachs and Johnson & Johnson. Read more..

By JACK HEALY and DAVID JOLLY - The New York Times

Developers Struggle to Fill Manhattan Office Space

To attract prospective tenants to new or rehabbed buildings, landlords are tailoring their marketing efforts to today’s economic realities. Read more..

By TERRY PRISTIN - The New York Times

Harder-Edged Warnings About Britain’s Economy

Britain’s deteriorating public finances may require the government to seek International Monetary Fund aid. Read more..

By LANDON THOMAS Jr - The New York Times

Hospitals Merge Design and Building to Cut Costs

Using an architect and contractor from one company helps avoid turf battles and limits the scope and schedule of projects. Read more..

By ALISON GREGOR - The New York Times

Promising Test for Dendreon’s Prostate Cancer Drug

A prostate cancer drug developed by the biotechnology company Dendreon prolonged the lives of men in a decisive clinical trial, the company said. Read more..

By ANDREW POLLACK - The New York Times

U.S. Program Lends a Hand to Banks, Quietly

Some banks, including Goldman Sachs, are quietly holding on to a government subsidy that allows them to issue debt cheaply with the backing of the F.D.I.C. Read more..

By LOUISE STORY - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE11.4911.9511.1411.83120M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC17.9719.6317.6019.55119M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM30.6232.9730.2732.56108M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT43.4144.2141.8842.6655.7M
Cisco SystemsCSCO17.7518.0017.3417.5651.9M
Oracle Corp.ORCL18.6918.7418.1118.5928.4M
AT&T Inc.T25.3325.6725.2525.4526.9M
HP Inc.HPQ33.7934.9633.7734.8518.7M
Home DepotHD25.2225.7525.1025.6717.5M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH24.3425.8524.0825.1115.7M
Gilead SciencesGILD46.0446.2543.6544.5414.5M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ31.2031.7431.1831.6914.3M
Procter & GamblePG47.6848.8647.6548.7514.2M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT50.7651.4250.6251.2913M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS19.1219.8019.0419.7312.7M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ51.7952.0851.3551.7711.5M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY19.8020.3619.7620.3211.3M
Union PacificUNP46.6048.3345.8946.598.64M
International Business MachinesIBM98.2399.0696.4498.858.16M
United TechnologiesUTX45.4047.2045.3146.766.06M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B2982.003019.002961.002983.0014.7K
Exchange Rates of April 15, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 99.370 JPY1 JPY = 0.010 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.205 CAD1 CAD = 0.830 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.144 CHF1 CHF = 0.874 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.833 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 131.290 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.882 GBP1 GBP = 1.134 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.816 AUD1 AUD = 0.551 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.592 CAD1 CAD = 0.628 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.511 CHF1 CHF = 0.662 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.028 CNY1 CNY = 0.111 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.671 GBP1 GBP = 1.490 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.383 AUD1 AUD = 0.723 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.212 CAD1 CAD = 0.825 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.151 CHF1 CHF = 0.869 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.058 AUD1 AUD = 0.486 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.805 CAD1 CAD = 0.554 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.713 CHF1 CHF = 0.584 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.226 CNY1 CNY = 0.098 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.877 CAD1 CAD = 1.141 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.832 CHF1 CHF = 1.202 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 4.969 CNY1 CNY = 0.201 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.949 CHF1 CHF = 1.054 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 5.671 CNY1 CNY = 0.176 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 5.973 CNY1 CNY = 0.167 CHF

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