Financial news on December 15, 2014

Business and Financial news
BGC Partners to Buy British Assets of Broker RP Martin

BGC Partners said it also expected to acquire other assets and businesses of RP Martin, which was fined in the investigation into the manipulation of Libor. Read more..

By CHAD BRAY - The New York Times

Elliott and Jana, Activist Investors, Are Behind 2 Big Buyouts

The $3.6 billion sale of Riverbed Technology and the $8.7 billion sale of PetSmart are just the latest sales of companies under pressure from the hedge funds Elliott or Jana. A list of some of the others. Read more..

By WILLIAM ALDEN - The New York Times

Euro Minister’s Trip to Athens, the Fed’s Policy Statement, and a $392 Billion Plan

Europe’s economic affairs commissioner is to visit Athens, the Federal Reserve will hold its final meeting of the year, and European leaders will gather in Brussels for a summit. Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

No Easy Chore

The return of Joel D. Lafargue, after a long break. Read more..

By DEB AMLEN - The New York Times

S.E.C. Seeks to Dismiss Insider Trading Lawsuit Involving Herbalife Shares

The Securities and Exchange Commission said it would not be able to proceed with the lawsuit because the two main witnesses it intended to call to testify are in Poland and had no plans to return to the United States. Read more..

By MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN - The New York Times

Technip of France Drops Pursuit of Oil Services Firm CGG

Last month, Technip had offered to acquire the smaller company for about $1.82 billion. CGG rejected the approach, saying at the time that the conditions to pursue a merger “were not met.” Read more..

By CHAD BRAY - The New York Times

The Consistency of Inconsistency, and How to Adapt Your Financial Goals

Getting comfortable with uncertainty can help us deal with change when it inevitably happens, a financial planner writes. Read more..

By CARL RICHARDS - The New York Times

Updating I.P.O.s for the Candy Crush Era

An app produced by Goldman Sachs enables executives of companies going public to track results of roadshow book-building in real time, Jeffrey Goldfarb of Reuters Breakingviews notes. Read more..

By JEFFREY GOLDFARB - The New York Times

Why We Don't Offer Black Friday Discounts

Instead of putting stuff on sale, we came up with an exclusive, limited-edition collection of products — at their regular prices. Read more..

By LAURA ZANDER - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Apple AAPL 110.70 111.60 106.35 108.23 67.2M
General Electric GE 25.02 25.03 24.41 24.59 63.6M
Pfizer PFE 31.13 31.15 30.69 30.86 31.7M
Intel INTC 36.39 36.78 35.90 35.92 30.6M
AT&T Inc. T 32.32 32.44 32.07 32.25 30M
Facebook FB 78.46 78.58 76.56 76.99 29.4M
Microsoft MSFT 47.20 47.67 46.55 46.67 29.2M
Cisco Systems CSCO 26.89 27.17 26.48 26.68 27.5M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 54.01 54.41 53.16 53.19 24.9M
Coca-Cola KO 41.13 41.18 40.56 40.57 23.4M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 41.21 41.65 40.77 41.11 22.3M
Verizon Communications VZ 46.06 46.06 45.09 45.42 21.7M
ExxonMobil XOM 87.53 88.60 86.50 86.90 21.4M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 60.74 60.81 58.79 59.16 19.2M
Gilead Sciences GILD 105.24 105.94 102.37 103.16 16.2M
General Motors GM 31.70 31.77 30.98 31.00 16.1M
Chevron CVX 103.13 103.91 100.42 100.86 13.1M
Comcast CMCSA 55.68 55.75 54.83 54.94 12.9M
HP Inc. HPQ 38.05 38.24 37.41 37.61 12.4M
Merck MRK 57.82 58.06 56.80 56.95 12.2M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 104.77 105.06 103.63 103.96 12.1M
Schlumberger SLB 80.24 81.83 79.84 79.90 11.2M
McDonald's MCD 90.96 91.10 88.25 88.46 10.1M
ConocoPhillips COP 63.28 63.50 61.50 61.69 9.82M
Altria MO 49.85 50.12 49.15 49.51 8.12M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 58.85 59.07 57.61 58.55 6.94M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 92.03 92.69 90.19 90.90 6.75M
Procter & Gamble PG 89.70 90.60 89.03 89.20 6.51M
International Business Machines IBM 155.93 156.74 152.84 153.06 6.5M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 84.26 84.70 83.05 83.94 6.32M
Boeing BA 121.40 122.88 120.60 122.08 6.24M
Home Depot HD 100.01 101.24 99.29 100.05 5.49M
Union Pacific UNP 113.15 114.52 111.67 112.34 5.4M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 44.16 44.36 43.35 43.46 4.99M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 147.97 148.42 144.75 146.12 4.73M
United Technologies UTX 112.66 113.45 111.62 111.91 4.61M
Pepsico PEP 95.13 95.72 93.86 94.14 4.56M
Amgen AMGN 164.77 164.99 159.40 159.60 4.43M
Amazon AMZN 308.87 310.86 302.15 306.07 3.84M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 98.80 99.75 97.41 98.27 3.65M
Visa V 258.17 258.85 253.09 256.70 3.21M
Alphabet GOOGL 523.76 525.37 515.40 515.84 2.62M
3M MMM 158.12 158.44 155.59 156.85 2.61M
Exchange Rates of December 15, 2014
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Euro 1 USD = 0.804 EUR 1 EUR = 1.245 USD
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 117.831 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 USD
US Dollar Pound Sterling 1 USD = 0.639 GBP 1 GBP = 1.565 USD
US Dollar Australian Dollar 1 USD = 1.218 AUD 1 AUD = 0.821 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.166 CAD 1 CAD = 0.858 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.965 CHF 1 CHF = 1.036 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.191 CNY 1 CNY = 0.162 USD
US Dollar Mexican Peso 1 USD = 14.700 MXN 1 MXN = 0.068 USD
US Dollar Swidish Krona 1 USD = 7.632 SEK 1 SEK = 0.131 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 146.647 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.795 GBP 1 GBP = 1.257 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.516 AUD 1 AUD = 0.660 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.451 CAD 1 CAD = 0.689 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.201 CHF 1 CHF = 0.833 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 7.701 CNY 1 CNY = 0.130 EUR
Euro Mexican Peso 1 EUR = 18.291 MXN 1 MXN = 0.055 EUR
Euro Swidish Krona 1 EUR = 9.496 SEK 1 SEK = 0.105 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.005 GBP 1 GBP = 185.185 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.010 AUD 1 AUD = 97.087 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.010 CAD 1 CAD = 101.010 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 0.008 CHF 1 CHF = 121.951 JPY
Japanese Yen Chinese Yuan 1 JPY = 0.053 CNY 1 CNY = 19.048 JPY
Japanese Yen Mexican Peso 1 JPY = 0.125 MXN 1 MXN = 8.013 JPY
Japanese Yen Swidish Krona 1 JPY = 0.065 SEK 1 SEK = 15.432 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.905 AUD 1 AUD = 0.525 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.823 CAD 1 CAD = 0.548 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.509 CHF 1 CHF = 0.663 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9.683 CNY 1 CNY = 0.103 GBP
Pound Sterling Mexican Peso 1 GBP = 22.993 MXN 1 MXN = 0.043 GBP
Pound Sterling Swidish Krona 1 GBP = 11.937 SEK 1 SEK = 0.084 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.957 CAD 1 CAD = 1.045 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.792 CHF 1 CHF = 1.262 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 5.083 CNY 1 CNY = 0.197 AUD
Australian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 AUD = 12.068 MXN 1 MXN = 0.083 AUD
Australian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 AUD = 6.261 SEK 1 SEK = 0.160 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.827 CHF 1 CHF = 1.209 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 5.309 CNY 1 CNY = 0.188 CAD
Canadian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 CAD = 12.604 MXN 1 MXN = 0.079 CAD
Canadian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 CAD = 6.536 SEK 1 SEK = 0.153 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.412 CNY 1 CNY = 0.156 CHF
Swiss Franc Mexican Peso 1 CHF = 15.230 MXN 1 MXN = 0.066 CHF
Swiss Franc Swidish Krona 1 CHF = 7.902 SEK 1 SEK = 0.127 CHF
Chinese Yuan Swidish Krona 1 CNY = 1.233 SEK 1 SEK = 0.811 CNY

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