Financial news on February 15th, 2007

Business and Financial news
A Health Care Plan So Simple, Even Stephen Colbert Couldn’t Simplify It

If the single-payer system embraced by virtually all other developed countries is clearly the best solution, why doesn’t the United States adopt it? Read more..

By ROBERT H. FRANK - The New York Times

A Push for Dollar Coins, Using Presidential Fervor

The Mint is encouraging Americans to drop the coins into cash registers, not just collectors' cases. Read more..

By MATTHEW HEALEY - The New York Times

Freedom for Prisoners of Voice Mail

If you’re tired of spending time and cellphone minutes listening to the voice-mail lady, try new tools that convert voice messages to text and deliver them by e-mail. Read more..

By DAVID POGUE - The New York Times

Printers With a Thrifty Eye Toward the Cost of Replacement Ink

Kodak is introducing a line of EasyShare all-in-one inkjet printers that aim to cut the cost of printing supplies up to 50 percent. Read more..

By THOMAS HOLCOMB - The New York Times

Ruling on Medical-Bill Ministry Upheld

A Kentucky trial judge yesterday refused to reconsider a decision exempting an unusual medical-bill ministry from compliance with state insurance laws. Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

State Farm Ends New Property Coverage in Mississippi

State Farm, the largest insurer in the state, is facing hundreds of lawsuits over claims from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Read more..

By JOSEPH B. TREASTER - The New York Times

Study Questions Prospects for Much Lower Emissions

Some in the utility industry are arguing that it will take decades of investments and innovation to get substantial reductions in their emissions of greenhouse gases. Read more..

By MATTHEW L. WALD - The New York Times

Times Company Forms Alliance With Job-Listing Web Site

The New York Times Company and Monster Worldwide, the operator of the popular job-listing site, will form an alliance involving the newspaper company’s Web sites. Read more..

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED - The New York Times

Updating Windows Defender

When I turn on my computer I receive a message that includes “Windows Defender Application failed to initialize.” What can I do to fix this error? Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

When Budgets Loom, It’s Time to Rent a C.F.O.

Nonprofits and private and public businesses of all sizes are turning to temporary finance chiefs. Read more..

By KRISTINA SHEVORY - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
Cisco SystemsCSCO27.5927.8127.4527.5636.5M
Oracle Corp.ORCL16.8416.9216.6816.9133.9M
General ElectricGE36.3736.4736.0636.1428.6M
AT&T Inc.T37.3137.3737.0337.2314.2M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM51.0551.4750.8951.2113.3M
HP Inc.HPQ42.7242.9842.5742.6812.6M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT47.8248.5447.8248.3611.3M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS34.7034.7334.1734.6711.2M
Home DepotHD41.5741.8541.3241.6610.8M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT52.5852.8952.0852.808.65M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH52.0054.1551.9853.618.39M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ38.5338.6838.3938.407.47M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ65.7565.9365.5965.797.35M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC36.2236.3635.9836.016.59M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY27.6827.8827.4727.775.95M
International Business MachinesIBM99.0699.5298.4898.925.57M
United TechnologiesUTX68.5169.3568.2668.935.4M
Procter & GamblePG64.8065.4064.8064.995.17M
Gilead SciencesGILD71.5272.2771.2972.193.65M
Union PacificUNP103.60104.09101.25102.243.16M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3605.003619.003552.003560.0026K
Exchange Rates of February 15th, 2007
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 119.250 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.163 CAD1 CAD = 0.860 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.234 CHF1 CHF = 0.810 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 7.756 CNY1 CNY = 0.129 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 156.710 JPY1 JPY = 0.006 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.673 GBP1 GBP = 1.485 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.675 AUD1 AUD = 0.597 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.528 CAD1 CAD = 0.655 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.622 CHF1 CHF = 0.616 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.430 GBP1 GBP = 2.328 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.068 AUD1 AUD = 0.936 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 0.975 CAD1 CAD = 1.026 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.035 CHF1 CHF = 0.966 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.487 AUD1 AUD = 0.402 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 2.269 CAD1 CAD = 0.441 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 2.408 CHF1 CHF = 0.415 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.912 CAD1 CAD = 1.097 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.968 CHF1 CHF = 1.033 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1.061 CHF1 CHF = 0.942 CAD

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