Financial news on January 15, 2010

Business and Financial news
A Call for More Regulation at Fiscal Crisis Inquiry

The F.B.I. is working on more than 2,800 mortgage fraud investigations, the attorney general told the panel that is examining the financial crisis. Read more..

By SEWELL CHAN - The New York Times

A Window Opens on Pay for Bosses

It looks like disclosure rules that take effect with this year’s proxies from big companies will provide the most accurate view ever. Read more..

By FLOYD NORRIS - The New York Times

Bank Chief Says Greece Gets No Special Treatment

Greece presented a three-year plan to reduce its deficit to 3 percent of gross domestic product, from 12.9 percent in 2009. Read more..

By JACK EWING - The New York Times

Burst of Mobile Giving Adds Millions in Relief Funds

Americans are using their cellphones and social media like Facebook to make a donation to the Haiti relief effort. Read more..

By JENNA WORTHAM - The New York Times

France, Grudgingly, Imagines Google as a Partner on Digital Media Projects

The French government is offering support to Google’s book digitization program in exchange for a tax to support the music industry. Read more..

By ERIC PFANNER - International Herald Tribune

France, Grudgingly, Imagines Google as a Partner on Digital Media Projects

The country’s government, which wants to develop an extensive digital library, has resisted the American search giant’s growing reach. Read more..

By ERIC PFANNER - The New York Times

In a Surprise, Retail Sales Fell in December

Retail sales declined 0.3 percent in December; economists had forecast a 0.5 percent increase. Jobless filings rose last week. Read more..

By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ - The New York Times

Lawsuit Challenges Marketing of Stents

A former regional sales director for Guidant says in the lawsuit that he was trained to market the devices to doctors for off-label uses. Read more..

By BARRY MEIER - The New York Times

Planned U.S. Tax Might Hurt Europe’s Banks Less

A proposed tax on banks that do business in the United States would hurt foreign banks, but less than domestic institutions. Read more..

By GEORGE HAY, MARGARET DOYLE and JAMES PETHOKOUKIS - The New York Times

Taxing Banks for the Bailout

President Obama said he wanted the tax on big financial institutions to “recover every single dime” for taxpayers. Read more..

By JACKIE CALMES - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Intel INTC 21.39 21.40 20.77 20.80 198M
Microsoft MSFT 31.08 31.24 30.71 30.86 79.9M
Pfizer PFE 19.43 19.68 19.26 19.49 76.6M
General Electric GE 16.68 16.75 16.35 16.44 74.1M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 44.30 44.43 43.34 43.68 69.7M
AT&T Inc. T 26.25 26.27 25.65 25.79 64M
Cisco Systems CSCO 25.00 25.10 24.30 24.40 51.6M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 28.82 28.90 27.88 28.08 47.3M
Verizon Communications VZ 31.20 31.32 30.45 30.58 46.6M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 25.47 25.64 24.99 25.24 42.3M
ExxonMobil XOM 69.65 69.69 68.65 69.11 29.4M
Home Depot HD 28.31 28.69 28.00 28.57 23M
Comcast CMCSA 16.74 16.82 16.39 16.63 21.6M
Apple AAPL 210.93 211.60 205.87 205.93 21.2M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 65.14 65.20 63.98 64.56 21M
Merck MRK 39.98 40.27 39.01 39.47 20.9M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 33.54 33.99 33.10 33.75 19.4M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 54.34 54.55 53.60 53.68 19.1M
Altria MO 20.44 20.64 20.31 20.42 16.2M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 55.36 55.57 55.16 55.49 16.1M
Procter & Gamble PG 61.60 61.86 60.44 60.82 15.8M
Amazon AMZN 129.18 129.65 127.06 127.14 15.4M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 31.01 31.15 30.41 30.60 13.9M
Coca-Cola KO 56.95 57.35 56.04 56.29 13.7M
Chevron CVX 79.54 79.69 78.28 79.23 13.5M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 25.05 25.18 24.90 25.07 13.4M
HP Inc. HPQ 52.59 52.85 52.06 52.47 13.4M
Schlumberger SLB 71.22 71.97 70.14 70.83 12.6M
ConocoPhillips COP 52.83 53.06 52.46 53.02 11.6M
Alphabet GOOGL 591.59 593.56 578.04 580.00 10.9M
Gilead Sciences GILD 45.27 45.99 44.78 45.52 9.53M
McDonald's MCD 62.67 62.98 62.05 62.28 9.43M
International Business Machines IBM 132.03 132.89 131.09 131.78 8.49M
Pepsico PEP 62.61 62.91 61.82 62.29 8.36M
Amgen AMGN 56.03 56.51 55.65 56.25 7.24M
United Technologies UTX 72.83 72.93 71.68 71.99 5.34M
Visa V 87.48 87.54 85.92 86.14 5.32M
Boeing BA 61.53 61.56 60.21 60.82 5.07M
Union Pacific UNP 66.28 66.39 65.09 65.57 4.34M
3M MMM 83.52 84.09 82.87 83.37 3.96M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3315.00 3315.00 3236.00 3247.00 51.4K
Exchange Rates of January 15, 2010
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 90.780 JPY 1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.029 CAD 1 CAD = 0.972 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.026 CHF 1 CHF = 0.975 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.827 CNY 1 CNY = 0.146 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 130.590 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.884 GBP 1 GBP = 1.131 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.558 AUD 1 AUD = 0.642 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.480 CAD 1 CAD = 0.676 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.476 CHF 1 CHF = 0.677 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 9.820 CNY 1 CNY = 0.102 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.677 GBP 1 GBP = 1.478 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.192 AUD 1 AUD = 0.839 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.133 CAD 1 CAD = 0.883 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.130 CHF 1 CHF = 0.885 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.762 AUD 1 AUD = 0.568 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.673 CAD 1 CAD = 0.598 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.669 CHF 1 CHF = 0.599 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 11.091 CNY 1 CNY = 0.090 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.949 CAD 1 CAD = 1.053 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.947 CHF 1 CHF = 1.056 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6.301 CNY 1 CNY = 0.159 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.997 CHF 1 CHF = 1.003 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6.633 CNY 1 CNY = 0.151 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.652 CNY 1 CNY = 0.150 CHF

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