Financial news on March 15, 2010

Business and Financial news
A Book Attacking Capitalism Gets Sales Help From a Fox Host

Sales of “The Coming Insurrection,” which first appeared in France in 2005, surged after Glenn Beck talked about it on his Fox TV show. Read more..

By NOAM COHEN - The New York Times

A.I.G. May Cut Bonuses by About 30%

Officials at A.I.G. are hoping to quell a controversy over bonuses that has plagued the insurer ever since taxpayers came to its aid in 2008. Read more..

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH - The New York Times

A Plan in Britain to Block Sites Offering Pirated Music

Supporters of a proposal say it would give copyright holders the tools to tackle piracy at the supply and demand levels. Read more..

By ERIC PFANNER - The New York Times

Duplicating Federal Videos for an Online Archive

The International Amateur Scanning League has taken it upon itself to copy as much federal video as it can and put it online. Read more..

By BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Most Online News Readers Use 5 Sites or Fewer, Study Says

Only 35 percent have a favorite site and 21 percent rely primarily on a single source, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

Skype Is Poised for a Big Initial Stock Offering

The company may be worth twice the $2.75 billion it was valued at when eBay sold it last year. Read more..

By ROBERT CYRAN, ROB COX and RICHARD BEALES - The New York Times

Taking a Risk With Nuclear Technology

This may be a risky time to sell more nuclear technology to the developing world, yet furthering nuclear exports is what several governments are seeking for their industries. Read more..

By JAMES KANTER - International Herald Tribune

Telling Friends Where You Are (or Not)

Giving people more choices in revealing their locations with their cellphones is being popularized by the Foursquare service. Read more..

By JENNA WORTHAM - The New York Times

The Verb Treatment for an Investment House

An ad campaign will turn the Vanguard brand name into a verb, the better to help potential customers remember the company’s investment products. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

With Financial Reform Bill, a Test for Congress

Senate Democrats are ready to introduce legislation meant to overhaul the nation’s financial system while trying to overcome partisanship. Read more..

By SEWELL CHAN - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE17.0217.3516.9417.29118M
PfizerPFE17.0317.2816.9917.2643.9M
MicrosoftMSFT29.1829.3729.0129.2937.5M
Cisco SystemsCSCO25.7626.0925.7426.0836.8M
IntelINTC21.1621.3221.0521.1734.4M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM42.9243.2142.6043.0729.1M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC29.4829.8929.2629.8926.9M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT54.3955.5454.3555.4224.4M
ExxonMobilXOM66.6766.6965.9066.3022.1M
Oracle Corp.ORCL24.9225.3824.8825.2822M
AT&T Inc.T25.6825.8025.5625.7820.3M
AppleAAPL225.38225.50220.25223.8417.6M
MerckMRK37.0437.8037.0037.7517.4M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT54.4154.8054.1254.8015.4M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH32.7832.7831.9332.5313.5M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ29.7029.8629.6029.8613.4M
AltriaMO20.2620.4020.1120.3713M
ConocoPhillipsCOP51.4352.0851.1651.6512.8M
ComcastCMCSA17.5317.5617.3217.5312.6M
Home DepotHD32.4932.7132.2832.6912M
Coca-ColaKO53.7353.8453.3753.6511.9M
PepsicoPEP65.6966.2665.4066.1510.5M
HP Inc.HPQ52.1652.4351.9152.4210.3M
SchlumbergerSLB64.1064.6763.3064.3110.1M
AlphabetGOOGL566.68569.45556.00563.189.3M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY25.7525.9525.6725.959.24M
ChevronCVX73.5173.6372.8573.578.81M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS33.5233.7533.3633.728.24M
BoeingBA69.3769.7768.5269.407.71M
Procter & GamblePG63.1963.7063.1963.707.67M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ64.1464.5764.0764.577.44M
AmgenAMGN57.2757.7556.5356.897.05M
AmazonAMZN131.70132.00128.63131.136.33M
Gilead SciencesGILD47.4747.7447.1947.526.23M
McDonald'sMCD65.7066.1965.6965.935.72M
United TechnologiesUTX71.5172.1171.3271.845.46M
VisaV92.8793.1591.1292.415.18M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B82.2282.5081.8282.174.74M
International Business MachinesIBM127.40128.34127.28127.834.5M
Union PacificUNP72.8073.1872.2572.913.97M
3MMMM81.1681.6680.7881.262.62M
Exchange Rates of March 15, 2010
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 90.490 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.019 CAD1 CAD = 0.982 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.062 CHF1 CHF = 0.942 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.827 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 123.740 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.908 GBP1 GBP = 1.101 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.496 AUD1 AUD = 0.668 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.393 CAD1 CAD = 0.718 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.452 CHF1 CHF = 0.689 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.333 CNY1 CNY = 0.107 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.734 GBP1 GBP = 1.363 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.208 AUD1 AUD = 0.828 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.126 CAD1 CAD = 0.888 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.173 CHF1 CHF = 0.852 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.646 AUD1 AUD = 0.607 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.533 CAD1 CAD = 0.652 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.598 CHF1 CHF = 0.626 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.264 CNY1 CNY = 0.097 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.931 CAD1 CAD = 1.074 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.970 CHF1 CHF = 1.031 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.241 CNY1 CNY = 0.160 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1.041 CHF1 CHF = 0.960 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.698 CNY1 CNY = 0.149 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.426 CNY1 CNY = 0.156 CHF

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