Financial news on March 17, 2011

Business and Financial news
A Grand Mansion Flaunts Its Parade of Weddings

Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Hillwood mansion and grounds is the site of an exhibit on Mrs. Post’s serial marriages, and those of her daughters. Read more..

By GERALDINE FABRIKANT - The New York Times

A Growing Use of Private Art in Public Spaces

The artistic and ethical issues raised by single-collector exhibitions are being overshadowed by their convenience and cost savings. Read more..

By JUDITH H. DOBRZYNSKI - The New York Times

Europeans Introduce Corporate Tax Plan

The European Commission, which made the proposal, estimated that it could save businesses more than $2 billion a year in compliance costs and tax benefits. Read more..

By STEPHEN CASTLE - The New York Times

Four to Follow

Several of the people who help lead some of the most innovative museum Web sites found their path serendipitously. Read more..

By CAROL VOGEL - The New York Times

Islamic Bonds Make a Comeback

Global issuance Islamic bonds, or sukuk, reached a record high of $51.2 billion in 2010, beating the previous peak, in 2007, by 34 percent. Read more..

By SARA HAMDAN - International Herald Tribune

Label Chief to Depart for ‘X Factor’

Antonio Reid, chief of the Island Def Jam Music Group, will mentor contestants on the new reality show, coming to American television in September. Read more..

By BEN SISARIOand BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Long Pause for Japanese Industry Raises Concerns About Supply Chain

Many companies outside Japan remain uncertain, or decline to say, whether supplies of crucial components from Japan will hit air pockets. Read more..

By DAVID JOLLY - The New York Times

Paper Admits to Plagiarism by Reporter

A longtime journalist acknowledged using material from The Arizona Republic without attribution. Read more..

By TANZINA VEGA - The New York Times

Social Media as Inspiration and Canvas

Mining Vimeo, YouTube and Flickr, artists and museums use social sites to provide a direct link to their audiences. Read more..

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
General Electric GE 19,27 19,63 19,06 19,22 83.6M
Cisco Systems CSCO 17,13 17,20 16,97 17,00 83.3M
Microsoft MSFT 25,06 25,22 24,75 24,78 62.5M
Intel INTC 20,02 20,06 19,80 19,90 59M
Pfizer PFE 19,53 19,94 19,48 19,88 59M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 31,62 31,70 30,63 31,36 50.6M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 44,46 44,61 43,40 44,56 46.7M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 30,69 31,05 30,34 30,55 31.5M
Verizon Communications VZ 34,73 35,34 34,60 35,33 31.2M
HP Inc. HPQ 40,73 41,83 40,72 41,43 26.6M
AT&T Inc. T 27,67 27,91 27,56 27,74 26.1M
Apple AAPL 336,83 339,61 330,66 334,64 23.6M
ExxonMobil XOM 80,38 81,50 80,23 81,16 21.9M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 47,19 47,30 46,75 47,26 18.8M
Comcast CMCSA 23,77 24,19 23,70 24,08 17.6M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 25,23 25,53 25,15 25,43 14.7M
ConocoPhillips COP 75,06 77,30 74,54 76,72 13.8M
Merck MRK 31,26 31,62 31,16 31,44 13.7M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 58,21 58,38 57,90 58,13 12.5M
Altria MO 24,57 24,77 24,40 24,44 11.9M
Schlumberger SLB 84,81 87,50 84,12 87,05 11.2M
General Motors GM 32,18 32,39 31,33 31,44 11M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 51,74 51,87 51,04 51,37 10.9M
Amgen AMGN 54,00 54,70 53,32 53,56 10.7M
Procter & Gamble PG 60,70 60,70 60,00 60,43 10.6M
Coca-Cola KO 62,43 62,79 61,91 62,28 10.1M
Chevron CVX 100,88 102,57 100,40 102,24 9.98M
Home Depot HD 36,07 36,13 35,51 35,76 9.73M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 41,19 41,20 40,48 40,76 9.38M
Gilead Sciences GILD 40,20 40,52 39,92 40,31 7.48M
International Business Machines IBM 154,00 154,50 152,70 154,18 7.38M
Pepsico PEP 62,91 63,26 62,56 63,08 6.75M
Amazon AMZN 165,91 166,30 160,78 160,97 6.47M
McDonald's MCD 74,13 74,19 73,12 73,40 6.13M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 42,40 42,73 41,91 42,27 5.85M
Alphabet GOOGL 564,48 569,00 560,54 561,36 5.79M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 82,21 83,05 81,61 82,73 5.42M
United Technologies UTX 79,38 79,90 79,00 79,49 4.54M
Boeing BA 68,58 69,03 67,85 68,30 4.41M
Union Pacific UNP 92,90 94,89 92,59 93,80 3.69M
3M MMM 88,59 88,97 88,05 88,69 3.58M
Visa V 71,59 72,00 71,13 71,43 3.45M
Exchange Rates of March 17, 2011
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 79,100 JPY 1 JPY = 0,013 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 0,985 CAD 1 CAD = 1,015 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0,898 CHF 1 CHF = 1,113 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6,574 CNY 1 CNY = 0,152 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 110,840 JPY 1 JPY = 0,009 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0,868 GBP 1 GBP = 1,152 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,428 AUD 1 AUD = 0,700 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,381 CAD 1 CAD = 0,724 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1,259 CHF 1 CHF = 0,794 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 9,218 CNY 1 CNY = 0,108 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0,783 GBP 1 GBP = 1,278 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,287 AUD 1 AUD = 0,777 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,245 CAD 1 CAD = 0,803 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1,136 CHF 1 CHF = 0,881 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,645 AUD 1 AUD = 0,608 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,591 CAD 1 CAD = 0,629 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1,450 CHF 1 CHF = 0,690 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 10,614 CNY 1 CNY = 0,094 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0,967 CAD 1 CAD = 1,034 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0,881 CHF 1 CHF = 1,135 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6,458 CNY 1 CNY = 0,155 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0,911 CHF 1 CHF = 1,097 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6,676 CNY 1 CNY = 0,150 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 7,315 CNY 1 CNY = 0,137 CHF

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