Financial news on August 18, 2009

Business and Financial news
Keeping Good Employees When You Can’t Pay Them More

Respect, training and communication are important retention tools, especially when cash for raises is in short supply. Read more..

By PAUL B. BROWN - The New York Times

Pessimism Still Grips Wall Street

Analysts said the sell-off was in part a reaction to weak consumer confidence numbers released in the U.S. Read more..

By GERRY SHIH - The New York Times

Sony Relies on Humor to Counter a Grim Mood

A campaign including Peyton Manning and Justin Timberlake seeks to emphasize Sony as a premium electronics brand. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE13.5413.6513.4513.5960.1M
IntelINTC18.5018.8718.4618.7742.5M
MicrosoftMSFT23.2923.6523.2723.5838.9M
PfizerPFE15.8816.0415.8015.9836.7M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC26.5426.7526.2126.3436.7M
Home DepotHD26.9527.3026.5726.9335.4M
Cisco SystemsCSCO20.8221.1520.7921.0133.3M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM41.1041.8841.0641.7029.1M
HP Inc.HPQ43.3244.1142.9743.9624.6M
ComcastCMCSA14.5114.6114.3014.3422M
ExxonMobilXOM66.7066.8166.2666.4921.5M
AT&T Inc.T25.1125.2324.9725.1017M
Oracle Corp.ORCL21.4521.9621.3121.5816.1M
AppleAAPL161.63164.24161.41164.0015.4M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT44.8044.8144.1344.3314.9M
MerckMRK30.8730.8730.3030.7112.3M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT51.6451.8551.2451.3612.3M
AltriaMO17.5117.7217.4517.6410.8M
McDonald'sMCD54.5755.2754.4355.2610.3M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ30.3130.3830.0130.2810.3M
PepsicoPEP56.2256.7655.9256.249.73M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS25.2325.2824.9525.209.7M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY21.7321.7721.5021.779.57M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ59.9559.9559.5059.808.8M
Procter & GamblePG52.4052.6652.0852.458.34M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH28.3828.4827.8028.188.27M
ChevronCVX66.5667.0966.5066.947.87M
Coca-ColaKO48.7548.9548.4848.617.76M
SchlumbergerSLB51.4852.3051.0052.036.75M
AmgenAMGN59.9560.3159.2359.766.33M
Gilead SciencesGILD44.6244.6544.0344.326.13M
AmazonAMZN81.4182.6980.7982.125.88M
BoeingBA44.0044.5343.6943.785.44M
AlphabetGOOGL445.10447.70442.32445.284.7M
International Business MachinesIBM116.81118.00116.73117.634.29M
VisaV66.6567.3466.5567.014.27M
United TechnologiesUTX56.1356.1356.1356.133.84M
3MMMM70.3970.5969.9070.353.42M
Union PacificUNP59.1660.0058.9259.552.33M
ConocoPhillipsCOP42.2342.8142.2042.591.91M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3241.003281.003233.003275.0019.2K
Exchange Rates of August 18, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 94.720 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.101 CAD1 CAD = 0.908 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.076 CHF1 CHF = 0.930 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.835 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 133.850 JPY1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.853 GBP1 GBP = 1.172 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.710 AUD1 AUD = 0.585 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.556 CAD1 CAD = 0.643 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.520 CHF1 CHF = 0.658 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.637 GBP1 GBP = 1.569 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.277 AUD1 AUD = 0.783 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.162 CAD1 CAD = 0.860 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.136 CHF1 CHF = 0.881 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.004 AUD1 AUD = 0.499 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.824 CAD1 CAD = 0.548 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.781 CHF1 CHF = 0.561 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.910 CAD1 CAD = 1.099 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.889 CHF1 CHF = 1.125 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 5.647 CNY1 CNY = 0.177 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.976 CHF1 CHF = 1.024 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.202 CNY1 CNY = 0.161 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.350 CNY1 CNY = 0.157 CHF

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