Financial news on December 18th, 2008

Business and Financial news
A Keyboard for Gamers, Stripped Down to the Keys You Need (Joystick Included)

The Logitech G13 Gameboard has an LCD screen that connects to most games and can display game statistics, system information or even messages from your in-game friends. Read more..

By JOHN BIGGS - The New York Times

A Wireless Modem Comes Ready for WiMax

Sprint’s new U300 wireless modem offers Wi-Fi-like connection speeds without the need to be close to a base station. Read more..

By MARTY KATZ - The New York Times

Eating Healthy, Even at Your Desk

A new program by FreshDirect sends experts into offices to offer tips to employees who want to stay healthy while dining at the desk. Read more..

By DOUGLAS QUENQUA - The New York Times

Fed Cut Pressures Japan and China to Follow Suit

Analysts, however, were uncertain about the timing of the rate cuts, with many saying sometime next year. Read more..

By BETTINA WASSENER - The New York Times

Movie Power for a Long Haul

Is there a way to make my laptop battery last through an entire DVD during a long plane flight, or do I have to get an extended battery? Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

On Wall Street, Bonuses, Not Profits, Were Real

As regulators sift through the financial rubble, there are questions about the role of lavish bonuses in the debacle. Read more..

By LOUISE STORY - The New York Times

Software That Opens Worlds to the Disabled

In an effort to help disabled people expand their capabilities, a software-writing competition was organized in Southern California to foster innovative ideas. Read more..

By JAMES FLANIGAN - The New York Times

Updating Automatically

Is there a better way to get the latest software updates than opening each application, one by one, and clicking “check for updates?” Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

With Little Optimism for 2009, Morgan Stanley Posts $2 Billion Loss

The bank closed out one of its most wrenching fiscal years ever with a $2.36 billion quarterly loss and downbeat forecasts for the year ahead. Read more..

By LOUISE STORY - The New York Times

Yahoo Limits Retention of Search Data

Yahoo said it would limit to 90 days the time it holds personal information related to searches to address privacy concerns. Read more..

By MIGUEL HELFT - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE17.5417.5615.7715.96154M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC30.2631.4129.2129.6562.9M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM32.1632.5930.1230.2157.5M
Cisco SystemsCSCO16.8716.9116.4416.6652.4M
Oracle Corp.ORCL16.8316.9716.3416.6145.3M
AT&T Inc.T28.4028.8527.5027.7233.2M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY22.6023.4622.5322.8627.3M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT55.4656.2154.7855.4126.9M
Home DepotHD24.8025.0724.0524.4522.1M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ34.2334.3732.9433.3020.5M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT52.3553.1051.3051.9919.2M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ59.5560.2558.4958.9918.9M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS23.6723.9022.5022.8318.4M
HP Inc.HPQ36.6836.6834.6935.3718.2M
Procter & GamblePG61.0062.1759.5060.3117.2M
Gilead SciencesGILD47.6449.7747.5448.7810.3M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH24.1625.0823.6924.9110.1M
International Business MachinesIBM85.7786.6482.9684.008.03M
United TechnologiesUTX50.7851.7250.5350.817.94M
Union PacificUNP49.1449.9245.7546.596.72M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3315.003346.003190.003280.0026.3K
Exchange Rates of December 18th, 2008
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 89.410 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.203 CAD1 CAD = 0.832 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.083 CHF1 CHF = 0.923 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.835 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 127.410 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.949 GBP1 GBP = 1.054 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 2.074 AUD1 AUD = 0.482 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.714 CAD1 CAD = 0.583 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.544 CHF1 CHF = 0.648 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.730 CNY1 CNY = 0.103 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.744 GBP1 GBP = 1.343 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.628 AUD1 AUD = 0.614 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.346 CAD1 CAD = 0.743 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.211 CHF1 CHF = 0.826 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.186 AUD1 AUD = 0.458 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.806 CAD1 CAD = 0.554 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.626 CHF1 CHF = 0.615 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.256 CNY1 CNY = 0.098 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.826 CAD1 CAD = 1.211 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.744 CHF1 CHF = 1.345 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 4.683 CNY1 CNY = 0.214 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.900 CHF1 CHF = 1.111 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 5.673 CNY1 CNY = 0.176 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.310 CNY1 CNY = 0.158 CHF

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