Financial news on February 18, 2009

Business and Financial news
Bank Asks Offshore Clients to Sign Tax Forms

Credit Suisse is asking American clients with offshore accounts to sign tax forms that may partly lift the veil of secrecy on those accounts, in a move to avoid a standoff with federal authorities. Read more..

By LYNNLEY BROWNING - The New York Times

Currency Issues Weigh on Eastern Europe

Eastern European countries that have not adopted the euro are struggling with sharp swings. Read more..

By JUDY DEMPSEY - The New York Times

Dueling Software Is the Focus of Attention at a Mobile Phone Show

The focus has shifted from devices to mobile operating systems, shaking up a market that had been dominated by Nokia. Read more..

By KEVIN J. O'BRIEN - The New York Times

Facebook Withdraws Changes in Data Use

After a wave of protests, Facebook said it would withdraw changes to its terms of service concerning the data supplied by users. Read more..

By BRAD STONE and BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Lawsuit Says Google Was Unfair to Rival Site

A small search engine accused Google of raising its ad rates after it realized the company was a potential competitor. Read more..

By MIGUEL HELFT - The New York Times

Sirius XM Wins a Critical Loan From Liberty Media

Sirius XM’s infusion from Liberty Media means the satellite radio company can operate without fear of imminent bankruptcy. Read more..

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED - The New York Times

Trump Casino Unit Files Chapter 11

Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy protection before its bondholders could present a petition to do so. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Wal-Mart Profit Tops Expectations

The retailing giant said that its results were helped by strong sales at its discount stores in the United States. Read more..

By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 14,34 14,40 12,06 13,05 191M
General Electric GE 11,09 11,15 10,68 10,86 95.3M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 22,23 22,30 21,00 21,51 82.9M
Microsoft MSFT 18,23 18,45 18,00 18,12 54.9M
Intel INTC 13,31 13,70 13,09 13,36 51.3M
Pfizer PFE 14,11 14,40 14,06 14,16 48.4M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 48,94 50,00 48,52 50,00 47.4M
Comcast CMCSA 12,98 12,99 11,95 12,36 44.5M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 17,07 17,51 17,00 17,24 41.3M
Cisco Systems CSCO 15,45 15,73 15,15 15,37 40.6M
ExxonMobil XOM 71,51 72,58 71,27 71,94 34.3M
HP Inc. HPQ 34,61 34,97 33,53 34,08 28.7M
AT&T Inc. T 23,35 23,40 22,75 22,96 28.5M
Apple AAPL 95,03 95,85 92,72 94,37 24.5M
Home Depot HD 20,25 20,26 19,43 19,80 23.4M
ConocoPhillips COP 43,26 43,55 41,89 42,27 20.8M
Verizon Communications VZ 28,45 28,50 27,67 28,07 19.6M
Altria MO 15,63 15,75 15,41 15,53 19.2M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 17,95 18,01 17,53 17,63 18.7M
Procter & Gamble PG 49,84 51,17 49,75 50,95 16.8M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 55,70 56,26 55,42 55,83 15.5M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 21,34 21,40 20,69 20,92 14.5M
Merck MRK 28,73 28,80 28,00 28,64 14.4M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 54,16 54,46 53,64 54,20 13.1M
Chevron CVX 66,49 67,20 65,60 66,12 12.6M
Alphabet GOOGL 347,04 353,38 340,52 353,11 12M
Schlumberger SLB 38,64 38,96 37,42 38,20 11.3M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 28,44 28,44 27,80 28,33 11M
McDonald's MCD 56,00 56,56 55,55 56,41 9.49M
Visa V 54,57 56,89 54,25 56,15 9.08M
Coca-Cola KO 42,78 43,04 42,25 42,68 9.05M
Amgen AMGN 56,43 57,75 56,30 57,39 8.63M
International Business Machines IBM 91,17 92,25 90,44 91,51 8.49M
Gilead Sciences GILD 48,90 49,86 48,38 49,59 8.34M
Amazon AMZN 62,27 62,78 60,52 62,35 7.37M
United Technologies UTX 45,75 45,90 44,52 44,85 6.36M
Boeing BA 38,77 38,77 37,76 37,98 6.32M
Pepsico PEP 52,27 52,27 51,13 51,53 6.15M
Union Pacific UNP 40,81 41,74 40,31 40,96 5.21M
3M MMM 47,37 47,58 46,61 47,14 4.96M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 2770,00 2770,00 2590,00 2615,00 75.4K
Exchange Rates of February 18, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 93,760 JPY 1 JPY = 0,011 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1,261 CAD 1 CAD = 0,793 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1,178 CHF 1 CHF = 0,849 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6,839 CNY 1 CNY = 0,146 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 117,500 JPY 1 JPY = 0,009 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0,882 GBP 1 GBP = 1,134 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,966 AUD 1 AUD = 0,509 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,580 CAD 1 CAD = 0,633 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1,476 CHF 1 CHF = 0,677 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 8,571 CNY 1 CNY = 0,117 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0,750 GBP 1 GBP = 1,334 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,673 AUD 1 AUD = 0,598 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,344 CAD 1 CAD = 0,744 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1,256 CHF 1 CHF = 0,796 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2,230 AUD 1 AUD = 0,448 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,791 CAD 1 CAD = 0,558 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1,674 CHF 1 CHF = 0,597 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9,710 CNY 1 CNY = 0,103 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0,803 CAD 1 CAD = 1,245 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0,751 CHF 1 CHF = 1,332 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 4,355 CNY 1 CNY = 0,230 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0,934 CHF 1 CHF = 1,071 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 5,420 CNY 1 CNY = 0,184 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 5,805 CNY 1 CNY = 0,172 CHF

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