Financial news on January 18, 2008

Business and Financial news
Australia: Job Growth Stirs Inflation Concern

Australian employment rose for a 14th month in December, adding to the longest hiring boom in almost three decades. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Brazil: Sale of Iron Ore Projects Is Weighed

The British mining company Anglo American is in exclusive negotiations to pay $5.5 billion for control of iron ore projects owned by a Brazilian mining concern. Read more..

By AP - The New York Times

McDonald’s Ending Promotion on Jackets of Children’s Report Cards

McDonald’s has decided to stop sponsoring Happy Meals as rewards for children with good grades and attendance records in elementary schools in Seminole County, Fla. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

State Revises Hormone Label for Milk

Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Department has backed off its plan to ban milk-container labels stating that the milk comes from cows not treated with bovine growth hormone. Read more..

By ANDREW MARTIN - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Intel INTC 19.39 19.65 18.95 19.00 144M
Microsoft MSFT 33.16 34.00 32.97 33.01 117M
Cisco Systems CSCO 24.23 25.15 24.06 24.30 93.4M
General Electric GE 33.92 34.98 33.80 34.31 92.3M
Apple AAPL 161.71 165.75 159.61 161.36 61.6M
Schlumberger SLB 78.37 80.25 72.30 79.52 57.3M
Pfizer PFE 22.82 23.03 22.46 22.50 54M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 40.17 40.67 38.52 39.59 51.9M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 21.35 21.83 21.17 21.58 51.5M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 26.60 26.99 25.02 25.48 49.8M
AT&T Inc. T 37.30 37.80 35.41 36.11 48.6M
ExxonMobil XOM 84.20 86.47 82.80 85.08 43.8M
Verizon Communications VZ 41.13 41.40 38.25 39.09 42.6M
Comcast CMCSA 17.34 17.78 16.86 17.03 41.9M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 47.75 48.51 47.42 47.58 33.7M
ConocoPhillips COP 74.00 75.15 71.47 72.89 31.3M
Merck MRK 55.11 55.15 52.45 53.32 29.1M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 24.85 25.05 24.36 24.48 27.5M
Home Depot HD 26.51 27.49 26.00 26.28 25.8M
HP Inc. HPQ 43.80 44.29 43.01 43.75 25.1M
International Business Machines IBM 106.51 106.72 102.50 103.40 23.9M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 67.95 68.16 66.01 66.29 22.7M
Altria MO 77.15 77.98 74.67 75.42 22M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 60.04 60.86 58.76 59.43 20.7M
Chevron CVX 82.98 84.98 80.88 83.46 18.9M
Procter & Gamble PG 68.40 68.65 66.70 67.15 18M
Alphabet GOOGL 608.36 609.99 598.45 600.25 17.1M
Coca-Cola KO 62.34 62.45 60.16 60.74 16.9M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 29.00 29.31 28.25 28.51 16.4M
Amgen AMGN 46.93 48.02 46.93 47.45 14.8M
Gilead Sciences GILD 46.76 48.14 45.13 46.17 13.7M
Amazon AMZN 79.93 82.31 78.04 79.76 13.4M
McDonald's MCD 52.61 53.29 52.26 52.40 11.8M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 54.64 54.88 53.11 54.40 9.71M
United Technologies UTX 68.58 70.00 67.71 68.05 9.05M
Pepsico PEP 72.54 73.16 70.95 71.46 8.99M
Boeing BA 80.25 80.82 77.76 78.40 7.69M
3M MMM 75.47 76.44 74.06 74.91 7.05M
Union Pacific UNP 110.03 111.81 107.62 110.45 3.34M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 4416.00 4500.00 4371.00 4405.00 29K
Exchange Rates of January 18, 2008
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 106.820 JPY 1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.027 CAD 1 CAD = 0.974 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.099 CHF 1 CHF = 0.910 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 7.242 CNY 1 CNY = 0.138 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 156.180 JPY 1 JPY = 0.006 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.748 GBP 1 GBP = 1.338 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.662 AUD 1 AUD = 0.602 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.501 CAD 1 CAD = 0.666 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.605 CHF 1 CHF = 0.623 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.478 GBP 1 GBP = 2.091 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.064 AUD 1 AUD = 0.940 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.961 CAD 1 CAD = 1.041 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.028 CHF 1 CHF = 0.973 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.224 AUD 1 AUD = 0.450 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.008 CAD 1 CAD = 0.498 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2.147 CHF 1 CHF = 0.466 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.902 CAD 1 CAD = 1.108 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.965 CHF 1 CHF = 1.036 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 1.069 CHF 1 CHF = 0.935 CAD

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