Financial news on March 18th, 2010

Business and Financial news
A Conversation With Philippe de Montebello

Philippe de Montebello, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has returned to New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts to teach. Read more..

By CAROL VOGEL - The New York Times

A Garden With a Profusion of Ideas

Longwood Gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania is figuring out how to earn international recognition as one of the great gardens of the world. Read more..

By CAROL KINO - The New York Times

Amid the Monets, Setting the Stage for Romance

Just as singles events bond museumgoers to each other, they can also bond guests to the museum, bolstering attendance and memberships. Read more..

By TED LOOS - The New York Times

Connecting to a Culture Using 4 Wheels

An exhibition in Manhattan focuses on skateboarding among Native Americans. Read more..

By KAREN JONES - The New York Times

Fed Fights to Keep Oversight of Banks That Aren’t Big

In a House hearing, Ben S. Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, waged a fresh battle against efforts to scale back the Fed’s role in overseeing banks. Read more..

By SEWELL CHAN - The New York Times

Maker of Tylenol Explains Actions Taken to Alleviate Musty Smell of Pills

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Johnson & Johnson unit, laid out the actions it would take after the Food and Drug Administration criticized its quality control program. Read more..

By NATASHA SINGER - The New York Times

On the Guggenheim’s Walls, and Now on Yours

The museum collaborated with an auction Web site to mount a major show with the intention of selling its contents to the highest bidders. Read more..

By FRED A. BERNSTEIN - The New York Times

Recalling the Craze for a Game of Chance

The “Project Mah Jongg” exhibition to be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park will include dozens of artifacts chronicling both the commercial legacy and social history of the game. Read more..

By STEVEN HELLER - The New York Times

Rosneft Stock Falls on Fear of Seizures

Rosneft, Russia’s state-owned oil company, is said to be concerned that a British court might seize assets to pay a $380 million award to Yukos Oil. Read more..

By ANDREW E. KRAMER - The New York Times

Studios and Cable Unite in Support of Video on Demand

As DVD sales sink, an advertising campaign aims to push consumers to rent more movies through their cable boxes. Read more..

By BROOKS BARNES - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE18.0918.2617.9118.1988.5M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC30.4730.5629.8530.2934M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT54.4454.5453.6153.7732M
Oracle Corp.ORCL25.4325.6025.2725.3829.2M
Cisco SystemsCSCO26.2426.4326.2226.3427.1M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM43.7543.7943.1543.6426M
Home DepotHD32.4532.5632.2332.4017.8M
AT&T Inc.T25.9626.0925.9026.0617M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH32.4633.6931.9833.5915.4M
HP Inc.HPQ52.2252.8352.1152.7314.1M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ30.1730.3830.1530.3011.9M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ64.5865.1564.3765.0611.7M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY25.9126.1225.8526.079.52M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT55.8955.9555.5455.949.47M
Procter & GamblePG63.9064.1363.6563.738.87M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS33.6933.8533.5233.788.04M
Gilead SciencesGILD47.3447.5046.9847.425.57M
International Business MachinesIBM127.46128.75127.45128.384.95M
Union PacificUNP72.7773.9672.7773.653.82M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B82.5082.5582.0082.353.73M
United TechnologiesUTX72.0872.5572.0672.503.17M
Exchange Rates of March 18th, 2010
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 90.350 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.014 CAD1 CAD = 0.986 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.058 CHF1 CHF = 0.945 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.827 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 122.960 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.892 GBP1 GBP = 1.121 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.478 AUD1 AUD = 0.677 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.380 CAD1 CAD = 0.725 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.439 CHF1 CHF = 0.695 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.284 CNY1 CNY = 0.108 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.726 GBP1 GBP = 1.378 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.202 AUD1 AUD = 0.832 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.122 CAD1 CAD = 0.891 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.171 CHF1 CHF = 0.854 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.657 AUD1 AUD = 0.604 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.547 CAD1 CAD = 0.647 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.613 CHF1 CHF = 0.620 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.392 CNY1 CNY = 0.096 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.933 CAD1 CAD = 1.071 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.973 CHF1 CHF = 1.027 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.280 CNY1 CNY = 0.159 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1.043 CHF1 CHF = 0.959 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.729 CNY1 CNY = 0.149 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.448 CNY1 CNY = 0.155 CHF

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