Financial news on May 18, 2006

Business and Financial news
A Mac in Black: Apple Introduces Its New Laptop Line

Apple's line of laptops aimed at consumers took a leap forward when the company released its new MacBook model. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

A Region Now Offers More Than Cheap Land

Small businesses are tinkering and adapting technologies in Southern California's grandly named Inland Empire. Read more..

By JAMES FLANIGAN - The New York Times

European Antitrust Officials Raid Gas Company Offices

The European Commission has raided the offices of some of Europe's largest gas companies as part of an investigation of the energy sector. Read more..

By PAUL MELLER - The New York Times

From Asia to America, How Bausch's Crisis Grew

Critics question whether Bausch & Lomb acted fast enough to signs of trouble with its ReNu lens cleaners. Read more..

By BARNABY J. FEDER - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
MicrosoftMSFT22.8423.1422.7622.8395.5M
IntelINTC18.7318.8918.4918.6576.1M
Cisco SystemsCSCO20.1720.6020.1620.2963.6M
Oracle Corp.ORCL13.9313.9913.2813.7746.9M
PfizerPFE23.9624.3523.8523.8932M
General ElectricGE34.3534.5534.1434.1524.2M
AppleAAPL65.6866.2663.1263.1823.5M
HP Inc.HPQ32.3533.0532.2432.4822.2M
ExxonMobilXOM60.1961.0059.8659.8919.1M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH45.8446.2044.6645.3017.7M
AT&T Inc.T25.0525.1924.7224.7416.5M
Home DepotHD38.4539.0938.2338.4116M
MerckMRK34.3835.3434.3835.1315.5M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS29.7629.9329.1829.6013.8M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ30.8131.0030.1030.4113.7M
ConocoPhillipsCOP63.5063.6562.4262.4412.8M
AmazonAMZN31.7133.6431.5232.6112M
ComcastCMCSA31.8031.9531.4831.4911.7M
AlphabetGOOGL378.78381.81370.71370.9911.7M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT46.9947.3946.6547.2210.9M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM43.3543.4142.6942.7410.9M
SchlumbergerSLB66.0366.5064.4064.4010.7M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT41.5942.3341.4441.9610.6M
AmgenAMGN68.3268.8566.9267.109.22M
ChevronCVX58.9459.6558.7058.708.82M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ60.3060.4860.0460.148.52M
Procter & GamblePG55.2055.5354.8854.897.77M
Coca-ColaKO43.5843.9243.3643.557.69M
AltriaMO71.0671.8470.3070.487.1M
Gilead SciencesGILD56.0556.2353.0253.756.2M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY24.0124.5523.2124.155.58M
International Business MachinesIBM80.5081.3580.0380.665.44M
McDonald'sMCD34.8334.9734.4134.445.37M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC66.2266.5065.6765.675.11M
PepsicoPEP59.3559.4758.6058.694.43M
BoeingBA84.2584.8482.6082.733.62M
United TechnologiesUTX63.5564.1162.5462.663.41M
3MMMM83.6384.8383.6384.152.69M
Union PacificUNP94.0494.5791.6491.782.22M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3020.003090.003019.003070.0045.7K
Exchange Rates of May 18, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 110.730 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.120 CAD1 CAD = 0.893 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.204 CHF1 CHF = 0.830 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 8.008 CNY1 CNY = 0.125 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 142.340 JPY1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.678 GBP1 GBP = 1.474 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.681 AUD1 AUD = 0.595 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.440 CAD1 CAD = 0.695 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.549 CHF1 CHF = 0.646 EUR
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.477 AUD1 AUD = 0.404 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 2.122 CAD1 CAD = 0.471 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 2.282 CHF1 CHF = 0.438 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.856 CAD1 CAD = 1.168 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.921 CHF1 CHF = 1.086 AUD

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