Financial news on October 18, 2013

Business and Financial news
After Pause, Resupplying Economic Data

Investors, shaken by political crisis, eagerly await resumption of federal economic data that was interrupted by government shutdown; Labor Department reports on unemployment and job creation are forthcoming, but delays in other indicators could stretch into December. Read more..

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ - The New York Times

Arizona Utility Tries Storing Solar Energy for Use in the Dark

Closely-watched project called Solana, managed by the Arizona Public Service electrical utility, is able to focus and store solar energy in huge tanks of molten salt; emerging technology is one way that utility industry is trying to make solar energy available during peak usage hours when sun is not shining. Read more..

By MATTHEW L. WALD - The New York Times

Blood and Screams, Before the Show Starts

Stuart Elliott Advertising column notes that a shift toward frightening imagery in pop culture, especially the prominence of horror shows on television, has contributed to popularity of terror-centric marketing campaigns in weeks before Halloween. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

China Hints at Effort to Export Cars to West

Chinese automakers are starting to ask some of the largest Western auto parts companies to supply parts that meet American and European regulatory standards; shift is clearest sign yet that Chinese manufacturers are finally planning high-volume exports to West following more than decade of preparation. Read more..

By KEITH BRADSHER - The New York Times

China Reports a Modest Acceleration in Growth

China reports that its economy expanded by 7.8 percent in the third quarter, indicating a firming of economic activity after slower growth in the first part of the year. Read more..

By CHRIS BUCKLEY - The New York Times

HSBC Faces $2.46 Billion Judgment in Securities Fraud Case

The suit accused a mortgage lender bought by HSBC of making false and misleading statements that inflated its share price. Read more..

By REUTERS - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
General Electric GE 25.21 25.75 25.09 25.55 98.5M
Facebook FB 54.18 54.83 53.60 54.22 88.3M
Cisco Systems CSCO 22.86 23.14 22.76 22.96 44.5M
Pfizer PFE 30.19 30.74 30.08 30.51 43.6M
Microsoft MSFT 34.82 34.99 34.33 34.96 41.8M
AT&T Inc. T 34.52 34.88 34.37 34.61 30.5M
Intel INTC 23.86 23.98 23.68 23.88 29.6M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 54.26 54.58 53.80 54.30 24.8M
Alphabet GOOGL 976.58 1015.46 974.00 1011.41 23.1M
Verizon Communications VZ 49.36 50.06 49.17 50.01 22.2M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 71.26 71.35 67.54 68.76 21.1M
Merck MRK 47.37 47.45 46.47 46.61 20.6M
Coca-Cola KO 38.58 38.78 38.42 38.78 18.9M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 42.72 42.94 42.38 42.68 17.6M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 32.75 33.00 32.55 32.90 17.5M
Gilead Sciences GILD 67.27 68.45 66.49 68.21 15.4M
General Motors GM 36.21 36.30 35.68 35.89 14.6M
HP Inc. HPQ 23.53 23.63 23.23 23.48 14.4M
Home Depot HD 75.26 75.50 73.74 74.69 14.3M
ExxonMobil XOM 87.69 87.74 87.30 87.55 12.4M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 37.17 37.29 36.90 37.29 11.8M
Schlumberger SLB 93.10 94.88 92.99 93.99 11.2M
International Business Machines IBM 174.80 175.00 173.25 173.78 10.5M
Apple AAPL 505.99 509.26 505.71 508.89 10.4M
Comcast CMCSA 47.28 47.49 46.95 47.04 9.98M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 91.75 92.05 91.14 91.63 9.08M
Procter & Gamble PG 79.39 79.57 78.78 79.41 7.96M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 66.50 67.27 65.99 67.15 7.59M
McDonald's MCD 95.70 95.70 94.52 95.20 7.29M
Altria MO 35.89 35.99 35.62 35.86 7.01M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 75.80 75.93 75.48 75.71 6.79M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 49.91 49.91 49.17 49.72 6.56M
Pepsico PEP 82.65 83.01 82.23 83.01 6.37M
Chevron CVX 119.61 119.85 119.13 119.65 6.23M
Union Pacific UNP 152.00 153.62 151.37 152.10 6.01M
Amazon AMZN 319.36 331.89 316.75 328.93 5.97M
ConocoPhillips COP 73.58 73.59 72.73 73.43 5.22M
Boeing BA 122.50 122.86 121.25 122.52 3.92M
Visa V 198.72 200.99 196.95 200.45 3.6M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 117.47 117.50 116.78 116.97 3.15M
United Technologies UTX 108.08 108.44 107.06 107.74 2.71M
Amgen AMGN 115.95 116.00 113.78 114.92 2.69M
3M MMM 122.87 123.45 122.40 122.84 2.59M
Exchange Rates of October 18, 2013
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 97.720 JPY 1 JPY = 0.010 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.028 CAD 1 CAD = 0.972 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.902 CHF 1 CHF = 1.109 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.097 CNY 1 CNY = 0.164 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 133.750 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.846 GBP 1 GBP = 1.182 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.414 AUD 1 AUD = 0.707 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.407 CAD 1 CAD = 0.711 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.234 CHF 1 CHF = 0.810 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 8.343 CNY 1 CNY = 0.120 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.633 GBP 1 GBP = 1.581 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.056 AUD 1 AUD = 0.947 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.052 CAD 1 CAD = 0.951 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 0.922 CHF 1 CHF = 1.084 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.672 AUD 1 AUD = 0.598 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.664 CAD 1 CAD = 0.601 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.459 CHF 1 CHF = 0.686 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9.863 CNY 1 CNY = 0.101 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.994 CAD 1 CAD = 1.006 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.872 CHF 1 CHF = 1.147 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 5.899 CNY 1 CNY = 0.170 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.876 CHF 1 CHF = 1.141 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 5.926 CNY 1 CNY = 0.169 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.759 CNY 1 CNY = 0.148 CHF

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