Financial news on September 18, 2009

Business and Financial news
Despite Their Prices, Gourmet Teas Thrive as Global Economy Sags

While they cost 30 percent more than standard teas, their surprising performance has led some brands to consider expanding around the world. Read more..

By SONIA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP - The New York Times

Health Ills Abound as Farm Runoff Fouls Wells

Farm waste, the biggest polluter of American rivers, is largely unregulated by many of the laws designed to prevent pollution and protect drinking water. Read more..

By CHARLES DUHIGG - The New York Times

Settlement Near in Ivory Coast Toxic Dumping Case

The disaster brought down the government and became a symbol of the dangers of globalization. Read more..

By DAVID JOLLY - International Herald Tribune

Success of Palm Oil Brings Plantations Under Pressure to Preserve Habitats

The industry is facing increasingly vocal protests five years after it began developing a certification system for producing environmentally sustainable palm oil. Read more..

By LIZ GOOCH - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE16.8816.8816.4316.50123M
Oracle Corp.ORCL21.7221.8721.5721.6270.1M
MicrosoftMSFT25.4625.4825.1025.2668M
PfizerPFE16.4716.8016.3716.5167.1M
Coca-ColaKO53.6854.1253.3053.7662.1M
Cisco SystemsCSCO23.5023.6123.2423.4053.8M
AT&T Inc.T26.5227.1626.3627.0549.5M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ29.7729.8929.3129.5948.5M
ExxonMobilXOM70.2770.4869.6869.9943.2M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC29.0829.0828.2328.4942.7M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM45.2445.3444.7044.9539.5M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT50.0050.4049.9450.1133.4M
ComcastCMCSA17.1517.4116.9317.2932.1M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT46.4746.4745.8045.9731.3M
Procter & GamblePG56.5757.5156.5057.3225.9M
IntelINTC19.5419.6919.3719.5523.1M
AppleAAPL185.83186.55184.76185.0221.5M
MerckMRK32.1832.3631.7831.8820.3M
HP Inc.HPQ45.9546.5045.7346.1519.9M
AltriaMO18.0818.0817.9517.9619.2M
ConocoPhillipsCOP47.0447.3046.5046.8016.2M
ChevronCVX72.8373.3772.5072.6416.1M
Home DepotHD28.0128.4428.0028.2315.8M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH28.8929.2628.4128.5815.7M
PepsicoPEP59.0460.0058.9659.8614.6M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ61.0461.2560.7160.7814.5M
McDonald'sMCD56.6057.0056.3057.0014.4M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS28.5728.6828.2528.4414.1M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY22.4922.6122.3322.5213.5M
International Business MachinesIBM122.45122.88121.62122.119.94M
AmgenAMGN60.8061.3060.4360.809.66M
SchlumbergerSLB62.3462.8661.0961.859.57M
Gilead SciencesGILD46.2046.2445.3045.769.06M
United TechnologiesUTX62.7263.2862.5062.826.84M
AmazonAMZN90.7491.0089.4790.286.77M
AlphabetGOOGL496.77496.98491.23491.466.56M
BoeingBA53.0253.2952.1053.026.53M
3MMMM75.1275.2574.5074.624.39M
VisaV73.9274.2773.1673.793.8M
Union PacificUNP62.5363.1961.9262.403.76M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3370.003410.003330.003330.0047.3K
Exchange Rates of September 18, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 91.220 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.069 CAD1 CAD = 0.936 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.030 CHF1 CHF = 0.971 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.828 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 134.230 JPY1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.904 GBP1 GBP = 1.106 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.696 AUD1 AUD = 0.590 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.573 CAD1 CAD = 0.636 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.515 CHF1 CHF = 0.660 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 10.049 CNY1 CNY = 0.100 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.673 GBP1 GBP = 1.486 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.262 AUD1 AUD = 0.793 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.171 CAD1 CAD = 0.854 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.127 CHF1 CHF = 0.887 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.875 AUD1 AUD = 0.533 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.740 CAD1 CAD = 0.575 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.675 CHF1 CHF = 0.597 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 11.100 CNY1 CNY = 0.090 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.927 CAD1 CAD = 1.079 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.892 CHF1 CHF = 1.121 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 5.923 CNY1 CNY = 0.169 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.962 CHF1 CHF = 1.039 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.386 CNY1 CNY = 0.157 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.633 CNY1 CNY = 0.151 CHF

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