Financial news on April 19, 2007

Business and Financial news
A Sidekick With the Essential Features, but With a Smaller Price

The Sidekick ID is a stripped-down version of the Sidekick 3 and is aimed squarely at the teenage set. Read more..

By JOHN BIGGS - The New York Times

Closing a Stubborn Folder

When I turn on my Windows XP computer, the folder C:\windows\system32 opens automatically every time. Why is this and how do I stop it? Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Harvard’s Former Lightning Rod Is a Hit in Asia

Lawrence H. Summers has been stressing economic themes that resonate in India, China, Hong Kong and Singapore but have yet to take hold in the United States. Read more..

By HEATHER TIMMONS - The New York Times

Help for Subprime Mortgage Holders

Freddie Mac said it would buy as much as $20 billion in subprime mortgages and Washington Mutual offered to refinance $2 billion in loans. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

In Nod to Consumer Tastes, Nissan to Sell Cleaner Cars

The automaker will offer its flagship Maxima sedan with a cleaner-burning diesel engine in the United States by 2010. Read more..

By JEREMY W. PETERS - The New York Times

IPod Audio at Home, Cleaned and Delivered to Speakers Near You

Creative Labs’ Xdock can play video and pictures on any TV through an S-video connection. Read more..

By JOHN BIGGS - The New York Times

Radio Giant Accepts Offer

Clear Channel agreed to a sweetened takeover bid of $19.4 billion but the deal may yet fail to win shareholder approval. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Steelworkers and British Unions Seek Merger

The United Steelworkers will seek to merge with two large British unions, a move that would form the first trans-Atlantic labor group. Read more..

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE - The New York Times

The More Affordable Pininfarina, Available in Red and Onyx

The latest offerings from SimpleTech have raised the bar in storage and lowered it for price. Read more..

By STEPHEN C. MILLER - The New York Times

Today’s Topic Is Solar Energy Systems

Sharp Electronics has embarked on a six-month campaign to teach homeowners how solar energy works. Read more..

By CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCH - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Intel INTC 21.16 21.90 21.14 21.81 97.6M
Amgen AMGN 63.53 64.40 62.14 62.32 48.7M
Pfizer PFE 26.57 27.24 26.56 27.07 46.7M
Microsoft MSFT 28.34 28.89 28.26 28.69 43.6M
General Electric GE 34.93 35.38 34.90 35.00 40.4M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 18.55 18.85 18.55 18.76 31.5M
Cisco Systems CSCO 26.59 26.75 26.47 26.68 29.2M
Alphabet GOOGL 474.50 481.95 469.59 471.65 22M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 51.50 52.23 51.35 52.09 20.7M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 51.41 52.49 51.25 52.05 19.6M
ExxonMobil XOM 77.95 78.01 77.15 77.46 19.1M
Merck MRK 49.72 50.39 49.50 50.15 17.1M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 57.79 58.22 56.92 57.24 16.8M
AT&T Inc. T 38.97 39.46 38.92 39.31 16.6M
Apple AAPL 90.19 91.25 89.83 90.27 15.2M
Altria MO 69.82 70.20 68.64 69.40 14M
Verizon Communications VZ 37.28 37.66 37.20 37.51 12.8M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 64.59 65.03 64.30 64.94 12.5M
Schlumberger SLB 74.46 74.55 73.44 74.32 12M
HP Inc. HPQ 40.98 41.55 40.92 41.15 11.9M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 35.85 36.22 35.60 36.14 11.7M
Home Depot HD 38.64 39.17 38.58 38.91 11M
Gilead Sciences GILD 79.60 82.63 78.67 81.71 9.84M
International Business Machines IBM 94.50 94.87 94.00 94.29 9.45M
Coca-Cola KO 51.36 51.90 51.31 51.75 9.35M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 27.80 28.64 27.00 28.42 9.03M
Comcast CMCSA 27.52 27.68 27.40 27.56 8.98M
Procter & Gamble PG 63.58 64.19 63.50 63.62 8.84M
ConocoPhillips COP 69.23 69.63 68.84 69.28 8.79M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 34.70 35.02 34.57 34.92 8.2M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 47.68 48.38 47.65 48.34 8.05M
Chevron CVX 77.47 77.64 76.73 76.81 8.01M
McDonald's MCD 48.80 49.00 48.32 48.78 6.56M
Union Pacific UNP 115.90 119.22 113.27 116.47 6.47M
Boeing BA 93.56 94.75 92.76 92.99 6.19M
Pepsico PEP 65.89 66.03 65.55 66.03 5.28M
United Technologies UTX 67.00 67.30 66.20 67.22 4.94M
Amazon AMZN 44.61 45.15 44.41 44.64 4.81M
3M MMM 76.36 77.89 76.31 77.58 3.56M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3649.00 3655.00 3625.00 3633.00 11.2K
Exchange Rates of April 19, 2007
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 118.430 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.129 CAD 1 CAD = 0.885 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.205 CHF 1 CHF = 0.830 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 7.717 CNY 1 CNY = 0.130 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 161.200 JPY 1 JPY = 0.006 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.679 GBP 1 GBP = 1.472 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.629 AUD 1 AUD = 0.614 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.537 CAD 1 CAD = 0.651 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.640 CHF 1 CHF = 0.610 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.421 GBP 1 GBP = 2.374 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.010 AUD 1 AUD = 0.990 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.953 CAD 1 CAD = 1.049 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.017 CHF 1 CHF = 0.983 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.397 AUD 1 AUD = 0.417 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.263 CAD 1 CAD = 0.442 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2.413 CHF 1 CHF = 0.414 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.943 CAD 1 CAD = 1.060 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 1.006 CHF 1 CHF = 0.994 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 1.066 CHF 1 CHF = 0.938 CAD

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