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..


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

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE34,9335,3834,9035,0040.4M
Oracle Corp.ORCL18,5518,8518,5518,7631.5M
Cisco SystemsCSCO26,5926,7526,4726,6829.2M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM51,5052,2351,3552,0920.7M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH51,4152,4951,2552,0519.6M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT57,7958,2256,9257,2416.8M
AT&T Inc.T38,9739,4638,9239,3116.6M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ37,2837,6637,2037,5112.8M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ64,5965,0364,3064,9412.5M
HP Inc.HPQ40,9841,5540,9241,1511.9M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC35,8536,2235,6036,1411.7M
Home DepotHD38,6439,1738,5838,9111M
Gilead SciencesGILD79,6082,6378,6781,719.84M
International Business MachinesIBM94,5094,8794,0094,299.45M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY27,8028,6427,0028,429.03M
Procter & GamblePG63,5864,1963,5063,628.84M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS34,7035,0234,5734,928.2M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT47,6848,3847,6548,348.05M
Union PacificUNP115,90119,22113,27116,476.47M
United TechnologiesUTX67,0067,3066,2067,224.94M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3649,003655,003625,003633,0011.2K
Exchange Rates of April 19, 2007
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 118,430 JPY1 JPY = 0,008 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1,129 CAD1 CAD = 0,885 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1,205 CHF1 CHF = 0,830 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 7,717 CNY1 CNY = 0,130 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 161,200 JPY1 JPY = 0,006 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0,679 GBP1 GBP = 1,472 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1,629 AUD1 AUD = 0,614 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1,537 CAD1 CAD = 0,651 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1,640 CHF1 CHF = 0,610 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0,421 GBP1 GBP = 2,374 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1,010 AUD1 AUD = 0,990 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 0,953 CAD1 CAD = 1,049 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1,017 CHF1 CHF = 0,983 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2,397 AUD1 AUD = 0,417 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 2,263 CAD1 CAD = 0,442 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 2,413 CHF1 CHF = 0,414 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0,943 CAD1 CAD = 1,060 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 1,006 CHF1 CHF = 0,994 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1,066 CHF1 CHF = 0,938 CAD

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