Financial news on August 19, 2015

Business and Financial news
Chinese Stocks Tumble 6.2% Amid Government Intervention Efforts

The stock sell-off on Tuesday puts the Shanghai index just above the low it reached on July 8, before the government’s rescue efforts began. Read more..

By NEIL GOUGH - The New York Times

Chromebooks Gaining on iPads in School Sector

Last year, about 3.9 million Chromebooks were shipped in the education sector, an increase in unit sales of more than 310 percent compared with the previous year, IDC said. Read more..

By NATASHA SINGER - The New York Times

Daily Report: In Silicon Valley, Start-Up Recruiting Battles Heat Up

You know there’s a boom under way in Silicon Valley when it gets even tougher to hire top engineers and other personnel. Read more..

By PUI-WING TAM - The New York Times

Data-Crunching Is Coming to Help Your Boss Manage Your Time

More businesses are using sophisticated workplace technology to track employee productivity, even in white-collar jobs that have resisted monitoring in past; technology is enabling employers to enforce longer working hours, or to assess performance on day-to-day basis, prompting question of whether such technologies cross line or allow for unreasonable demands. Read more..

By DAVID STREITFELD - The New York Times

Kik Raises $50 Million From Tencent, in Bid to Become ‘WeChat of the West’

DealBook Online; Kik announces $50 million investment from Chinese company Tencent; company had stated it wanted to be Western version of WeChat, which Tencent owns. Read more..

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED - The New York Times

Making Tires From a Desert Shrub Found in the U.S.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is expected to demonstrate tires produced from desert shrub guayule plant, important milestone for industry that has long sought American source of rubber; company will lead consortium to develop and market guayule-derived rubber. Read more..

By DIANE CARDWELL - The New York Times

Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York City. Read more..

By ROSALIE R. RADOMSKY - The New York Times

Walmart Cuts Outlook, Citing Rising Wages and Online Investment

Walmart reports second-quarter revenue of $120.2 billion, $500 million above forecast, but cuts annual profit forecast due to higher wages. Read more..

By HIROKO TABUCHI - The New York Times

With an Eye on Fintech, Andreessen Horowitz Adds a New General Partner

Andreessen Horowitz is adding a new general partner, Alex Rampell. He will focus on the fast-growing field of financial technology start-ups. Read more..

By STEVE LOHR - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Apple AAPL 116.10 116.52 114.68 115.01 48.3M
Microsoft MSFT 46.78 47.08 46.30 46.61 31.5M
Intel INTC 28.65 28.80 28.28 28.36 30.5M
Cisco Systems CSCO 28.10 28.24 27.72 27.80 30M
General Electric GE 25.90 26.03 25.62 25.73 29.1M
Facebook FB 94.63 96.10 94.16 95.31 23.3M
AT&T Inc. T 34.30 34.50 34.07 34.36 21.1M
Pfizer PFE 35.37 35.49 34.96 35.27 17.8M
ExxonMobil XOM 77.51 77.58 75.93 76.23 17M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 68.87 69.39 67.77 68.57 16.3M
HP Inc. HPQ 28.19 28.37 27.61 27.74 16.2M
Comcast CMCSA 59.86 60.73 59.85 59.92 16M
Coca-Cola KO 41.14 41.24 40.78 40.78 15.8M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 67.93 68.31 67.37 67.60 15.2M
ConocoPhillips COP 49.28 49.28 47.05 47.68 14.5M
General Motors GM 31.61 32.05 31.37 31.63 13.9M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 57.28 57.55 56.95 57.06 13.7M
Chevron CVX 82.87 82.91 80.67 80.91 13.1M
Verizon Communications VZ 47.39 47.70 47.08 47.44 12.6M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 39.70 39.94 39.31 39.53 11.1M
Procter & Gamble PG 74.93 74.93 74.02 74.12 9.86M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 106.58 107.75 105.77 106.45 9.48M
Schlumberger SLB 82.37 82.94 80.40 80.67 9.41M
Altria MO 55.00 55.28 54.17 54.81 8.33M
Merck MRK 59.32 60.07 59.19 59.66 7.99M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 99.18 99.99 98.78 99.31 7.64M
Gilead Sciences GILD 116.65 117.20 115.40 116.21 7.5M
Home Depot HD 122.67 123.79 122.13 122.76 6.49M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 50.14 50.17 49.41 49.84 6M
McDonald's MCD 100.45 101.88 100.19 101.10 5.99M
Visa V 74.20 74.96 73.67 74.40 5.89M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 63.27 64.97 63.22 64.12 5.25M
International Business Machines IBM 155.15 155.67 153.41 153.94 4.21M
Pepsico PEP 99.38 99.68 98.64 98.99 3.9M
Union Pacific UNP 92.25 93.09 91.88 92.16 3.9M
United Technologies UTX 98.70 99.37 97.87 98.21 3.62M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 141.00 141.71 139.75 140.47 3.48M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 124.71 124.99 122.85 123.22 3.41M
Amgen AMGN 166.82 167.72 164.45 166.57 3.14M
Boeing BA 143.42 144.48 142.32 142.72 2.97M
3M MMM 146.20 147.55 145.28 145.87 2.53M
Alphabet GOOGL 690.11 700.20 686.80 694.04 2.51M
Amazon AMZN 533.74 537.25 529.00 532.92 2.32M
Exchange Rates of August 19, 2015
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Euro 1 USD = 0.899 EUR 1 EUR = 1.112 USD
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 123.926 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 USD
US Dollar Pound Sterling 1 USD = 0.638 GBP 1 GBP = 1.568 USD
US Dollar Australian Dollar 1 USD = 1.361 AUD 1 AUD = 0.735 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.313 CAD 1 CAD = 0.762 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.966 CHF 1 CHF = 1.036 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.396 CNY 1 CNY = 0.156 USD
US Dollar Mexican Peso 1 USD = 16.607 MXN 1 MXN = 0.060 USD
US Dollar Swidish Krona 1 USD = 8.519 SEK 1 SEK = 0.117 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 137.751 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.709 GBP 1 GBP = 1.411 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.513 AUD 1 AUD = 0.661 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.459 CAD 1 CAD = 0.685 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.073 CHF 1 CHF = 0.932 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 7.109 CNY 1 CNY = 0.141 EUR
Euro Mexican Peso 1 EUR = 18.461 MXN 1 MXN = 0.054 EUR
Euro Swidish Krona 1 EUR = 9.470 SEK 1 SEK = 0.106 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.005 GBP 1 GBP = 196.078 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.011 AUD 1 AUD = 90.909 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.011 CAD 1 CAD = 94.340 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 0.008 CHF 1 CHF = 128.205 JPY
Japanese Yen Chinese Yuan 1 JPY = 0.052 CNY 1 CNY = 19.380 JPY
Japanese Yen Mexican Peso 1 JPY = 0.134 MXN 1 MXN = 7.463 JPY
Japanese Yen Swidish Krona 1 JPY = 0.069 SEK 1 SEK = 14.556 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.133 AUD 1 AUD = 0.469 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.058 CAD 1 CAD = 0.486 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.514 CHF 1 CHF = 0.661 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 10.027 CNY 1 CNY = 0.100 GBP
Pound Sterling Mexican Peso 1 GBP = 26.029 MXN 1 MXN = 0.038 GBP
Pound Sterling Swidish Krona 1 GBP = 13.357 SEK 1 SEK = 0.075 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.965 CAD 1 CAD = 1.037 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.709 CHF 1 CHF = 1.410 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 4.698 CNY 1 CNY = 0.213 AUD
Australian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 AUD = 12.202 MXN 1 MXN = 0.082 AUD
Australian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 AUD = 6.258 SEK 1 SEK = 0.160 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.735 CHF 1 CHF = 1.360 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 4.872 CNY 1 CNY = 0.205 CAD
Canadian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 CAD = 12.649 MXN 1 MXN = 0.079 CAD
Canadian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 CAD = 6.487 SEK 1 SEK = 0.154 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.622 CNY 1 CNY = 0.151 CHF
Swiss Franc Mexican Peso 1 CHF = 17.195 MXN 1 MXN = 0.058 CHF
Swiss Franc Swidish Krona 1 CHF = 8.822 SEK 1 SEK = 0.113 CHF
Chinese Yuan Swidish Krona 1 CNY = 1.341 SEK 1 SEK = 0.746 CNY

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