Financial news on December 19th, 2011

Business and Financial news
Digital Data on Patients Raises Risk of Breaches

More doctors and hospitals are digitizing patient records, with 57 percent of office-based physicians using electronic health records in 2011, up 12 percent from 2010; however, the number of reported breaches has increased 32 percent in 2011 from 2010 at a cost of $6.5 billion to the industry; in almost half the cases, a lost or stolen phone or personal computer was responsible for the breach. Read more..

By NICOLE PERLROTH - The New York Times

For Election Year, MTV Drops ‘Choose or Lose’ Slogan

MTV is changing the name of its election season campaign to Power of 12, nod to both the election year and the notion that 18- to 29-year-olds have a lot of political power if they choose to wield it; former name was Choose or Lose. Read more..

By BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Making a List, and Taking It to the Pawnshop

Many pawnshops are embracing holiday shoppers like never before, offering promotions long deployed by more traditional stores; gloomy economy is most immediate explanation, but industry experts also point to success of television shows like Pawn Stars, which have attracted a more mainstream audience to the stores. Read more..


Morning Take-Out

Highlights from the DealBook newsletter. Read more..

By WILLIAM ALDEN - The New York Times

News From the Advertising Industry

Account assignments, executive appointments and miscellaneous news from advertising agencies. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

Reliving the Best (and Worst) Ads of 2011

Stuart Elliott Advertising column roundup of high and low points for 2011. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

Sean Parker Struggles With Fame

Sean Parker, the entrepreneur probably now most famous for being portrayed in the movie “The Social Network,” struggles with his fame. Whether by design or impulse, Mr. Parker, one of the people behind Napster and Facebook, has an almost compulsive need to share whatever is on his mind. His publicist tells him to be quiet, but he often shrugs his shoulders and carries on. Read more..

By LAURA M. HOLSON - The New York Times

The Queen of Cable TV

Bonnie Hammer, chairwoman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, oversees networks and cable channels that contribute close to $2 billion in profits for the company; she is seen as possibly the most important cable television executive. Read more..

By BILL CARTER - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE16,9717,1016,7916,8666.3M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM31,8731,9030,4230,7047.4M
Cisco SystemsCSCO17,9618,0117,6217,6939.7M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC26,1426,2025,1825,3128.8M
Oracle Corp.ORCL29,4129,4428,5028,6224.8M
AT&T Inc.T28,9829,0628,6528,7419M
HP Inc.HPQ25,9526,0825,0225,1316.8M
General MotorsGM20,1220,2319,0019,0515.6M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ38,7939,1038,4838,6314.5M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT54,8254,9354,1654,3512.9M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS35,3935,5534,5134,7511.4M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ64,1864,2863,3663,539.02M
Home DepotHD40,3140,8140,1140,208.9M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY34,3034,6834,1834,278.27M
Procter & GamblePG65,3565,5964,7464,958.17M
Gilead SciencesGILD37,1537,9736,9837,478.13M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT58,3058,5757,6157,787.24M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH48,9249,5648,8448,975.88M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B75,0675,3273,7374,045.28M
International Business MachinesIBM184,51184,69182,25182,895.04M
United TechnologiesUTX72,6173,2871,6071,754.3M
Union PacificUNP100,14100,9198,2898,492.79M
Exchange Rates of December 19th, 2011
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 78,040 JPY1 JPY = 0,013 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1,039 CAD1 CAD = 0,963 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 0,937 CHF1 CHF = 1,067 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6,338 CNY1 CNY = 0,158 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 101,410 JPY1 JPY = 0,010 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0,839 GBP1 GBP = 1,192 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1,313 AUD1 AUD = 0,762 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1,350 CAD1 CAD = 0,741 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1,218 CHF1 CHF = 0,821 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 8,242 CNY1 CNY = 0,121 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0,827 GBP1 GBP = 1,210 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1,294 AUD1 AUD = 0,773 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1,330 CAD1 CAD = 0,752 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1,201 CHF1 CHF = 0,833 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1,566 AUD1 AUD = 0,639 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1,609 CAD1 CAD = 0,621 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1,453 CHF1 CHF = 0,688 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 9,829 CNY1 CNY = 0,102 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 1,028 CAD1 CAD = 0,973 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0,927 CHF1 CHF = 1,078 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6,276 CNY1 CNY = 0,159 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0,902 CHF1 CHF = 1,108 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6,111 CNY1 CNY = 0,164 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6,765 CNY1 CNY = 0,148 CHF

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