Financial news on December 19, 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..

By ANDREW MARTIN and STEPHANIE CLIFFORD - The New York Times

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

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
General Electric GE 16.97 17.10 16.79 16.86 66.3M
Microsoft MSFT 26.02 26.12 25.46 25.53 52.3M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 31.87 31.90 30.42 30.70 47.4M
Pfizer PFE 21.13 21.40 21.04 21.14 42.5M
Intel INTC 23.39 23.48 23.05 23.10 42.2M
Cisco Systems CSCO 17.96 18.01 17.62 17.69 39.7M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 26.14 26.20 25.18 25.31 28.8M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 29.41 29.44 28.50 28.62 24.8M
AT&T Inc. T 28.98 29.06 28.65 28.74 19M
HP Inc. HPQ 25.95 26.08 25.02 25.13 16.8M
Merck MRK 36.43 36.80 36.34 36.47 16.5M
ExxonMobil XOM 80.24 80.46 79.38 79.53 16M
General Motors GM 20.12 20.23 19.00 19.05 15.6M
Verizon Communications VZ 38.79 39.10 38.48 38.63 14.5M
Comcast CMCSA 23.36 23.40 22.71 22.87 13.5M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 54.82 54.93 54.16 54.35 12.9M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 35.39 35.55 34.51 34.75 11.4M
Altria MO 29.36 29.63 29.29 29.34 10.7M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 64.18 64.28 63.36 63.53 9.02M
Home Depot HD 40.31 40.81 40.11 40.20 8.9M
Apple AAPL 382.47 384.85 380.48 382.21 8.41M
ConocoPhillips COP 68.04 68.75 67.65 67.85 8.3M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 34.30 34.68 34.18 34.27 8.27M
Procter & Gamble PG 65.35 65.59 64.74 64.95 8.17M
Gilead Sciences GILD 37.15 37.97 36.98 37.47 8.13M
Schlumberger SLB 67.42 67.42 64.95 65.07 8.05M
Amgen AMGN 60.32 61.12 59.97 60.17 8.01M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 58.30 58.57 57.61 57.78 7.24M
Chevron CVX 101.16 101.33 99.50 99.72 5.98M
Visa V 97.51 99.37 97.51 98.58 5.89M
Coca-Cola KO 67.46 67.87 67.22 67.37 5.88M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 48.92 49.56 48.84 48.97 5.88M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 75.06 75.32 73.73 74.04 5.28M
McDonald's MCD 97.92 98.37 96.98 97.24 5.17M
International Business Machines IBM 184.51 184.69 182.25 182.89 5.04M
Pepsico PEP 64.63 65.17 64.20 64.37 4.94M
Amazon AMZN 182.00 183.17 179.00 179.33 4.53M
United Technologies UTX 72.61 73.28 71.60 71.75 4.3M
Alphabet GOOGL 628.01 628.50 620.00 621.83 4.28M
Boeing BA 71.20 71.62 69.91 70.16 3.57M
3M MMM 79.02 79.50 77.51 77.82 3.49M
Union Pacific UNP 100.14 100.91 98.28 98.49 2.79M
Exchange Rates of December 19, 2011
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 78.040 JPY 1 JPY = 0.013 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.039 CAD 1 CAD = 0.963 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.937 CHF 1 CHF = 1.067 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.338 CNY 1 CNY = 0.158 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 101.410 JPY 1 JPY = 0.010 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.839 GBP 1 GBP = 1.192 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.313 AUD 1 AUD = 0.762 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.350 CAD 1 CAD = 0.741 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.218 CHF 1 CHF = 0.821 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 8.242 CNY 1 CNY = 0.121 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.827 GBP 1 GBP = 1.210 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.294 AUD 1 AUD = 0.773 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.330 CAD 1 CAD = 0.752 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.201 CHF 1 CHF = 0.833 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.566 AUD 1 AUD = 0.639 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.609 CAD 1 CAD = 0.621 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.453 CHF 1 CHF = 0.688 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9.829 CNY 1 CNY = 0.102 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 1.028 CAD 1 CAD = 0.973 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.927 CHF 1 CHF = 1.078 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6.276 CNY 1 CNY = 0.159 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.902 CHF 1 CHF = 1.108 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6.111 CNY 1 CNY = 0.164 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.765 CNY 1 CNY = 0.148 CHF

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