Financial news on June 19, 2006

Business and Financial news
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By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

In Heated Battle for AB Ports, Macquarie May Pony Up £2.7 Billion, Report Says

A consortium led by Macquarie Bank of Australia is expected to offer nearly 2.7 billion pounds ($4.98 billion) for Associated British Ports in a move that would trump a 2.53 billion pound ($4.67 billion) bid from a Goldman Sachs consortium, The Times of London reported. Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

Inquiry Into Stock Option Pricing Casts a Wide Net

In the latest scandal, companies handed out options in a way that undermined the idea of options as a pay-for-performance tool. Read more..

By ERIC DASH - The New York Times

New Gold Coin Is Purest Yet From U.S. Mint

A new United States gold coin, the purest ever made, will go on sale today to investors worldwide. Read more..

By MATTHEW HEALEY - The New York Times

Personal Trainers Available by the Download

More trainers are packaging their services in audio or video files that can be downloaded into an iPod for a quick trip to the gym. Read more..

By BOB TEDESCHI - The New York Times

Some Sites Off Limits, Even in a Newsroom

The Los Angeles Times blocks access to "sex sites" and to sites that could compromise network security. Read more..

By SARA IVRY - The New York Times

Telecom Giants in Europe Plan $30 Billion Deal

Nokia and Siemens are expected to announce a merger of their telecommunication network equipment businesses. Read more..

By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN - The New York Times

Treasury Bills Set for This Week

The Treasury's schedule of financing this week includes today's regular weekly auction of new three- and six-month bills and an auction of four-week bills tomorrow. Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

Try It; You Liked It Once, and Alka-Seltzer Hopes You Do Again

Kathy Griffin is appearing in a remake of a popular, humorous 1971 spot for Alka-Seltzer known as "Try it, you'll like it." Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

Video Game Makers Are Battling Sinking Stock Prices

While air has seeped steadily from the stock market, it has poured from the four major publicly traded game publishers. Read more..

By MATT RICHTEL - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Microsoft MSFT 22.14 22.60 22.12 22.55 130M
Intel INTC 18.51 18.64 18.20 18.24 61.5M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 14.35 14.56 14.18 14.29 35.6M
Cisco Systems CSCO 20.01 20.15 19.71 19.82 32.8M
HP Inc. HPQ 33.35 34.00 33.06 33.57 32.3M
Pfizer PFE 23.50 23.60 22.89 23.06 27.8M
Apple AAPL 57.83 58.18 57.00 57.20 25.2M
General Electric GE 33.83 33.95 33.64 33.72 20.4M
ExxonMobil XOM 58.77 58.81 57.21 57.39 20.2M
AT&T Inc. T 27.82 28.03 27.79 27.84 19.2M
Alphabet GOOGL 390.85 394.80 386.98 388.14 15.3M
ConocoPhillips COP 61.16 61.17 59.03 59.20 13M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 29.45 29.45 29.00 29.07 12.4M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 48.45 48.90 48.00 48.27 11.6M
Verizon Communications VZ 32.50 32.82 32.14 32.17 11.5M
Procter & Gamble PG 55.75 56.00 54.70 54.87 11.2M
Comcast CMCSA 32.94 33.11 32.24 32.32 11M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 61.60 61.68 61.32 61.35 9.99M
Home Depot HD 36.91 37.23 36.78 36.86 9.87M
Schlumberger SLB 58.10 58.11 55.78 55.91 9.62M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 40.17 40.46 39.75 39.95 9.09M
Amgen AMGN 67.09 67.16 65.41 65.75 8.93M
Altria MO 71.25 71.63 71.00 71.34 8.72M
Merck MRK 34.49 34.77 34.40 34.46 8.34M
Chevron CVX 58.72 58.72 57.11 57.51 8.14M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 42.96 42.96 42.24 42.32 6.85M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 44.49 44.50 43.31 43.50 6.74M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 25.33 25.51 25.15 25.42 6.14M
Coca-Cola KO 43.21 43.33 42.73 42.93 5.81M
International Business Machines IBM 78.06 78.30 77.34 77.67 5.3M
Boeing BA 85.65 86.23 84.31 84.76 4.34M
Gilead Sciences GILD 57.80 57.97 55.75 56.11 4.22M
Amazon AMZN 35.20 35.48 35.04 35.07 4.21M
McDonald's MCD 33.11 33.25 32.76 32.85 4.13M
Pepsico PEP 59.93 60.08 59.11 59.31 3.81M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 66.85 67.10 66.22 66.46 3.62M
United Technologies UTX 61.70 61.77 60.26 60.90 2.94M
3M MMM 80.70 80.70 78.89 79.43 2.45M
Union Pacific UNP 90.00 90.42 87.55 88.11 1.13M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3063.00 3089.00 3058.00 3088.00 19.7K
Exchange Rates of June 19, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 115.470 JPY 1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.121 CAD 1 CAD = 0.892 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.240 CHF 1 CHF = 0.806 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 8.006 CNY 1 CNY = 0.125 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 145.200 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.683 GBP 1 GBP = 1.464 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.706 AUD 1 AUD = 0.586 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.409 CAD 1 CAD = 0.710 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.559 CHF 1 CHF = 0.641 EUR
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.497 AUD 1 AUD = 0.400 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.062 CAD 1 CAD = 0.485 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2.282 CHF 1 CHF = 0.438 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.825 CAD 1 CAD = 1.212 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.913 CHF 1 CHF = 1.095 AUD

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