Financial news on November 19, 2009

Business and Financial news
A $25 App Phone? That’s Crazy Talk.

This week, Palm released a follow up to the Pre, a cheaper, thinner, lesser phone called the Pixi. The official price is $100 with a two-year Sprint contract, but Amazon is selling the thing for — are you sitting down? — $25. Read more..

By DAVID POGUE - The New York Times

App of the Week: RoadMate Is Easy to Use, but Costly

Magellan’s RoadMate iPhone app is useful, but the optional charging cradle pushes the price above many dash-top GPS units. Read more..

By ROY FURCHGOTT - The New York Times

Building an Online Bulwark to Fend Off Identity Fraud

A number of services go beyond reacting to identity thieves and instead aim to safeguard users’ personal information. Read more..

By RIVA RICHMOND - The New York Times

Conserving Power On a Netbook

Quitting unused programs and doing one thing at a time are among steps that can help maximize battery life. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Dueling Alliances Make Aid Offers to Japan Airlines

Delta offered $1 billion in aid to Japan Airlines, a proposal that American Airlines said it would top as the world’s biggest air carriers escalated a war for influence. Read more..

By HIROKO TABUCHI - The New York Times

Rising Prices of Drugs Lead to Call for Inquiry

Responding to news reports of unusually high wholesale price increases in brand-name prescription drugs, four House leaders and one senator asked for government reviews of the pricing practices. Read more..

By DUFF WILSON - The New York Times

Some Organizers Protest Their Union’s Tactics

Unite Here organizers are speaking out against what they say is a longstanding practice in which officials pressured subordinates to disclose personal information. Read more..

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE - The New York Times

U.S. Home Building Unexpectedly Slumps in October

Construction of new homes plunged as builders waited to see whether a tax credit for buyers would be extended, the government reported on Wednesday. Read more..

By JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ - The New York Times

Wade F. B. Thompson, Who Rebuilt Airstream Brand, Dies at 69

Mr. Thompson and his partner bought travel trailer businesses, including the popular Airstream brand, which they built up after a difficult period. Read more..

By DAVID SEGAL - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Intel INTC 19.40 19.40 18.95 19.30 109M
General Electric GE 15.92 15.96 15.57 15.76 69.8M
Microsoft MSFT 29.99 30.00 29.70 29.78 52M
Pfizer PFE 18.07 18.17 17.82 18.11 41.2M
Cisco Systems CSCO 23.87 23.88 23.41 23.68 38.1M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 28.59 28.63 28.14 28.32 30.8M
Comcast CMCSA 15.08 15.09 14.66 15.04 27.6M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 43.10 43.18 42.26 42.55 26.9M
AT&T Inc. T 26.18 26.21 25.96 26.11 24.1M
Merck MRK 35.09 35.72 34.76 35.33 24M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 24.45 24.49 23.85 24.03 21.4M
Apple AAPL 204.61 204.61 199.80 200.51 19.4M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 22.69 22.71 22.23 22.39 17.7M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 54.00 54.65 53.76 54.54 17.4M
ExxonMobil XOM 74.77 74.90 74.05 74.65 17.3M
HP Inc. HPQ 50.19 50.35 49.32 49.82 15.1M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 52.89 53.20 52.57 52.96 14.1M
Altria MO 19.32 19.36 19.11 19.21 13.4M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 62.32 62.32 62.32 62.32 13.3M
ConocoPhillips COP 53.20 53.29 52.39 52.56 12.7M
Home Depot HD 27.21 27.24 26.80 27.11 11.3M
Verizon Communications VZ 30.47 30.57 30.26 30.52 11.3M
Procter & Gamble PG 62.16 62.29 61.51 62.15 9.3M
Visa V 79.97 81.55 78.23 80.18 9.13M
Coca-Cola KO 56.24 56.98 56.04 56.88 9.08M
Chevron CVX 78.52 78.68 76.94 77.34 8.86M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 30.26 30.40 29.92 30.21 8.15M
Schlumberger SLB 66.25 66.32 64.07 64.54 7.78M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 28.66 28.72 27.87 28.63 6.99M
Amazon AMZN 130.54 130.54 128.48 128.99 6M
McDonald's MCD 63.94 63.94 63.05 63.41 5.85M
Gilead Sciences GILD 46.25 46.66 45.90 46.52 5.44M
International Business Machines IBM 127.28 127.84 126.51 127.54 5.31M
Amgen AMGN 55.89 56.24 55.50 56.06 4.98M
Pepsico PEP 62.10 62.10 61.35 61.88 4.39M
Alphabet GOOGL 573.77 574.00 570.00 572.99 4.33M
United Technologies UTX 68.48 68.48 67.29 68.01 4.21M
Union Pacific UNP 65.59 65.59 64.25 64.67 4.13M
Boeing BA 51.54 51.80 50.75 51.43 3.18M
3M MMM 77.46 77.64 76.22 77.25 2.53M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3450.00 3451.00 3427.50 3450.00 28.9K
Exchange Rates of November 19, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 88.970 JPY 1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.063 CAD 1 CAD = 0.941 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.013 CHF 1 CHF = 0.987 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.829 CNY 1 CNY = 0.146 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 132.800 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.895 GBP 1 GBP = 1.117 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.624 AUD 1 AUD = 0.616 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.587 CAD 1 CAD = 0.630 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.512 CHF 1 CHF = 0.662 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 10.190 CNY 1 CNY = 0.098 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.674 GBP 1 GBP = 1.484 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.222 AUD 1 AUD = 0.818 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.195 CAD 1 CAD = 0.837 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.138 CHF 1 CHF = 0.879 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.813 AUD 1 AUD = 0.551 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.772 CAD 1 CAD = 0.564 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.688 CHF 1 CHF = 0.592 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 11.367 CNY 1 CNY = 0.088 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.977 CAD 1 CAD = 1.024 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.930 CHF 1 CHF = 1.075 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6.280 CNY 1 CNY = 0.159 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.952 CHF 1 CHF = 1.050 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6.422 CNY 1 CNY = 0.156 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.740 CNY 1 CNY = 0.148 CHF

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