Financial news on November 19, 2012

Business and Financial news
A Cable Channel for Pre-Schoolers Expands Its Reach

Ratings and ad revenue have steadily increased at PBS Kids Sprout, preschooler-oriented network that has been picked up by a growing number of cable providers. Read more..

By ELIZABETH JENSEN - The New York Times

Can Hollande Bring the Changes France Needs?

The president has started softening up the population on the need for changes, but it is not clear that he can press further after losing the trust of parts of the business community and the electorate. Read more..

By HUGO DIXON | REUTERS - International Herald Tribune

Investors Rush to Beat Threat of Higher Taxes

Business owners and investors are rapidly maneuvering to shield themselves from the prospect of higher taxes in 2013, strategy that is sending ripples across Wall Street and broad areas of the economy; overriding goal of wealthy is to record as much future income this year as possible through moves as diverse as sales of businesses, one-time dividends and the sale of stocks that have been big winners. Read more..

By NATHANIEL POPPER and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ - 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

Opportunists Stockpile Twinkies for Big Payday

Taking to the Web sites eBay and Craigslist, people have begun marketing their hoards to whimsical collectors and junk-food lovers for hundreds, in some cases thousands, of dollars. Read more..

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - International Herald Tribune

Spain Seeks Investment From Latin America

Spanish Prime Min Mariano Rajoy, facing a steep recession, uses a weekend summit meeting to try to persuade Latin American leaders to invest more in his country. Read more..

By RAPHAEL MINDER - The New York Times

The Tablet Market Grows Cluttered

Tablets were supposed to be a simple alternative to the bloated personal computer market. But now that the iPad has strong competitors, shopping decisions are becoming harder. Read more..

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and BRIAN X. CHEN - The New York Times

Washington Post’s Chief Falters Anew

David Carr The Media Equation column criticizes Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth's decision to replace executive editor Marcus Brauchli; contends that Weymouth is still struggling to get a good grasp on her company, which is facing significant market challenges, four years into her tenure. Read more..

By DAVID CARR - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Facebook FB 23.96 24.12 22.82 22.92 85M
Intel INTC 19.99 20.45 19.73 20.25 69.4M
Microsoft MSFT 26.80 26.80 26.47 26.73 57.2M
Cisco Systems CSCO 18.27 18.34 18.10 18.30 40.6M
General Electric GE 20.41 20.72 20.39 20.66 38.3M
Pfizer PFE 24.03 24.24 23.87 24.14 35.8M
HP Inc. HPQ 12.97 13.40 12.94 13.30 32.6M
Apple AAPL 540.71 567.50 539.88 565.73 29.4M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 40.09 40.70 40.09 40.59 26.8M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 32.48 32.61 32.15 32.40 22.7M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 30.25 30.26 29.85 30.14 22.6M
AT&T Inc. T 33.46 33.89 32.71 33.82 21.7M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 63.25 63.52 62.65 62.92 18.1M
Altria MO 31.58 32.57 31.55 32.56 17.1M
Verizon Communications VZ 41.87 42.82 41.67 42.81 16.5M
Coca-Cola KO 36.85 37.29 36.81 37.24 14.1M
ExxonMobil XOM 87.40 88.20 87.09 87.67 12.9M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 68.15 69.13 67.66 69.02 12.8M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 69.54 69.81 69.04 69.25 12.3M
Comcast CMCSA 35.80 36.03 35.50 36.01 10.7M
Home Depot HD 62.49 63.34 62.30 63.33 10M
Merck MRK 43.32 43.40 43.09 43.34 9.19M
Gilead Sciences GILD 74.72 75.24 73.76 74.82 9.16M
Procter & Gamble PG 66.99 67.92 66.86 67.92 8.74M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 47.70 48.03 47.45 47.91 8.51M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 31.91 32.05 31.78 32.03 8.24M
General Motors GM 24.27 24.94 24.13 24.93 8M
Chevron CVX 103.67 104.35 103.14 104.35 6.85M
Schlumberger SLB 68.95 70.70 68.84 70.69 6.74M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 52.23 52.91 51.85 52.91 5.87M
ConocoPhillips COP 55.69 56.01 55.43 55.73 5.68M
McDonald's MCD 84.54 85.05 84.37 85.04 5.56M
Pepsico PEP 68.57 68.80 68.16 68.78 5.51M
Alphabet GOOGL 655.70 668.92 655.53 668.21 4.73M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 86.72 86.88 86.19 86.76 4.3M
United Technologies UTX 76.08 76.73 75.60 76.58 3.81M
Amgen AMGN 85.48 85.67 84.60 85.40 3.8M
Visa V 144.00 145.66 143.66 145.65 3.78M
Amazon AMZN 228.32 232.50 227.45 229.71 3.59M
International Business Machines IBM 188.62 190.39 188.30 190.35 3.59M
Boeing BA 71.49 72.08 71.08 71.96 3.48M
3M MMM 89.25 89.70 88.77 89.57 2.69M
Union Pacific UNP 118.61 119.72 118.19 119.71 2.1M
Exchange Rates of November 19, 2012
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 81.400 JPY 1 JPY = 0.012 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 0.996 CAD 1 CAD = 1.004 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.940 CHF 1 CHF = 1.064 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.235 CNY 1 CNY = 0.160 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 104.310 JPY 1 JPY = 0.010 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.805 GBP 1 GBP = 1.242 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.230 AUD 1 AUD = 0.813 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.276 CAD 1 CAD = 0.784 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.204 CHF 1 CHF = 0.830 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 7.995 CNY 1 CNY = 0.125 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.772 GBP 1 GBP = 1.296 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.179 AUD 1 AUD = 0.848 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.223 CAD 1 CAD = 0.818 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.155 CHF 1 CHF = 0.866 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.527 AUD 1 AUD = 0.655 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.584 CAD 1 CAD = 0.631 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.495 CHF 1 CHF = 0.669 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9.926 CNY 1 CNY = 0.101 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 1.037 CAD 1 CAD = 0.964 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.978 CHF 1 CHF = 1.022 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6.498 CNY 1 CNY = 0.154 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.943 CHF 1 CHF = 1.060 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6.262 CNY 1 CNY = 0.160 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.637 CNY 1 CNY = 0.151 CHF

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