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

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
FacebookFB23.9624.1222.8222.9285M
IntelINTC19.9920.4519.7320.2569.4M
MicrosoftMSFT26.8026.8026.4726.7357.2M
Cisco SystemsCSCO18.2718.3418.1018.3040.6M
General ElectricGE20.4120.7220.3920.6638.3M
PfizerPFE24.0324.2423.8724.1435.8M
HP Inc.HPQ12.9713.4012.9413.3032.6M
AppleAAPL540.71567.50539.88565.7329.4M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM40.0940.7040.0940.5926.8M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC32.4832.6132.1532.4022.7M
Oracle Corp.ORCL30.2530.2629.8530.1422.6M
AT&T Inc.T33.4633.8932.7133.8221.7M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT63.2563.5262.6562.9218.1M
AltriaMO31.5832.5731.5532.5617.1M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ41.8742.8241.6742.8116.5M
Coca-ColaKO36.8537.2936.8137.2414.1M
ExxonMobilXOM87.4088.2087.0987.6712.9M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT68.1569.1367.6669.0212.8M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ69.5469.8169.0469.2512.3M
ComcastCMCSA35.8036.0335.5036.0110.7M
Home DepotHD62.4963.3462.3063.3310M
MerckMRK43.3243.4043.0943.349.19M
Gilead SciencesGILD74.7275.2473.7674.829.16M
Procter & GamblePG66.9967.9266.8667.928.74M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS47.7048.0347.4547.918.51M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY31.9132.0531.7832.038.24M
General MotorsGM24.2724.9424.1324.938M
ChevronCVX103.67104.35103.14104.356.85M
SchlumbergerSLB68.9570.7068.8470.696.74M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH52.2352.9151.8552.915.87M
ConocoPhillipsCOP55.6956.0155.4355.735.68M
McDonald'sMCD84.5485.0584.3785.045.56M
PepsicoPEP68.5768.8068.1668.785.51M
AlphabetGOOGL655.70668.92655.53668.214.73M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B86.7286.8886.1986.764.3M
United TechnologiesUTX76.0876.7375.6076.583.81M
AmgenAMGN85.4885.6784.6085.403.8M
VisaV144.00145.66143.66145.653.78M
AmazonAMZN228.32232.50227.45229.713.59M
International Business MachinesIBM188.62190.39188.30190.353.59M
BoeingBA71.4972.0871.0871.963.48M
3MMMM89.2589.7088.7789.572.69M
Union PacificUNP118.61119.72118.19119.712.1M
Exchange Rates of November 19, 2012
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 81.400 JPY1 JPY = 0.012 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 0.996 CAD1 CAD = 1.004 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 0.940 CHF1 CHF = 1.064 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.235 CNY1 CNY = 0.160 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 104.310 JPY1 JPY = 0.010 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.805 GBP1 GBP = 1.242 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.230 AUD1 AUD = 0.813 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.276 CAD1 CAD = 0.784 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.204 CHF1 CHF = 0.830 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 7.995 CNY1 CNY = 0.125 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.772 GBP1 GBP = 1.296 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.179 AUD1 AUD = 0.848 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.223 CAD1 CAD = 0.818 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.155 CHF1 CHF = 0.866 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.527 AUD1 AUD = 0.655 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.584 CAD1 CAD = 0.631 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.495 CHF1 CHF = 0.669 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 9.926 CNY1 CNY = 0.101 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 1.037 CAD1 CAD = 0.964 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.978 CHF1 CHF = 1.022 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.498 CNY1 CNY = 0.154 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.943 CHF1 CHF = 1.060 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.262 CNY1 CNY = 0.160 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.637 CNY1 CNY = 0.151 CHF

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