Financial news on August 20th, 2009

Business and Financial news
A Lawsuit Tries to Get at Hackers Through the Banks They Attack

A volunteer group called Unspam Technologies hopes that knowing more about data thefts and victims will help improve security. Read more..

By SAUL HANSELL - The New York Times

A-List Stars Flailing at the Box Office

Studios aren’t giving up on stars but they are trying to pay them less or looking for cheaper alternatives. Read more..

By BROOKS BARNES - The New York Times

Countrywide Loses Ruling in Loan Suit

The ruling was a win for holders of mortgage-backed securities who sued Countrywide after it agreed to modify thousands of loans. Read more..


Macquarie and Everbright Propose Ventures in China

The funds will back projects in transportation and water utilities — industries that Beijing is trying to develop. Read more..

By CHRIS V. NICHOLSON - The New York Times

Toyota, Hybrid Innovator, Holds Back in Race to Go Electric

Mitsubishi and Nissan hope to leapfrog Toyota and G.M. by focusing on battery-powered cars rather than hybrids like the Prius and the Volt. Read more..

By HIROKO TABUCHI - The New York Times

YouTube in a Deal to Show Clips From CNN and TNT

Time Warner signs a deal to show short videos of all of its shows, including “Gossip Girl” and “Ellen DeGeneres,” on the video-sharing Web site. Read more..

By MIGUEL HELFT - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE13,6613,8813,5713,8163.9M
Cisco SystemsCSCO21,3721,9621,2021,8955.8M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC26,7027,7226,6927,4848.1M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM41,5342,6341,4842,4229.6M
Oracle Corp.ORCL21,7222,0521,6121,9421.2M
Home DepotHD26,7926,8126,5026,6814.2M
AT&T Inc.T25,4125,5825,2625,5413.7M
HP Inc.HPQ43,4844,0843,4143,9812.5M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT45,1945,4344,8345,2810.6M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS25,5325,9925,4725,8910M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ30,4530,8230,3630,7110M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ60,5561,1960,1860,469.96M
Gilead SciencesGILD45,4346,3245,1145,979.54M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT51,6051,8251,2551,719.3M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH28,0628,9428,0228,398.74M
Procter & GamblePG52,9353,1452,6553,028.47M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY22,2422,3722,1322,257.34M
United TechnologiesUTX55,9657,2655,8457,265.07M
International Business MachinesIBM118,44119,41118,10118,954.84M
Union PacificUNP60,3261,6459,7661,263.69M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3287,003289,003241,003274,5019.2K
Exchange Rates of August 20th, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 94,190 JPY1 JPY = 0,011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1,088 CAD1 CAD = 0,919 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1,063 CHF1 CHF = 0,940 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6,833 CNY1 CNY = 0,146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 134,190 JPY1 JPY = 0,007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0,863 GBP1 GBP = 1,159 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1,713 AUD1 AUD = 0,584 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1,550 CAD1 CAD = 0,645 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1,515 CHF1 CHF = 0,660 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9,735 CNY1 CNY = 0,103 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0,643 GBP1 GBP = 1,555 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1,276 AUD1 AUD = 0,784 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1,155 CAD1 CAD = 0,866 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1,129 CHF1 CHF = 0,886 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1,985 AUD1 AUD = 0,504 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1,796 CAD1 CAD = 0,557 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1,755 CHF1 CHF = 0,570 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 11,262 CNY1 CNY = 0,089 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0,904 CAD1 CAD = 1,106 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0,884 CHF1 CHF = 1,132 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 5,680 CNY1 CNY = 0,176 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0,977 CHF1 CHF = 1,024 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6,279 CNY1 CNY = 0,159 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6,424 CNY1 CNY = 0,156 CHF

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