Financial news on March 20, 2007

Business and Financial news
Barclays Confirms Talks to Buy Big Dutch Rival

The British bank confirmed that it was in exclusive talks with ABN Amro Holding about a possible takeover that could be the biggest in the financial services industry. Read more..

By JULIA WERDIGIER - The New York Times

Mini-Clinic and Pharmacy Right There in Terminal C

Harmony Pharmacy and Health Center, opening on Thursday at Newark Liberty International Airport, will be the first such retail service at an airport in the United States. Read more..

By JOE SHARKEY - The New York Times

MySpace Restrictions Upset Some Users

MySpace, the Web’s largest social network, has gradually been imposing limits on the software tools that users can embed in their pages. Read more..

By BRAD STONE - The New York Times

Packing 100 Pairs of Shoes

Delivering shoes to people in the developing world proves to be an adventurous, and sometimes dangerous, job. Read more..

By Paul Wilson, as told to Christopher Elliott - The New York Times

State Farm Skirts Judge in New Hurricane Plan

Mississippi’s largest insurer said it would work through state regulators to speed the flow of money to storm victims, losing the court’s oversight. Read more..

By JOSEPH B. TREASTER - The New York Times

Two Directors of Home Depot Will Not Seek Re-election

The company gave no reason for the departures nor did it say if the company had chosen successors for the directors. Read more..

By JULIE CRESWELL - The New York Times

Two Members of Home Depot Board Will Not Stand for Re-Election

The board has been working to regain investors' trust after coming under fire for the sky-high compensation package paid to former chief executive Robert Nardelli. Read more..

By JULIE CRESWELL - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Oracle Corp. ORCL 17.25 17.70 17.14 17.55 65.8M
Intel INTC 19.04 19.13 18.92 18.99 62.9M
Microsoft MSFT 27.93 28.16 27.76 27.84 47.9M
Cisco Systems CSCO 26.33 26.48 26.10 26.34 44M
General Electric GE 34.63 34.85 34.50 34.77 28.3M
Pfizer PFE 25.45 25.61 25.20 25.54 25.4M
ExxonMobil XOM 71.12 72.00 71.02 72.00 23.7M
HP Inc. HPQ 40.10 40.25 39.56 39.61 22M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 53.24 54.48 53.03 54.48 17.5M
Apple AAPL 91.35 91.84 91.06 91.48 17.5M
AT&T Inc. T 37.53 38.04 37.37 37.91 17M
ConocoPhillips COP 65.84 66.41 64.97 66.31 16.4M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 46.48 47.40 46.44 47.30 15.3M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 47.51 47.88 47.33 47.75 14.5M
Comcast CMCSA 25.90 26.39 25.68 26.28 13.6M
Altria MO 85.22 85.83 84.81 85.83 13.6M
Schlumberger SLB 66.10 66.70 64.78 65.80 12.4M
Amgen AMGN 59.04 59.73 59.03 59.43 11.4M
Home Depot HD 37.65 38.00 37.50 37.93 11.1M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 34.25 34.67 34.20 34.61 10.1M
Verizon Communications VZ 36.67 37.00 36.45 36.98 9.99M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 60.78 61.34 60.65 61.07 9.87M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 54.30 54.91 53.88 54.10 9.08M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 26.94 27.46 26.82 27.15 8.33M
Chevron CVX 69.39 70.14 69.19 70.05 8.24M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 34.05 34.43 33.97 34.38 7.29M
Coca-Cola KO 47.42 47.75 47.24 47.62 7.23M
Alphabet GOOGL 445.79 447.60 443.60 445.28 6.84M
Gilead Sciences GILD 72.25 73.58 72.25 72.81 6.82M
Procter & Gamble PG 61.98 62.34 61.80 62.28 6.52M
Merck MRK 43.70 43.80 43.14 43.63 5.93M
International Business Machines IBM 94.00 94.53 93.55 94.50 4.56M
Pepsico PEP 62.69 63.51 62.66 63.40 4.35M
McDonald's MCD 43.95 44.35 43.74 44.31 3.93M
Amazon AMZN 38.53 38.69 38.23 38.58 3.8M
Boeing BA 90.32 90.93 90.02 90.16 3.49M
Union Pacific UNP 99.61 100.89 99.29 100.44 3.16M
United Technologies UTX 65.28 65.34 64.76 65.24 2.64M
3M MMM 76.49 76.50 76.04 76.38 2.38M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3592.00 3602.00 3555.00 3599.00 14.5K
Exchange Rates of March 20, 2007
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 117.270 JPY 1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.161 CAD 1 CAD = 0.861 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.212 CHF 1 CHF = 0.825 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 7.737 CNY 1 CNY = 0.129 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 156.170 JPY 1 JPY = 0.006 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.679 GBP 1 GBP = 1.473 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.657 AUD 1 AUD = 0.604 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.547 CAD 1 CAD = 0.647 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.614 CHF 1 CHF = 0.620 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.434 GBP 1 GBP = 2.302 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.060 AUD 1 AUD = 0.943 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.990 CAD 1 CAD = 1.010 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.033 CHF 1 CHF = 0.968 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.441 AUD 1 AUD = 0.410 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.278 CAD 1 CAD = 0.439 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2.376 CHF 1 CHF = 0.421 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.933 CAD 1 CAD = 1.072 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.973 CHF 1 CHF = 1.028 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 1.043 CHF 1 CHF = 0.959 CAD

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