Financial news on March 20, 2008

Business and Financial news
2 Witnesses Tell Court of Threats by Detective

In some of the most colorful testimony so far in the Hollywood wiretapping trial, the actress Linda Doucett accused the private eye Anthony Pellicano of threatening them. Read more..

By DAVID M. HALBFINGER - The New York Times

At Bear Stearns, Meet the New Boss

James Dimon, the chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, attempted to win over executives at Bear Stearns who have vowed to fight his offer. Read more..

By LANDON THOMAS Jr. and ERIC DASH - The New York Times

Rival Decides Not to Buy Société Générale

Speculation that BNP Paribas might bid for Société Générale had simmered for weeks after the disclosure that a trader had exposed the bank to huge risk through unauthorized speculative bets. Read more..

By NICOLA CLARK - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
General Electric GE 36.57 37.74 35.59 37.49 111M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 42.91 46.45 42.47 45.97 72.8M
Cisco Systems CSCO 24.60 24.93 24.33 24.77 70.9M
Intel INTC 21.47 21.76 21.09 21.75 67.4M
Microsoft MSFT 28.74 29.22 28.59 29.18 60.2M
Pfizer PFE 20.63 20.70 20.48 20.59 54.8M
Visa V 58.47 65.00 57.50 64.35 49.7M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 30.83 32.80 30.58 32.55 47.7M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 19.86 20.17 19.56 20.08 45.4M
ExxonMobil XOM 83.97 85.41 82.75 85.00 45M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 50.93 53.49 50.78 53.23 44.5M
AT&T Inc. T 36.47 37.00 35.25 36.85 33.3M
Apple AAPL 131.12 133.29 129.18 133.27 32.5M
Comcast CMCSA 19.48 19.48 19.03 19.36 31.3M
HP Inc. HPQ 47.34 47.34 46.20 46.50 28.3M
ConocoPhillips COP 72.80 75.03 71.58 74.83 26.5M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 54.75 55.78 54.39 55.66 25.4M
Home Depot HD 26.97 28.17 26.84 28.06 22.2M
Alphabet GOOGL 427.32 435.70 417.50 433.55 19.8M
Verizon Communications VZ 35.91 36.30 35.10 36.12 19.4M
Chevron CVX 81.70 84.07 80.87 83.21 18.4M
Amgen AMGN 40.16 40.22 39.16 40.11 17.8M
Procter & Gamble PG 68.49 69.39 67.81 69.37 16.5M
Merck MRK 43.59 43.59 42.00 43.36 16.4M
Altria MO 70.78 71.00 70.00 70.26 16.4M
Coca-Cola KO 60.16 61.14 59.96 61.04 15.5M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 31.40 31.98 31.24 31.90 13.8M
McDonald's MCD 54.00 54.76 53.66 54.42 13.1M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 35.55 35.73 34.84 35.32 12.7M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 21.60 21.72 21.19 21.46 12.4M
Schlumberger SLB 79.44 82.04 78.95 80.64 12.3M
International Business Machines IBM 117.60 118.48 116.65 118.33 11.4M
Amazon AMZN 70.17 73.49 69.38 73.19 11.4M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 65.25 65.46 64.89 65.38 10.4M
Gilead Sciences GILD 48.28 48.46 47.05 48.43 10M
Boeing BA 73.73 75.00 72.72 74.80 8.09M
Pepsico PEP 70.50 71.42 70.00 71.19 7.36M
3M MMM 78.67 79.47 77.46 77.98 6.94M
United Technologies UTX 69.10 69.68 68.14 69.01 6.41M
Union Pacific UNP 124.02 124.45 118.25 122.06 6.01M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 4265.00 4350.00 4251.00 4348.00 29.7K
Exchange Rates of March 20, 2008
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 99.300 JPY 1 JPY = 0.010 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.024 CAD 1 CAD = 0.976 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.008 CHF 1 CHF = 0.992 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 7.053 CNY 1 CNY = 0.142 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 153.240 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.777 GBP 1 GBP = 1.287 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.715 AUD 1 AUD = 0.583 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.581 CAD 1 CAD = 0.633 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.555 CHF 1 CHF = 0.643 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.507 GBP 1 GBP = 1.972 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.118 AUD 1 AUD = 0.894 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.031 CAD 1 CAD = 0.970 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.014 CHF 1 CHF = 0.986 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.206 AUD 1 AUD = 0.453 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.033 CAD 1 CAD = 0.492 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2.000 CHF 1 CHF = 0.500 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.921 CAD 1 CAD = 1.086 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.906 CHF 1 CHF = 1.104 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.983 CHF 1 CHF = 1.017 CAD

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