Financial news on November 20, 2009

Business and Financial news
A Lowly Grass Moves Up

Bamboo continues to gain favor as a modern, eco-friendly material for construction. Read more..

By ALEXANDRA S. SENO - The New York Times

AOL to Cut One-Third of Its Staff

AOL said on Thursday that about 2,500 jobs will be lost after it is spun off from Time Warner next month. Read more..

By TIM ARANGO - The New York Times

Google to Add Captions, Improving YouTube Videos

The move is the first major step toward making millions of videos accessible to deaf and hearing-impaired people. Read more..

By MIGUEL HELFT - The New York Times

Media Mogul's Battle With Deutsche Bank Escalates

German prosecutors said they filed fraud charges against the former chairman of Deutsche Bank in the latest development in Leo Kirch’s legal battle against the bank. Read more..

By CHRIS V. NICHOLSON - International Herald Tribune

Moody’s and S&P Scale Back Business in Australia

Standard & Poor’s has joined Moody’s in withdrawing its application to supply ratings of corporate bonds and other debt-based securities to retail investors after new rules were announced this month. Read more..

By CHRIS V. NICHOLSON - International Herald Tribune

O.E.C.D. Cautious in Economic Forecast

Stimulus spending in countries like China have helped bolster member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, but the economic outlook remains weak, it said. Read more..

By DAVID JOLLY - International Herald Tribune

Panel Votes to Broaden Oversight of the Fed

Rejecting warnings by the Obama administration, a committee approved a plan by Representative Ron Paul to carry out sweeping new audits of the central bank’s policy decisions and operations. Read more..

By EDMUND L. ANDREWS - The New York Times

U.S. Mortgage Delinquencies Reach a Record High

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s quarterly survey found that one in seven homeowners was either late on payments or was already in foreclosure. Read more..

By DAVID STREITFELD - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
General Electric GE 15,66 15,72 15,45 15,59 63.9M
Pfizer PFE 18,15 18,48 18,12 18,36 61M
Intel INTC 19,16 19,31 19,08 19,24 49.1M
Microsoft MSFT 29,66 29,77 29,43 29,62 42.6M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 28,21 28,28 27,66 27,87 41.9M
Merck MRK 35,45 36,67 35,33 36,46 36.4M
Cisco Systems CSCO 23,50 23,57 23,30 23,46 36.3M
Comcast CMCSA 15,03 15,09 14,94 15,01 33.6M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 42,47 42,74 42,15 42,46 25.3M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 23,92 24,50 23,89 24,46 24.7M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 22,27 22,39 22,18 22,34 24.5M
AT&T Inc. T 26,10 26,29 26,00 26,02 23.7M
Altria MO 19,16 19,17 18,88 18,98 19.9M
ExxonMobil XOM 74,38 74,81 74,03 74,38 19.3M
Home Depot HD 26,98 27,27 26,74 27,18 17.6M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 61,82 62,62 61,72 62,31 16.3M
ConocoPhillips COP 52,28 52,55 51,63 52,08 15.5M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 54,53 54,87 54,00 54,28 15.1M
Apple AAPL 199,15 200,39 197,76 199,92 14.5M
HP Inc. HPQ 49,58 50,27 49,51 50,04 14.4M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 53,25 53,74 52,84 53,64 13.3M
Procter & Gamble PG 62,00 62,22 61,48 61,80 12.4M
Verizon Communications VZ 30,38 30,53 30,30 30,43 12.1M
Chevron CVX 76,85 77,23 76,40 76,77 10.6M
Coca-Cola KO 56,69 57,69 56,69 57,48 10.3M
Amgen AMGN 55,79 55,79 55,12 55,38 9.49M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 30,07 30,25 29,85 30,01 9.21M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 28,30 28,77 28,30 28,56 9.01M
McDonald's MCD 63,36 64,19 63,25 63,97 8.85M
Schlumberger SLB 64,22 64,53 62,85 63,34 8.52M
Amazon AMZN 127,76 129,99 127,41 129,66 6.65M
International Business Machines IBM 127,17 127,69 126,46 126,96 5.35M
Pepsico PEP 61,67 62,31 61,43 62,08 5.31M
Gilead Sciences GILD 46,29 46,64 46,05 46,39 4.94M
Boeing BA 51,12 51,89 51,07 51,70 4.7M
Alphabet GOOGL 569,50 571,60 569,40 569,96 4.01M
Union Pacific UNP 64,54 65,25 64,30 65,05 3.64M
United Technologies UTX 67,73 68,11 67,49 67,97 3.36M
Visa V 79,72 80,44 79,63 80,00 3.13M
3M MMM 77,12 77,22 76,25 76,64 3.03M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3443,00 3459,00 3436,00 3447,00 23.1K
Exchange Rates of November 20, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 88,860 JPY 1 JPY = 0,011 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1,070 CAD 1 CAD = 0,935 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1,018 CHF 1 CHF = 0,983 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6,829 CNY 1 CNY = 0,146 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 132,050 JPY 1 JPY = 0,008 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0,901 GBP 1 GBP = 1,110 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,624 AUD 1 AUD = 0,616 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,590 CAD 1 CAD = 0,629 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1,513 CHF 1 CHF = 0,661 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 10,149 CNY 1 CNY = 0,099 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0,682 GBP 1 GBP = 1,467 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,230 AUD 1 AUD = 0,813 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,204 CAD 1 CAD = 0,831 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1,145 CHF 1 CHF = 0,873 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,804 AUD 1 AUD = 0,554 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,766 CAD 1 CAD = 0,566 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1,679 CHF 1 CHF = 0,596 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 11,260 CNY 1 CNY = 0,089 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0,978 CAD 1 CAD = 1,022 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0,931 CHF 1 CHF = 1,075 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6,245 CNY 1 CNY = 0,160 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0,951 CHF 1 CHF = 1,052 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6,381 CNY 1 CNY = 0,157 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6,710 CNY 1 CNY = 0,149 CHF

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