Financial news on February 21st, 2012

Business and Financial news
Campaign Promotes BBC America the Beautiful

A new campaign, concentrating on New York, seeks to raise the profile of BBC America, already available in about 75 million American households. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

For a ‘Select’ Few, Shoes Can Stay On

Joe Sharkey On the Road column notes eight United States airports use the PreCheck program, in which some select passengers pass through security checkpoints without having to remove their shoes and outer coats; notes that airports are clamoring for the program to be expanded and suggests there may be room for a public-private venture. Read more..

By JOE SHARKEY - The New York Times

High-End Retailers Report Strong Profits, but Walmart Still Struggles

Walmart, Macy’s, Home Depot and Saks Fifth Avenue all reported sales increases for their fourth quarters ending in January. But Walmart had to lower prices aggressively, hurting its profit. Read more..

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD - The New York Times

Hong Kong Investors Buying Sonia Rykiel Fashion House

Fung Brands is buying 80 percent of Sonia Rykiel, one of the few remaining independent fashion houses in France. Read more..

By DAVID JOLLY - The New York Times

Landing the Puddle-Jumper to Ask Directions

Frequent Flier column features environmental consultant Paula DiPerna discussing her flying experiences. Read more..

By PAULA DIPERNA - The New York Times

Some Doubt a Settlement Will End Mortgage Ills

Housing advocates are skeptical that new rules will provide underwater borrowers with a single point of contact to help them navigate the mortgage maze; architects of new $26 billion settlement say they are keenly aware of mortgage holders' complaints. Read more..

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ - The New York Times

Taser’s Latest Police Weapon: The Tiny Camera and the Cloud

Taser International introduces a new camera that clips to a collar or sunglasses and can record two hours of video, which could provide evidence in controversies over police officers’ use of force; video is stored in a cloud-computing system. Read more..

By QUENTIN HARDY - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
MicrosoftMSFT31.1831.6131.1531.4450.8M
General ElectricGE19.4219.5019.3219.4141.9M
Cisco SystemsCSCO20.3020.4920.1720.3641.2M
IntelINTC27.3427.3727.0127.1634.9M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC31.1431.4730.8130.9629.3M
AT&T Inc.T30.1030.4030.0730.3425.4M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT60.3360.5059.6760.0723.9M
PfizerPFE21.2621.3221.1221.2223.3M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM38.6538.9838.4138.4622.8M
AppleAAPL506.88514.85504.12514.8521.6M
Oracle Corp.ORCL28.8028.9828.4928.7420.6M
Home DepotHD48.0648.0746.6446.9220.5M
Gilead SciencesGILD46.5546.7544.5944.6919.4M
ExxonMobilXOM86.0486.7886.0486.5715.5M
ComcastCMCSA29.1129.1728.9129.0714.4M
HP Inc.HPQ29.5229.7229.1729.3514.3M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT56.3856.4056.0556.1614.1M
ConocoPhillipsCOP73.9474.1373.6273.8312.8M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY33.1633.1932.2532.3212.5M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ38.6138.7738.4338.4912M
MerckMRK38.4738.6438.0838.1310.9M
Procter & GamblePG64.9965.0764.3564.4210M
AltriaMO29.6629.7529.5729.628.71M
General MotorsGM27.3027.5526.9927.068.59M
SchlumbergerSLB78.9379.7778.2678.588.23M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ65.2365.2464.7565.048.08M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH54.9955.5354.8855.327.5M
ChevronCVX107.51108.50107.44108.417.15M
AmazonAMZN182.65184.75180.58182.266.76M
Coca-ColaKO68.8869.0568.5068.826.71M
AmgenAMGN67.4567.7866.6566.695.91M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS41.8041.9041.4941.575.68M
AlphabetGOOGL603.87617.88602.88614.004.96M
McDonald'sMCD100.12100.75100.00100.494.47M
BoeingBA75.6775.9575.0875.723.98M
United TechnologiesUTX84.3084.6483.2683.963.6M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B79.4479.8879.3179.633.32M
International Business MachinesIBM193.73194.24192.46193.393.29M
Union PacificUNP111.15112.18110.43111.783.1M
VisaV115.26116.00113.85114.202.7M
3MMMM87.7488.0587.4087.602.41M
PepsicoPEP63.0263.3962.9763.141.4M
Exchange Rates of February 21st, 2012
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 79.730 JPY1 JPY = 0.013 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 0.997 CAD1 CAD = 1.003 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 0.912 CHF1 CHF = 1.096 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.297 CNY1 CNY = 0.159 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 105.520 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.839 GBP1 GBP = 1.192 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.241 AUD1 AUD = 0.806 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.319 CAD1 CAD = 0.758 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.207 CHF1 CHF = 0.828 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 8.336 CNY1 CNY = 0.120 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.795 GBP1 GBP = 1.259 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.176 AUD1 AUD = 0.851 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.250 CAD1 CAD = 0.800 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.144 CHF1 CHF = 0.874 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.480 AUD1 AUD = 0.676 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.572 CAD1 CAD = 0.636 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.439 CHF1 CHF = 0.695 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 9.938 CNY1 CNY = 0.101 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 1.063 CAD1 CAD = 0.941 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.973 CHF1 CHF = 1.028 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.713 CNY1 CNY = 0.149 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.915 CHF1 CHF = 1.093 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.318 CNY1 CNY = 0.158 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.903 CNY1 CNY = 0.145 CHF

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