Financial news on June 21st, 2010

Business and Financial news
Allstate Adds Villain, With Car Insurance as the Hero

The actor Dean Winters is portraying Mayhem, personifying the dangers drivers face every day. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

Another View: Don’t Gut Proxy Access

Lucian A. Bebchuk, a Harvard law professor, argues that Congress should reject attempts to impose severe limits on the ability of shareholders to place director candidates on the corporate ballot. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

Bank Lobbyists Make a Run at Reform Measures

Maneuvering continues over risky wagers on the market and selling off hedge funds and private equity units. Read more..

By ERIC DASH and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ - The New York Times

Elle, Not Camera Shy, Embraces Reality TV

Despite some criticism of programs, the magazine’s editor is having no second thoughts as its overall audience grows. Read more..

By JEREMY W. PETERS - The New York Times

Environmental Cost of Shark Finning Is Getting Attention in Hong Kong

The debate in Hong Kong puts the spotlight on the evolving environmental attitudes of the world's most populous nation: China. Read more..

By BETTINA WASSENER - International Herald Tribune

House Agrees to Put Consumer Watchdog at Fed

House Democrats agreed to a Senate plan to make a financial consumer watchdog part of the Federal Reserve, instead of an independent agency. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

On Web Video, Captions Are Coming Slowly

For the deaf and hearing impaired, more captions are coming to the Web versions of shows on television, where captions are mandated. Read more..

By BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Shed Media Confirms Talks With Time Warner

Shed Media, the British television production company, on Monday confirmed that it was in deal talks with Warner Brothers Entertainment, a unit of Time Warner. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

The Tremors From a Coding Error

Investing is always an act of faith, but perhaps never more so than when you entrust your money to a quant fund. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE16.2116.4516.0316.1071.2M
Cisco SystemsCSCO23.8423.9423.1323.3454.8M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM39.5539.7838.6638.8733.7M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC28.4428.5027.7927.9430M
Oracle Corp.ORCL23.3723.6622.9823.0919.5M
AT&T Inc.T25.5825.6125.3525.4416.8M
Home DepotHD32.1732.2031.2431.4316.6M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT49.1649.2348.0648.3015.9M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT51.7151.8850.7151.0214.7M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ29.4029.4528.9529.0613.4M
HP Inc.HPQ48.3748.5047.2147.5112.7M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ59.5059.8058.9259.1312.1M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS35.5035.8334.8635.0611.4M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY25.8925.9525.3025.4411.1M
Procter & GamblePG61.7261.7960.7861.109.69M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B80.1080.4579.1579.818.38M
Gilead SciencesGILD36.1636.5035.9536.107.84M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH31.6131.8031.0531.157.11M
International Business MachinesIBM131.42131.94130.22130.656.86M
United TechnologiesUTX70.3470.6269.0469.374.52M
Union PacificUNP77.2678.3576.3676.833.8M
Exchange Rates of June 21st, 2010
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 91.030 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.023 CAD1 CAD = 0.977 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.112 CHF1 CHF = 0.899 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.798 CNY1 CNY = 0.147 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 112.090 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.835 GBP1 GBP = 1.198 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.406 AUD1 AUD = 0.711 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.260 CAD1 CAD = 0.794 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.370 CHF1 CHF = 0.730 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 8.374 CNY1 CNY = 0.119 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.744 GBP1 GBP = 1.344 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.254 AUD1 AUD = 0.798 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.124 CAD1 CAD = 0.890 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.221 CHF1 CHF = 0.819 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.684 AUD1 AUD = 0.594 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.510 CAD1 CAD = 0.662 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.641 CHF1 CHF = 0.609 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.019 CNY1 CNY = 0.100 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.896 CAD1 CAD = 1.116 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.974 CHF1 CHF = 1.027 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 5.954 CNY1 CNY = 0.168 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1.086 CHF1 CHF = 0.921 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.632 CNY1 CNY = 0.151 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.115 CNY1 CNY = 0.164 CHF

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