Financial news on March 21, 2011

Business and Financial news
Battle for Control of Parmalat Attracts Attention of Italian Companies

The Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo said it could team up with Ferrero, the maker of Nutella, to help keep Parmalat in Italian hands. Read more..

By REUTERS - International Herald Tribune

Cellphone Reception Is Getting Worse

Calls on smartphones and traditional cellphones have worsened over the last six months. The city with the worst reception is Washington. Read more..

By ALEX MINDLIN - The New York Times

From a Food Giant, a Broad Effort to Feed Hungry Children

ConAgra Foods is seeking to raise the visibility of its social cause — ending child hunger — with a marketing campaign that includes social media and a network-TV special. Read more..

By ELIZABETH OLSON - The New York Times

Japan Factories Take Steps to Resume Production

The announcement that Nissan would restart production was among a handful of encouraging signs for Japan’s economy in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami. Read more..

By NICK BUNKLEY and DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI - The New York Times

Morning Take-Out

Highlights from the DealBook newsletter. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

News From the Advertising Industry

Account assignments, executive appointments and miscellaneous news about advertisers. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

Rush of Events Gives Foreign News a Top Priority

Television news coverage of foreign events this year is at the highest level since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, putting strains on journalists covering foreign news. Read more..

By BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Shares of Sprint Down on AT&T Deal with T-Mobile

On Monday afternoon, shares of Sprint were down nearly 16 percent, to $4.26, as investors fretted about the fate of the nation’s third-largest carrier. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

Times’s Online Pay Model Was Years in the Making

The New York Times’s online pay model, which takes effect on March 28, may be the most watched experiment in American journalism. Read more..

By JEREMY W. PETERS - The New York Times

Treasury Auctions Set for This Week

The following tax-exempt fixed-income issues are scheduled for pricing this week. Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
AT&T Inc. T 28.77 29.10 28.09 28.26 62M
Cisco Systems CSCO 17.34 17.55 17.30 17.39 57.4M
General Electric GE 19.68 19.80 19.55 19.72 53M
Pfizer PFE 20.32 20.38 19.93 19.98 47.6M
Microsoft MSFT 25.18 25.58 25.15 25.33 46.9M
Intel INTC 19.90 20.39 19.88 20.19 43.4M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 32.24 32.25 31.46 31.88 32.9M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 46.28 46.32 45.32 45.63 29M
Verizon Communications VZ 36.66 37.30 36.38 36.46 27M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 31.45 31.85 31.30 31.42 23.2M
ExxonMobil XOM 81.87 83.33 81.86 82.84 18.2M
ConocoPhillips COP 77.16 77.97 76.67 77.55 16.2M
Comcast CMCSA 24.15 24.34 23.91 24.17 16M
Merck MRK 32.09 32.58 32.04 32.39 15.3M
Apple AAPL 335.99 339.74 335.26 339.30 14.6M
HP Inc. HPQ 41.85 42.10 41.65 41.77 14.4M
General Motors GM 32.24 32.30 31.23 31.28 13.2M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 48.13 48.23 47.83 48.03 12.2M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 58.67 59.16 58.67 58.83 10.7M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 25.93 26.18 25.83 26.00 10.6M
Altria MO 24.96 25.24 24.90 25.15 10.5M
Procter & Gamble PG 60.96 61.52 60.80 61.30 9.6M
Chevron CVX 103.86 105.20 103.20 105.19 8.79M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 51.73 52.00 51.68 51.92 8.72M
Schlumberger SLB 87.14 89.74 87.14 89.73 8.19M
Home Depot HD 36.29 36.70 36.28 36.43 7.7M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 41.46 41.99 40.99 41.82 7.13M
Pepsico PEP 63.85 64.30 63.50 64.10 6.52M
Coca-Cola KO 63.13 63.86 63.05 63.57 6.27M
Alphabet GOOGL 570.22 579.80 569.02 576.50 6.04M
Gilead Sciences GILD 40.56 40.94 40.25 40.26 5.86M
International Business Machines IBM 157.64 159.63 157.07 157.68 5.78M
McDonald's MCD 73.50 74.23 73.38 73.76 5.35M
Boeing BA 70.29 71.68 70.04 71.20 5.3M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 84.06 85.20 83.75 85.17 4.71M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 42.83 43.43 42.66 43.19 4.59M
Amgen AMGN 53.75 53.94 53.05 53.09 4.29M
Amazon AMZN 163.37 165.79 161.72 164.53 4.06M
Visa V 71.84 72.32 71.63 71.96 3.7M
3M MMM 90.27 91.80 90.17 90.95 3.58M
United Technologies UTX 81.30 82.02 80.92 81.46 3.26M
Union Pacific UNP 95.80 96.94 95.35 96.57 1.93M
Exchange Rates of March 21, 2011
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 81.100 JPY 1 JPY = 0.012 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 0.978 CAD 1 CAD = 1.022 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.905 CHF 1 CHF = 1.105 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.565 CNY 1 CNY = 0.152 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 115.310 JPY 1 JPY = 0.009 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.872 GBP 1 GBP = 1.147 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.413 AUD 1 AUD = 0.708 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.391 CAD 1 CAD = 0.719 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.287 CHF 1 CHF = 0.777 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 9.336 CNY 1 CNY = 0.107 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.756 GBP 1 GBP = 1.323 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.224 AUD 1 AUD = 0.817 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.206 CAD 1 CAD = 0.829 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.116 CHF 1 CHF = 0.896 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.620 AUD 1 AUD = 0.617 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.595 CAD 1 CAD = 0.627 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.475 CHF 1 CHF = 0.678 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 10.703 CNY 1 CNY = 0.093 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.984 CAD 1 CAD = 1.016 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.911 CHF 1 CHF = 1.098 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6.610 CNY 1 CNY = 0.151 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.925 CHF 1 CHF = 1.081 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6.711 CNY 1 CNY = 0.149 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 7.254 CNY 1 CNY = 0.138 CHF

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