Financial news on September 21, 2009

Business and Financial news
An Auto Executive in Debt Blames the Loss of His Bonus

James Press, deputy chief executive of Chrysler, is being sued by his credit union for unpaid loans, and faces tax liens from the I.R.S. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

A Tax on Cadillac Health Plans May Also Hit the Chevys

A proposed tax on expensive insurance policies to help raise money for the nation’s health care overhaul could also affect modest plans. Read more..

By REED ABELSON - The New York Times

Britain Lends an Ear to Big Media Pleas

Recent statements by the British government indicate it has begun paying attention to entreaties for relief from digital piracy and an economic downturn that has decimated advertising. Read more..

By ERIC PFANNER - International Herald Tribune

Congress Presses for Details From Bank of America on Talks

Bank of America is being told by a House Democrat that it cannot use attorney-client privilege to withhold legal conversations about acquiring Merrill Lynch. Read more..

By LOUISE STORY - The New York Times

Disney Faces Rights Issues Over Marvel

The legal notices expressed an intent by Jack Kirby’s heirs to regain copyrights to some of the superhero characters he created for Marvel. Read more..

By MICHAEL CIEPLY and BROOKS BARNES - The New York Times

Doubts Fade and Couric Is Energized

With her contract expiring in 2011, Katie Couric is again fielding questions about what’s next, but now without suggestions of an early exit. Read more..

By BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Hybrid Internet-TV Makes Progress in Europe

A TV cooking program will be able to offer Internet links to merchandisers that sell ingredients for the featured recipe. Read more..

By ERIC PFANNER - The New York Times

Ivory Coast Toxic-Dump Case Settled, Company Says

Trafigura said that it had agreed to pay as many as 30,000 residents of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, who said they were injured by toxic dumping. Read more..

By DAVID JOLLY - International Herald Tribune

Patent Auctions Offer Protections to Inventors

Instead of spending millions in protracted legal battles, some inventors are turning to firms that will auction their rights to the highest bidders. Read more..

By STEVE LOHR - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
General Electric GE 16.43 16.89 16.24 16.76 109M
Cisco Systems CSCO 23.20 23.85 23.18 23.63 51.1M
Intel INTC 19.47 19.76 19.42 19.54 36.2M
Pfizer PFE 16.54 16.71 16.47 16.64 36M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 28.39 28.69 28.15 28.29 34.4M
Microsoft MSFT 25.11 25.37 25.10 25.30 28.9M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 21.56 21.82 21.50 21.57 25.5M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 44.54 44.80 44.22 44.55 24.1M
AT&T Inc. T 26.88 26.95 26.66 26.87 23.4M
Verizon Communications VZ 29.64 29.82 29.32 29.49 21.5M
ExxonMobil XOM 69.15 69.68 69.00 69.57 18M
Altria MO 17.86 18.04 17.75 18.04 16.5M
Apple AAPL 184.29 185.16 181.62 184.02 15.6M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 50.03 50.97 50.02 50.91 15.3M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 45.81 46.65 45.80 46.52 14.9M
Comcast CMCSA 17.23 17.32 17.09 17.26 14.4M
Merck MRK 31.79 32.08 31.60 31.82 13.6M
ConocoPhillips COP 46.14 46.34 45.79 46.15 12.5M
Coca-Cola KO 53.48 53.76 52.78 53.00 12.4M
Procter & Gamble PG 57.35 57.46 56.75 57.10 11.7M
HP Inc. HPQ 45.63 46.48 45.51 46.35 11.5M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 28.12 28.18 27.66 28.00 10.9M
McDonald's MCD 56.54 56.75 55.83 56.14 9.82M
Chevron CVX 71.59 72.39 71.47 72.05 9.38M
Home Depot HD 27.96 28.40 27.84 28.14 8.92M
Amgen AMGN 62.22 62.37 61.17 62.31 8.26M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 28.45 28.94 28.22 28.59 8.26M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 22.49 22.72 22.32 22.57 8M
Pepsico PEP 59.52 59.66 58.81 59.02 7.79M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 60.45 60.89 60.42 60.67 7.24M
Schlumberger SLB 60.46 61.01 59.80 60.79 5.69M
Gilead Sciences GILD 45.86 46.75 45.83 46.63 5.28M
International Business Machines IBM 121.03 122.08 120.88 121.57 4.52M
Alphabet GOOGL 487.74 498.90 486.22 497.00 4.23M
Amazon AMZN 89.69 90.76 88.48 90.56 4.21M
United Technologies UTX 62.47 63.02 62.30 62.67 3.69M
Visa V 73.07 74.30 73.01 73.39 3.24M
Boeing BA 52.60 53.36 52.42 52.86 3.08M
3M MMM 73.91 74.68 73.91 74.54 2.56M
Union Pacific UNP 61.91 62.24 61.25 61.55 2.3M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3355.00 3359.00 3318.00 3321.00 25.5K
Exchange Rates of September 21, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 91.920 JPY 1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.078 CAD 1 CAD = 0.927 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.032 CHF 1 CHF = 0.969 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.829 CNY 1 CNY = 0.146 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 135.000 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.905 GBP 1 GBP = 1.104 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.701 AUD 1 AUD = 0.588 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.582 CAD 1 CAD = 0.632 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.515 CHF 1 CHF = 0.660 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 10.022 CNY 1 CNY = 0.100 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.670 GBP 1 GBP = 1.492 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.260 AUD 1 AUD = 0.794 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.172 CAD 1 CAD = 0.853 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.122 CHF 1 CHF = 0.891 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.878 AUD 1 AUD = 0.532 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.747 CAD 1 CAD = 0.572 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.673 CHF 1 CHF = 0.598 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 11.058 CNY 1 CNY = 0.090 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.930 CAD 1 CAD = 1.075 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.891 CHF 1 CHF = 1.123 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 5.892 CNY 1 CNY = 0.170 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.957 CHF 1 CHF = 1.045 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6.333 CNY 1 CNY = 0.158 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.613 CNY 1 CNY = 0.151 CHF

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