Financial news on December 22, 2009

Business and Financial news
A Proposal From Apple to Offer Online TV Subscriptions Stirs Network Interest

ABC and CBS are among the networks that are considering joining an Apple venture, people close to the talks said. Read more..

By BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Chinese Withdraw Offer for Nevada Gold Concern

Federal officials had raised “serious, significant and consequential national security” concerns about the purchase of Firstgold, a small Nevada mine. Read more..

By ERIC LIPTON - The New York Times

Desert Vistas vs. Solar Power

Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to protect a million acres of the Mojave Desert in California by scuttling planned solar plants and wind farms. Read more..

By TODD WOODY - The New York Times

G.M. Hires Finance Chief From Microsoft

Christopher Liddell helped cut costs at Microsoft, and with his new role as G.M.’s finance chief, he might be in the running for the top job at the automaker. Read more..

By NICK BUNKLEY - The New York Times

Paying With Plastic to Please the Accountants

Many companies are tracking and evaluating even the little expenses and are asking employees to use credit cards instead of cash whenever possible. Read more..

By JOE SHARKEY - The New York Times

The Science of Managing Search Ads

More than a million businesses use Google’s search advertising system to attract customers, a strategy combining gamesmanship with frequent data analysis. Read more..

By MIGUEL HELFT - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY25.8626.2025.5125.5949.9M
General ElectricGE15.5715.6915.4315.4848.2M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC27.2627.3026.6727.1645.7M
MicrosoftMSFT30.6030.9330.5430.8236.3M
IntelINTC20.1520.3019.9520.0436.1M
PfizerPFE18.8018.8718.5418.6135.9M
ExxonMobilXOM68.6269.2168.5068.5727.9M
Cisco SystemsCSCO23.6323.8723.5723.7527.1M
AT&T Inc.T27.7327.9527.5627.9026M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM42.0042.1041.6941.9424.8M
Oracle Corp.ORCL24.5124.6324.2424.4623.8M
MerckMRK37.7937.9837.5537.7514.1M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ33.1233.3733.0433.2012.9M
ComcastCMCSA17.4417.4617.1317.2012.9M
AltriaMO19.8019.9319.7919.8712.7M
AppleAAPL199.44200.85198.66200.3612.5M
HP Inc.HPQ51.9452.6151.9052.4612.2M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT53.4653.7553.2553.3412M
Home DepotHD29.0529.4228.9629.2911.8M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH32.3932.5132.1832.3210.4M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT54.0454.2954.0254.1210.1M
ConocoPhillipsCOP50.6750.9950.5450.849.95M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS32.3132.5032.2232.319.16M
AmazonAMZN133.76135.99132.65133.758.26M
VisaV87.6687.9785.8686.307.2M
Procter & GamblePG61.1461.5061.0261.307.18M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ64.3164.8164.3164.537.12M
ChevronCVX77.8378.0477.2977.496.77M
Coca-ColaKO57.1557.5857.0957.276.06M
PepsicoPEP60.5760.7960.2560.636.03M
Gilead SciencesGILD43.3043.7543.1243.245.87M
International Business MachinesIBM129.30129.98129.19129.935.54M
SchlumbergerSLB64.0464.7563.7563.984.91M
AmgenAMGN57.2757.5657.0757.224.22M
United TechnologiesUTX69.3869.8669.2169.354.01M
AlphabetGOOGL601.34601.50598.85601.123.76M
BoeingBA54.3855.3754.3155.103.67M
McDonald'sMCD62.6863.0962.6662.973.42M
Union PacificUNP64.6765.1964.5965.052.47M
3MMMM81.8582.3181.5581.961.84M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3306.003306.003286.503305.0022.3K
Exchange Rates of December 22, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 91.820 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.057 CAD1 CAD = 0.946 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.049 CHF1 CHF = 0.953 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.830 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 130.830 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.892 GBP1 GBP = 1.121 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.625 AUD1 AUD = 0.615 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.507 CAD1 CAD = 0.664 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.495 CHF1 CHF = 0.669 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.735 CNY1 CNY = 0.103 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.682 GBP1 GBP = 1.467 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.242 AUD1 AUD = 0.805 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.151 CAD1 CAD = 0.869 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.142 CHF1 CHF = 0.876 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.821 AUD1 AUD = 0.549 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.688 CAD1 CAD = 0.592 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.675 CHF1 CHF = 0.597 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.893 CNY1 CNY = 0.092 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.927 CAD1 CAD = 1.079 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.919 CHF1 CHF = 1.088 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 5.985 CNY1 CNY = 0.167 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.992 CHF1 CHF = 1.008 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.458 CNY1 CNY = 0.155 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.512 CNY1 CNY = 0.154 CHF

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