Financial news on April 23, 2008

Business and Financial news
A Slice of German Wikipedia to Be Captured on Paper

In an odd experiment in reverse publishing, a collection of Wikipedia articles in Germany is being produced in book form by a major publisher. Read more..

By NOAM COHEN - The New York Times

Britain: Royal Bank of Scotland Raises Capital

The Royal Bank of Scotland became the latest lender to seek new funds to cover its soured investments, saying it would sell $23.8 billion of new shares to investors. Read more..

By DAVID JOLLY - The New York Times

Making Money, the How-To Way

Online instructional videos — even for such arcane tasks as turning flashlights into lasers — are proving extraordinarily popular and lucrative. Read more..

By MIGUEL HELFT - The New York Times

Microsoft Reveals a Web-Based Software System

The new system, called Live Mesh, is Microsoft’s most ambitious step yet in tying its personal computer business more closely to software running in remote data centers. Read more..

By JOHN MARKOFF - The New York Times

Times Company Elects Two Outsiders to Board

Scott Galloway and James A. Kohlberg, two investors who were part of a group that threatened a proxy battle against the Times, were elected as directors. Read more..

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD - The New York Times

Tyson Told to End an Antibiotic Claim

Competitors objected to the ads by Tyson and said Tyson had injected its eggs with antibiotics and used antibiotic molecules in its feed. Read more..

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
MicrosoftMSFT30.4531.4630.3031.4598.4M
IntelINTC22.1422.5722.0022.5662M
AppleAAPL164.05164.84161.08162.8953.7M
PfizerPFE19.8920.0019.8119.8853.4M
Cisco SystemsCSCO25.2725.5625.1625.4451M
General ElectricGE32.4932.7232.2832.3641.9M
AT&T Inc.T37.9138.9837.8738.5327.5M
Oracle Corp.ORCL21.8021.9621.6921.9125.5M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT50.8150.9050.4650.5624.7M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC29.4429.6428.5828.9224.5M
ExxonMobilXOM94.1994.4892.5094.2223.9M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM45.4146.0444.6945.1523.3M
AltriaMO22.1322.5422.0222.3022.2M
AmazonAMZN80.2582.6478.7481.0019.3M
MerckMRK38.7738.8838.0038.6218M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH34.0635.1733.7734.7317.8M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY21.4921.5521.1521.4317.3M
Home DepotHD28.6828.6928.0228.1315.9M
BoeingBA80.6583.3679.5782.0915.5M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT56.3157.2756.3156.9215.2M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS31.4731.6831.1131.6415M
Procter & GamblePG67.4867.8766.7567.1714.2M
ConocoPhillipsCOP84.9685.1383.9884.4813.2M
ComcastCMCSA19.9620.0719.5319.7613.1M
ChevronCVX93.7694.6393.4894.4813M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ67.1267.4966.7567.2610.6M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ35.8036.4935.7936.3310.5M
HP Inc.HPQ48.1848.5847.7448.0210.5M
SchlumbergerSLB105.41106.48103.79104.8710.4M
AlphabetGOOGL558.00559.31540.95546.499.83M
Coca-ColaKO59.7660.3959.7660.329.49M
VisaV71.1571.7069.6970.089.33M
McDonald'sMCD58.4159.4458.1058.698.81M
Gilead SciencesGILD51.3051.5050.3050.508.5M
International Business MachinesIBM123.69124.78122.64123.607.59M
PepsicoPEP69.1069.9768.7969.197.17M
AmgenAMGN41.9442.8541.9342.694.69M
United TechnologiesUTX71.8572.3471.0471.864.53M
3MMMM80.8781.6880.4380.633.62M
Union PacificUNP136.92137.04134.00135.142.46M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B4247.004257.504222.004236.0014K
Exchange Rates of April 23, 2008
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 103.420 JPY1 JPY = 0.010 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.017 CAD1 CAD = 0.983 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.015 CHF1 CHF = 0.985 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.983 CNY1 CNY = 0.143 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 164.270 JPY1 JPY = 0.006 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.803 GBP1 GBP = 1.246 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.676 AUD1 AUD = 0.597 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.615 CAD1 CAD = 0.619 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.613 CHF1 CHF = 0.620 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.488 GBP1 GBP = 2.048 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.020 AUD1 AUD = 0.981 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 0.983 CAD1 CAD = 1.018 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 0.982 CHF1 CHF = 1.019 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.088 AUD1 AUD = 0.479 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 2.013 CAD1 CAD = 0.497 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 2.009 CHF1 CHF = 0.498 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.963 CAD1 CAD = 1.038 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.962 CHF1 CHF = 1.040 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.998 CHF1 CHF = 1.002 CAD

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