Financial news on December 23, 2009

Business and Financial news
A Hopeful Sign for Manhattan’s Office Market

SL Green Realty’s purchase of a construction mortgage for 510 Madison Avenue is seen as a bet on the long-term future of the market. Read more..

By TERRY PRISTIN - The New York Times

A Magazine’s Home to Enter a Tough Market

Reader’s Digest will leave its Chappaqua campus next year. The property’s owners face a wan real estate environment. Read more..

By ELSA BRENNER - The New York Times

Boeing Buys Remainder of 787 Assembly Plant

The acquisition will give the aircraft maker more control over the delayed 787 Dreamliner. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

British Regulator Supports Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger

The British Competition Commission reversed an earlier decision as regulators in Canada and the United States continue their reviews. Read more..

By CHRIS V. NICHOLSON - The New York Times

New Delay Hits BlackBerrys

Research in Motion said its technicians were working to resolve e-mail messaging delays on its BlackBerry smart phones in North and South America. Read more..

ASSOCIATED PRESS - The New York Times

Nice Home. Where’s the Rest of It?

The practice of stripping and selling items from homes scheduled for foreclosure appears to be worse in boom-and-bust regions. Read more..

By JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF - The New York Times

Some Say U.S. Interest Rate Hike Is Good News

Several leading hedge-fund managers have welcomed the recent rise in long-term U.S. interest rates, The Financial Times reported. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

Starz Names Ex-Official of HBO as Its Chief

Starz had been searching for a new leader since Robert B. Clasen announced in August that he would retire as chairman and chief executive of Starz at the end of the year. Read more..

By EDWARD WYATT - The New York Times

Thousands May Incorrectly Be Using Stimulus Tax Breaks

An Internal Revenue Service program that has issued taxpayer identification numbers to immigrants is plagued with fraud, a government watchdog said. Read more..

By LYNNLEY BROWNING - The New York Times

Triple-A Debt Harder to Find

Soon little triple-A debt will be left except government debt, putting cautious investors in a bind. Read more..

By AGNES CRANE and UNA GALANI - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 25.36 25.79 25.35 25.70 53.6M
General Electric GE 15.46 15.48 15.31 15.41 42.3M
Intel INTC 20.06 20.24 20.03 20.10 30.6M
Microsoft MSFT 30.71 30.95 30.69 30.92 28.4M
Pfizer PFE 18.76 18.80 18.53 18.58 28M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 27.27 27.28 26.72 26.85 25.5M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 41.84 41.94 41.45 41.56 24.5M
Cisco Systems CSCO 23.79 23.93 23.70 23.78 23.9M
Altria MO 20.02 20.29 19.98 20.16 22.8M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 24.46 24.75 24.36 24.73 19.3M
ExxonMobil XOM 68.75 68.78 68.20 68.26 19M
AT&T Inc. T 27.98 28.05 27.79 28.04 15.6M
Merck MRK 37.86 37.86 37.14 37.25 12.7M
Apple AAPL 201.25 202.38 200.81 202.10 12.3M
Comcast CMCSA 17.11 17.24 16.97 17.11 11.5M
Verizon Communications VZ 33.43 33.47 33.10 33.23 10M
Home Depot HD 29.34 29.38 28.79 29.00 9.79M
Amazon AMZN 134.80 139.05 134.35 138.94 9.55M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 32.23 32.65 31.52 31.62 9.5M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 53.45 53.61 53.25 53.32 8.63M
HP Inc. HPQ 52.47 52.50 52.02 52.49 8.06M
Chevron CVX 77.87 77.93 77.02 77.04 7.34M
ConocoPhillips COP 50.72 50.90 50.38 50.48 6.58M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 32.31 32.47 32.04 32.43 6.57M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 64.54 64.84 64.54 64.57 6.36M
McDonald's MCD 62.97 63.68 62.57 63.36 5.89M
Visa V 86.46 87.00 85.65 86.15 5.78M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 54.22 54.37 53.97 54.09 5.75M
Procter & Gamble PG 61.06 61.35 60.76 61.31 5.63M
Coca-Cola KO 57.20 57.50 56.99 57.29 5.47M
Schlumberger SLB 65.00 65.91 64.55 65.23 5.45M
Gilead Sciences GILD 43.28 43.37 42.94 43.01 5.31M
Amgen AMGN 57.49 57.67 57.05 57.35 4.29M
Alphabet GOOGL 603.50 612.87 602.85 611.68 4.14M
International Business Machines IBM 129.70 130.00 129.30 130.00 4.13M
Pepsico PEP 60.87 60.87 60.25 60.68 3.83M
Boeing BA 55.41 55.65 54.92 54.96 3.06M
United Technologies UTX 69.36 69.78 69.13 69.51 2.88M
Union Pacific UNP 65.32 66.03 64.87 65.80 1.96M
3M MMM 81.96 82.32 81.40 82.19 1.9M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3292.00 3299.00 3275.00 3286.00 20.8K
Exchange Rates of December 23, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 91.630 JPY 1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.048 CAD 1 CAD = 0.954 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.039 CHF 1 CHF = 0.963 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.829 CNY 1 CNY = 0.146 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 131.360 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.899 GBP 1 GBP = 1.113 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.629 AUD 1 AUD = 0.614 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.503 CAD 1 CAD = 0.665 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.489 CHF 1 CHF = 0.672 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 9.790 CNY 1 CNY = 0.102 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.684 GBP 1 GBP = 1.463 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.240 AUD 1 AUD = 0.807 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.144 CAD 1 CAD = 0.874 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.134 CHF 1 CHF = 0.882 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.812 AUD 1 AUD = 0.552 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.672 CAD 1 CAD = 0.598 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.657 CHF 1 CHF = 0.603 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.922 CAD 1 CAD = 1.084 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.914 CHF 1 CHF = 1.094 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6.006 CNY 1 CNY = 0.167 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.990 CHF 1 CHF = 1.010 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6.515 CNY 1 CNY = 0.154 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.575 CNY 1 CNY = 0.152 CHF

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