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

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY25.3625.7925.3525.7053.6M
General ElectricGE15.4615.4815.3115.4142.3M
IntelINTC20.0620.2420.0320.1030.6M
MicrosoftMSFT30.7130.9530.6930.9228.4M
PfizerPFE18.7618.8018.5318.5828M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC27.2727.2826.7226.8525.5M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM41.8441.9441.4541.5624.5M
Cisco SystemsCSCO23.7923.9323.7023.7823.9M
AltriaMO20.0220.2919.9820.1622.8M
Oracle Corp.ORCL24.4624.7524.3624.7319.3M
ExxonMobilXOM68.7568.7868.2068.2619M
AT&T Inc.T27.9828.0527.7928.0415.6M
MerckMRK37.8637.8637.1437.2512.7M
AppleAAPL201.25202.38200.81202.1012.3M
ComcastCMCSA17.1117.2416.9717.1111.5M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ33.4333.4733.1033.2310M
Home DepotHD29.3429.3828.7929.009.79M
AmazonAMZN134.80139.05134.35138.949.55M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH32.2332.6531.5231.629.5M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT53.4553.6153.2553.328.63M
HP Inc.HPQ52.4752.5052.0252.498.06M
ChevronCVX77.8777.9377.0277.047.34M
ConocoPhillipsCOP50.7250.9050.3850.486.58M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS32.3132.4732.0432.436.57M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ64.5464.8464.5464.576.36M
McDonald'sMCD62.9763.6862.5763.365.89M
VisaV86.4687.0085.6586.155.78M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT54.2254.3753.9754.095.75M
Procter & GamblePG61.0661.3560.7661.315.63M
Coca-ColaKO57.2057.5056.9957.295.47M
SchlumbergerSLB65.0065.9164.5565.235.45M
Gilead SciencesGILD43.2843.3742.9443.015.31M
AmgenAMGN57.4957.6757.0557.354.29M
AlphabetGOOGL603.50612.87602.85611.684.14M
International Business MachinesIBM129.70130.00129.30130.004.13M
PepsicoPEP60.8760.8760.2560.683.83M
BoeingBA55.4155.6554.9254.963.06M
United TechnologiesUTX69.3669.7869.1369.512.88M
Union PacificUNP65.3266.0364.8765.801.96M
3MMMM81.9682.3281.4082.191.9M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3292.003299.003275.003286.0020.8K
Exchange Rates of December 23, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 91.630 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.048 CAD1 CAD = 0.954 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.039 CHF1 CHF = 0.963 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.829 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 131.360 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.899 GBP1 GBP = 1.113 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.629 AUD1 AUD = 0.614 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.503 CAD1 CAD = 0.665 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.489 CHF1 CHF = 0.672 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.790 CNY1 CNY = 0.102 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.684 GBP1 GBP = 1.463 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.240 AUD1 AUD = 0.807 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.144 CAD1 CAD = 0.874 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.134 CHF1 CHF = 0.882 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.812 AUD1 AUD = 0.552 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.672 CAD1 CAD = 0.598 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.657 CHF1 CHF = 0.603 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.922 CAD1 CAD = 1.084 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.914 CHF1 CHF = 1.094 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.006 CNY1 CNY = 0.167 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.990 CHF1 CHF = 1.010 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.515 CNY1 CNY = 0.154 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.575 CNY1 CNY = 0.152 CHF

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