Financial news on December 23, 2014

Business and Financial news
Alstom to Plead Guilty and Pay U.S. a $772 Million Fine in a Bribery Scheme

Alstom agrees to pay $772 million penalty to the United States and plead guilty in investigation by Justice Dept into company's bribery of government officials in Indonesia and other countries; company is said to have paid more than $75 million in bribes from 2000 to 2011 to receive $4 billion in contracts across globe. Read more..

By DANIELLE IVORY - The New York Times

BMW Joins in Expansion of Takata Airbag Recalls

BMW says it will replace airbags made by Takata Corporation in around 140,000 BMW 3 series vehicles, produced between January 2004 and August 2006, in the United States. Read more..

By HIROKO TABUCHI - The New York Times

Daily Report: Simple Flaw Allowed JPMorgan Computer Breach

The weak spot at JPMorgan appears to have been a fairly simple two-step password system that was neglected, leading to a major security breach this summer. Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

Data Broker Is Charged With Selling Consumers' Financial Details to 'Fraudsters'

Regulators said that LeapLab sold intimate details about several hundred thousand people, including their Social Security numbers and bank account numbers, to marketers and other companies that had no legitimate need for that data. Read more..

By NATASHA SINGER - The New York Times

Economic Vital Signs in 3rd Quarter Were Strongest in a Decade

The Commerce Department revised its summer growth figures to 5 percent, bolstered by robust spending by businesses and consumers. Read more..

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ - The New York Times

F.B.I. Searches Doral Financial's Offices in Puerto Rico

The offices of Doral Financial in San Juan, Puerto Rico, were raided as part of an investigation into the struggling bank. Read more..

By MICHAEL CORKERY - The New York Times

Morning Agenda: How Hackers Got Into JPMorgan

The computer breach at JPMorgan Chase might have been prevented with a simple security fix. | Financial start-ups are trying to reach an anti-finance crowd. | After a settlement, Ocwen will remain on a tight regulatory leash. | F-Squared Investments was fined over accusations it defrauded investors. Read more..

By WILLIAM ALDEN - The New York Times

On This Trip, It’s Seatbelts Off for Safety

Frequent Flier column features Brookfield Office Properties vice president Sabrina Kanner discussing her flying experiences. Read more..

By SABRINA KANNER - The New York Times

R.B.S. to Hold Bonuses for 18 as Part of Currency Trading Review

The lender has been reviewing the conduct of more than 50 current and former traders. Read more..

By CHAD BRAY - The New York Times

So Long, From You're the Boss

After five years, this is the final post on You’re the Boss. As a parting gift, we offer some highlights from another year spent in the trenches, where we all continued to make mistakes and learn lessons. Read more..

By LOREN FELDMAN - The New York Times

Yellen’s First Year at Fed: A Remarkably Steady Course

Former central bank officials and experts in economics assess Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet L Yellen's first year in the role; Yellen has in many ways continued policies of her predecessor Ben S Bernanke, but she is expected to define her approach more distinctly in 2015 as Fed considers when to raise benchmark interest rate for first time in decade; most obvious change Yellen has introduced has been emphasis on highlighting problems of workers and unemployment. Read more..

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Gilead Sciences GILD 93,41 93,50 85,95 89,45 61M
Pfizer PFE 32,18 32,23 30,77 31,45 34.8M
General Electric GE 25,69 26,00 25,60 25,88 31.4M
Apple AAPL 113,23 113,33 112,46 112,54 26M
Microsoft MSFT 48,37 48,80 48,13 48,45 23.7M
Cisco Systems CSCO 28,22 28,50 28,19 28,25 23.5M
Intel INTC 37,40 37,70 37,30 37,43 22.2M
Facebook FB 82,02 82,17 80,40 80,61 19.9M
AT&T Inc. T 34,07 34,16 33,91 34,03 19.4M
Merck MRK 58,69 59,00 57,03 57,21 14.2M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 45,53 46,50 45,46 46,01 14M
ExxonMobil XOM 93,52 95,18 93,05 94,59 13.7M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 62,05 62,97 61,93 62,48 13.6M
Coca-Cola KO 42,54 43,14 42,47 42,97 13.4M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 55,08 55,64 55,06 55,47 13.2M
Verizon Communications VZ 47,72 47,89 47,44 47,67 12.3M
Comcast CMCSA 57,49 58,20 57,32 57,90 11.3M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 106,66 106,91 103,92 104,28 10.2M
HP Inc. HPQ 39,94 40,60 39,93 40,36 9.67M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 61,77 61,77 58,70 59,16 8.48M
General Motors GM 33,48 33,70 33,38 33,56 8.47M
Schlumberger SLB 87,10 87,69 86,26 87,32 8.38M
ConocoPhillips COP 70,32 71,37 69,80 71,05 8.17M
Chevron CVX 112,76 114,45 112,32 113,95 8.09M
Amgen AMGN 164,91 164,99 154,36 157,52 7.09M
Procter & Gamble PG 92,74 93,48 92,70 93,29 5.61M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 86,69 87,08 86,36 86,66 5.55M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 94,48 95,07 94,40 94,69 5.39M
Altria MO 50,37 50,64 50,18 50,53 4.63M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 46,13 46,50 45,47 45,72 4.08M
Home Depot HD 103,66 104,20 103,32 103,76 4.07M
International Business Machines IBM 162,23 162,90 161,61 162,24 4.04M
Boeing BA 129,04 130,65 128,65 130,03 4.03M
McDonald's MCD 94,36 94,82 94,01 94,22 3.6M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 152,19 152,70 151,68 151,75 3.48M
Pepsico PEP 97,24 97,50 96,86 97,36 3.07M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 103,72 103,93 102,44 102,85 3.04M
Alphabet GOOGL 534,51 542,30 533,72 538,77 2.88M
Amazon AMZN 306,98 307,49 303,25 306,29 2.72M
United Technologies UTX 117,50 118,02 116,92 117,21 2.72M
Union Pacific UNP 120,91 121,40 120,30 120,68 2.21M
3M MMM 168,02 168,16 166,87 166,87 2.19M
Visa V 265,01 266,42 264,06 265,26 1.38M
Exchange Rates of December 23, 2014
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Euro 1 USD = 0,821 EUR 1 EUR = 1,218 USD
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 120,735 JPY 1 JPY = 0,008 USD
US Dollar Pound Sterling 1 USD = 0,644 GBP 1 GBP = 1,553 USD
US Dollar Australian Dollar 1 USD = 1,233 AUD 1 AUD = 0,811 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1,163 CAD 1 CAD = 0,860 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0,988 CHF 1 CHF = 1,012 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6,226 CNY 1 CNY = 0,161 USD
US Dollar Mexican Peso 1 USD = 14,740 MXN 1 MXN = 0,068 USD
US Dollar Swidish Krona 1 USD = 7,798 SEK 1 SEK = 0,128 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 146,977 JPY 1 JPY = 0,007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0,784 GBP 1 GBP = 1,275 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,501 AUD 1 AUD = 0,666 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,415 CAD 1 CAD = 0,707 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1,203 CHF 1 CHF = 0,832 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 7,577 CNY 1 CNY = 0,132 EUR
Euro Mexican Peso 1 EUR = 17,948 MXN 1 MXN = 0,056 EUR
Euro Swidish Krona 1 EUR = 9,495 SEK 1 SEK = 0,105 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0,005 GBP 1 GBP = 188,679 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 0,010 AUD 1 AUD = 98,039 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0,010 CAD 1 CAD = 104,167 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 0,008 CHF 1 CHF = 121,951 JPY
Japanese Yen Chinese Yuan 1 JPY = 0,052 CNY 1 CNY = 19,417 JPY
Japanese Yen Mexican Peso 1 JPY = 0,122 MXN 1 MXN = 8,183 JPY
Japanese Yen Swidish Krona 1 JPY = 0,065 SEK 1 SEK = 15,480 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,913 AUD 1 AUD = 0,523 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,804 CAD 1 CAD = 0,554 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1,533 CHF 1 CHF = 0,652 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9,660 CNY 1 CNY = 0,104 GBP
Pound Sterling Mexican Peso 1 GBP = 22,877 MXN 1 MXN = 0,044 GBP
Pound Sterling Swidish Krona 1 GBP = 12,103 SEK 1 SEK = 0,083 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0,942 CAD 1 CAD = 1,061 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0,801 CHF 1 CHF = 1,249 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 5,046 CNY 1 CNY = 0,198 AUD
Australian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 AUD = 11,964 MXN 1 MXN = 0,084 AUD
Australian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 AUD = 6,315 SEK 1 SEK = 0,158 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0,849 CHF 1 CHF = 1,177 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 5,355 CNY 1 CNY = 0,187 CAD
Canadian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 CAD = 12,696 MXN 1 MXN = 0,079 CAD
Canadian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 CAD = 6,709 SEK 1 SEK = 0,149 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6,301 CNY 1 CNY = 0,159 CHF
Swiss Franc Mexican Peso 1 CHF = 14,943 MXN 1 MXN = 0,067 CHF
Swiss Franc Swidish Krona 1 CHF = 7,893 SEK 1 SEK = 0,127 CHF
Chinese Yuan Swidish Krona 1 CNY = 1,249 SEK 1 SEK = 0,801 CNY

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