Financial news on December 24, 2014

Business and Financial news
Brandon Stoddard, 77, ABC Executive Who Brought ‘Roots’ to TV, Is Dead

Brandon Stoddard, television executive who brought mini-series Roots to TV, dies at age 77. Read more..

By BRUCE WEBER - The New York Times

Going Home From the South, a New Holiday Exodus

A surge of native Californians and Northeasterners who travel home from the South highlights its new role as a place to pursue the American dream. Read more..

By ALAN BLINDER, ROBERT GEBELOFF and DAVID LEONHARDT - The New York Times

In Israel, Antitrust Regulator Reviews Natural Gas Development

Israel's fledgling natural gas industry is rattled after antitrust officials threaten to breakup American-Israeli group's hold on country's gas resources; argue that Noble Energy, Houston-based oil company, and partners Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration, have monopoly on sector; fear group could overcharge in nation that is particularly reliant on gas. Read more..

By STANLEY REED - The New York Times

In JPMorgan Chase Report, Worrying Admissions and Ideas for Improvement

JPMorgan is mostly laying out what it has already done after commissioning a report detailing how it has responded to crises, Antony Currie writes in Reuters Breakingviews. Read more..

By ANTONY CURRIE - The New York Times

Ireland Lends Support to Microsoft in Email Privacy Case

In a legal brief supporting the tech giant’s appeal of a search warrant for communications stored at a Dublin data center, the Irish government said that courts in the United States should respect the sovereignty of other countries. Read more..

By MARK SCOTT - The New York Times

Like an Out-of-Body Experience

Xan Vongsathorn throws a party and offers us a snack. Read more..

By DEB AMLEN - The New York Times

New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

Security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts about the United States government assertions that North Korea was behind the attack on Sony’s computer network. Read more..

By NICOLE PERLROTH - The New York Times

Ocwen Would Do Well to Follow the Lessons of Berkshire's Clayton Homes

Ocwen should look at Clayton Homes, whose credo puts customers first, writes Lawrence A. Cunningham in Another View. Read more..

By LAWRENCE A. CUNNINGHAM - The New York Times

Plastic Surgery Tourism Brings Chinese to South Korea

Cosmetic surgery, pervasive in South Korea, is now the must-do activity for many Chinese visitors. Read more..

By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON - The New York Times

Wearable Devices for Women: Still Pretty and Still Dumb

Wearables have a style problem, especially when it comes to women. But as tech companies and designers come together to make wearables for women, do they risk making gadgets that look good but do less? Read more..

By MOLLY WOOD - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Gilead Sciences GILD 88,98 92,67 88,86 91,29 21.2M
General Electric GE 25,89 25,94 25,70 25,83 17.9M
Apple AAPL 112,58 112,71 112,01 112,01 14.5M
Intel INTC 37,47 37,60 37,18 37,44 12.1M
Microsoft MSFT 48,64 48,64 48,08 48,14 11.4M
Cisco Systems CSCO 28,29 28,59 28,29 28,30 11.4M
Pfizer PFE 31,44 31,65 31,40 31,42 10.8M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 46,36 46,71 46,15 46,23 10.2M
AT&T Inc. T 34,02 34,19 33,93 33,96 8.83M
Verizon Communications VZ 47,67 47,87 47,38 47,67 7.84M
Facebook FB 81,03 81,43 80,75 80,77 7.69M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 62,74 62,87 62,27 62,48 7.42M
ExxonMobil XOM 94,22 94,25 92,98 93,78 6.88M
Coca-Cola KO 43,10 43,23 42,92 42,94 6.41M
HP Inc. HPQ 40,47 40,83 40,44 40,54 5.54M
Merck MRK 57,29 57,86 57,25 57,46 5.06M
Comcast CMCSA 57,97 58,22 57,72 58,07 4.8M
Chevron CVX 113,66 114,14 112,07 113,47 4.54M
General Motors GM 33,53 33,59 33,24 33,43 4.5M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 55,63 55,74 55,32 55,34 4.3M
Altria MO 50,65 50,77 50,33 50,36 4.08M
ConocoPhillips COP 70,54 70,63 68,94 70,13 3.86M
Schlumberger SLB 86,76 87,64 85,60 87,06 3.62M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 104,38 105,33 104,38 104,59 3.42M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 45,74 45,95 45,64 45,70 2.53M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 86,97 87,07 86,39 86,43 2.49M
Procter & Gamble PG 93,50 93,89 93,14 93,14 2.41M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 59,17 59,50 59,12 59,15 2.31M
Amgen AMGN 156,53 163,17 156,47 160,67 2.22M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 94,69 95,12 94,37 94,42 2.17M
Boeing BA 130,30 132,33 130,17 131,24 2.13M
International Business Machines IBM 162,88 162,99 161,61 161,82 1.87M
Home Depot HD 104,05 104,38 103,56 103,56 1.82M
McDonald's MCD 94,22 94,54 93,74 93,83 1.74M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 152,43 152,44 151,52 151,54 1.61M
Pepsico PEP 97,50 97,89 97,05 97,09 1.61M
Amazon AMZN 306,38 307,00 302,88 303,03 1.52M
Visa V 265,49 268,85 265,38 267,63 1.31M
United Technologies UTX 117,66 117,93 116,87 116,91 1.02M
Union Pacific UNP 120,61 121,10 120,26 120,30 1M
3M MMM 166,17 167,61 166,17 166,96 982K
UnitedHealth Group UNH 103,00 103,32 102,54 102,68 952K
Alphabet GOOGL 538,82 540,29 535,10 536,93 738K
Exchange Rates of December 24, 2014
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Euro 1 USD = 0,819 EUR 1 EUR = 1,221 USD
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 120,342 JPY 1 JPY = 0,008 USD
US Dollar Pound Sterling 1 USD = 0,643 GBP 1 GBP = 1,556 USD
US Dollar Australian Dollar 1 USD = 1,232 AUD 1 AUD = 0,812 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1,162 CAD 1 CAD = 0,861 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0,985 CHF 1 CHF = 1,015 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6,215 CNY 1 CNY = 0,161 USD
US Dollar Mexican Peso 1 USD = 14,698 MXN 1 MXN = 0,068 USD
US Dollar Swidish Krona 1 USD = 7,774 SEK 1 SEK = 0,129 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 146,772 JPY 1 JPY = 0,007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0,784 GBP 1 GBP = 1,276 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,502 AUD 1 AUD = 0,666 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,417 CAD 1 CAD = 0,706 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1,202 CHF 1 CHF = 0,832 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 7,581 CNY 1 CNY = 0,132 EUR
Euro Mexican Peso 1 EUR = 17,959 MXN 1 MXN = 0,056 EUR
Euro Swidish Krona 1 EUR = 9,488 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 = 103,093 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 = 19,380 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 = 1,916 AUD 1 AUD = 0,522 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,808 CAD 1 CAD = 0,553 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1,533 CHF 1 CHF = 0,652 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9,672 CNY 1 CNY = 0,103 GBP
Pound Sterling Mexican Peso 1 GBP = 22,912 MXN 1 MXN = 0,044 GBP
Pound Sterling Swidish Krona 1 GBP = 12,105 SEK 1 SEK = 0,083 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0,943 CAD 1 CAD = 1,061 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0,799 CHF 1 CHF = 1,251 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 5,044 CNY 1 CNY = 0,198 AUD
Australian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 AUD = 11,948 MXN 1 MXN = 0,084 AUD
Australian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 AUD = 6,310 SEK 1 SEK = 0,158 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0,847 CHF 1 CHF = 1,180 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 5,346 CNY 1 CNY = 0,187 CAD
Canadian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 CAD = 12,663 MXN 1 MXN = 0,079 CAD
Canadian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 CAD = 6,687 SEK 1 SEK = 0,150 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6,303 CNY 1 CNY = 0,159 CHF
Swiss Franc Mexican Peso 1 CHF = 14,932 MXN 1 MXN = 0,067 CHF
Swiss Franc Swidish Krona 1 CHF = 7,891 SEK 1 SEK = 0,127 CHF
Chinese Yuan Swidish Krona 1 CNY = 1,253 SEK 1 SEK = 0,798 CNY

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