Financial news on March 24, 2011

Business and Financial news
Banking Reforms Without Leaders

The Obama administration has not been in a hurry to fill vacancies at the top of financial watchdog agencies. Read more..

By ROB COX and WAYNE ARNOLD - The New York Times

Birthday Greetings From an ‘Idol’ Contestant to Build the Brand

Cameo Stars sells video messages from the contestants on “American Idol” and celebrities like Kim Kardashian to build brands and earn money on Facebook. Read more..

By ANDREW ADAM NEWMAN - The New York Times

Chief of American Apparel Faces 2nd Harassment Suit

A lawyer for Dov Charney, the chief executive, denied the allegations in the suit, filed by a former sales clerk and three other women. Read more..

By LAURA M. HOLSON - The New York Times

Imax to Open 75 New Theaters in China

Working in tandem with China’s largest theater operator, the company expects to have 300 movie houses in operation by 2016. Read more..

By BROOKS BARNES - The New York Times

New-Home Sales Fell in February

Median prices fell nearly 14 percent as a glut of unsold homes, including foreclosures, weighed on the market. Read more..

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - The New York Times

Out of College, Not on Her Own

A recent graduate grappling with loans and credit card bills tries to get a better grip on where her money goes. Read more..

By TESS VIGELAND - The New York Times

PowerPoint With Few Bells, but Finally on the Go

Documents To Go now offers the chance to cobble together a passable PowerPoint presentation on a mobile device. Read more..

By BOB TEDESCHI - The New York Times

Toyota Says Scarce Parts to Idle Some U.S. Plants

Shortages of some Japanese-made parts are expected to force the automaker to halt production at one or more plants. Read more..

By NICK BUNKLEY - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
Cisco SystemsCSCO17.6217.6417.3517.3657.8M
PfizerPFE20.0020.3619.8120.3049.4M
IntelINTC20.5120.5120.2820.3849.4M
General ElectricGE19.6819.8019.4819.7843.8M
MicrosoftMSFT25.6025.8725.5025.8138.7M
Oracle Corp.ORCL31.7832.3331.5032.1438.3M
AT&T Inc.T28.5028.7728.4128.5432.6M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM45.7045.8445.0945.7321.7M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC31.2231.6131.0631.5421M
HP Inc.HPQ42.3143.1442.2643.1018.6M
ExxonMobilXOM82.7883.4782.5582.7317M
General MotorsGM31.3231.6031.2431.3915.7M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT51.8352.9551.7752.5915.1M
ComcastCMCSA24.2724.8324.1324.7315M
AppleAAPL341.85346.00338.86344.9714.5M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT48.1448.1447.7348.1114M
AltriaMO25.6425.9725.5825.9313.4M
Gilead SciencesGILD41.5342.3841.4342.0412.2M
ConocoPhillipsCOP79.0680.0578.8479.7012.1M
MerckMRK32.8332.9032.5432.7211.5M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ37.1137.2737.0737.1810.9M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY26.1626.5226.0826.4310.2M
Home DepotHD36.8537.7536.7937.3610M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ58.9859.0858.7359.038.66M
Procter & GamblePG61.2361.2860.7561.148.2M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS42.4742.9942.4042.867.01M
ChevronCVX105.87105.92104.93105.387M
Coca-ColaKO64.5865.0764.5664.696.66M
SchlumbergerSLB88.8688.9986.7188.106.52M
AmazonAMZN168.21172.00167.36171.106.28M
International Business MachinesIBM160.23160.71158.84160.045.15M
VisaV72.2272.8571.5472.665.14M
AmgenAMGN52.8953.5052.4353.275.09M
BoeingBA73.2473.3372.3372.764.36M
McDonald'sMCD74.6075.0074.4974.934.31M
AlphabetGOOGL585.43588.39578.80586.894.19M
PepsicoPEP64.3664.4864.1764.204.15M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH43.2443.9443.0143.803.92M
United TechnologiesUTX81.9982.9081.7782.763.26M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B85.0285.3584.7385.162.65M
3MMMM92.6192.9891.8992.582.6M
Union PacificUNP94.5395.4094.0795.372.08M
Exchange Rates of March 24, 2011
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 80.990 JPY1 JPY = 0.012 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 0.976 CAD1 CAD = 1.024 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 0.908 CHF1 CHF = 1.101 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.559 CNY1 CNY = 0.152 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 114.780 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.879 GBP1 GBP = 1.137 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.388 AUD1 AUD = 0.721 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.383 CAD1 CAD = 0.723 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.287 CHF1 CHF = 0.777 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.300 CNY1 CNY = 0.108 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.766 GBP1 GBP = 1.306 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.209 AUD1 AUD = 0.827 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.205 CAD1 CAD = 0.830 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.121 CHF1 CHF = 0.892 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.578 AUD1 AUD = 0.634 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.574 CAD1 CAD = 0.635 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.464 CHF1 CHF = 0.683 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.576 CNY1 CNY = 0.095 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.997 CAD1 CAD = 1.004 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.927 CHF1 CHF = 1.079 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.697 CNY1 CNY = 0.149 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.930 CHF1 CHF = 1.076 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.721 CNY1 CNY = 0.149 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 7.225 CNY1 CNY = 0.138 CHF

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