Financial news on February 25, 2016

Business and Financial news
As China’s Economic Picture Turns Uglier, Beijing Applies Airbrush

With troubles threatening to undermine confidence in the Communist Party, leaders are tightening the flow of information. Read more..

By EDWARD WONG and NEIL GOUGH - The New York Times

Banca Privada Gets Money-Laundering Designation Dropped

In an unusual step, the Andorran-based bank sued a United States Treasury watchdog. Read more..

By GINA CHON - The New York Times

Commodities Agency Advised to Drop Plan to Limit Futures Contracts

Commodity Futures Trading Commission committee recommends it give up plans to limit amount of futures contracts trader can hold on certain commodities, including oil and natural gas. Read more..

By LIZ MOYER - The New York Times

Getting YouTube Stars to Sell Your Product

More video creators with substantial followings on YouTube are featuring products and services in their videos, as so-called influencer marketing grows; Nielsen says recommendations by influencers, often considered authorities in their niche, are trusted by over 80 percent of consumers. Read more..

By EILENE ZIMMERMAN - The New York Times

Google Joins Race to Speed Up Mobile Delivery of News Articles

Google is introducing faster approach to delivering news articles on smartphones; Accelerated Mobile Pages will offer horizontal presentation of news items from several publishers as part of search results. Read more..

By VINDU GOEL - The New York Times

John Gleeson, Prominent Judge, Said to Be Joining Debevoise & Plimpton

John Gleeson, former prosecutor and prominent federal judge who spent over two decades in Eastern District of New York, will become partner at Debevoise & Plimpton. Read more..

By BEN PROTESS - The New York Times

Once a Coup, Pipeline Company Deal Becomes a Nightmare

Shares of Energy Transfer Equity and the Williams Companies have plummeted, partly because of numerous concerns about their complicated merger. Read more..

By LESLIE PICKER and JULIE CRESWELL - The New York Times

Poorest Areas Have Missed Out on Boons of Recovery, Study Finds

A new research and advocacy group found that since the end of the recession, the divide between wealthy and poor communities had widened further. Read more..

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ - The New York Times

Treasury Plan for Puerto Rico Favors Pensions Over Bondholders

Treasury Dept offers new debt plan for Puerto Rico that would prioritize pension payments over payments to bondholders; some experts say move could unsettle municipal bond market, prompting mainland cities to ask for similar treatment. Read more..

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH - The New York Times

Watching DVD Movies on Windows 10

Windows 10 does not come with a program to play DVD movies, but you can find free software online to do the job. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Pfizer PFE 30.10 30.69 30.02 30.59 52M
General Electric GE 28.80 29.28 28.78 29.23 35.9M
HP Inc. HPQ 10.16 10.46 9.95 10.34 35.6M
Facebook FB 107.11 108.07 105.61 108.07 29.9M
Apple AAPL 96.05 96.76 95.25 96.76 27.6M
Microsoft MSFT 51.73 52.10 50.61 52.10 26.9M
AT&T Inc. T 37.10 37.50 37.05 37.37 22.8M
Cisco Systems CSCO 26.49 26.60 26.20 26.60 18.7M
Intel INTC 29.32 29.62 28.95 29.62 17.6M
United Technologies UTX 93.91 98.73 93.68 98.07 16.9M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 47.71 48.16 47.71 47.75 16.6M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 56.13 57.03 56.04 57.01 14.5M
ExxonMobil XOM 81.56 82.07 80.02 82.01 13.7M
Verizon Communications VZ 50.90 51.30 50.78 51.11 12.4M
General Motors GM 28.83 29.51 28.55 29.50 11.9M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 36.79 37.30 36.50 37.29 11.6M
Coca-Cola KO 43.96 44.18 43.87 44.16 10.9M
ConocoPhillips COP 33.07 33.35 31.97 33.06 10.3M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 67.45 68.13 67.33 68.04 9.58M
Chevron CVX 85.67 85.71 83.74 85.30 9.45M
Gilead Sciences GILD 90.00 90.49 89.55 90.16 9.17M
Merck MRK 50.56 51.00 50.39 51.00 8.69M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 104.95 106.39 104.77 106.38 8.09M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 39.22 39.64 38.97 39.63 7.61M
Visa V 71.96 73.34 71.94 73.27 6.84M
Procter & Gamble PG 81.70 82.34 81.47 82.34 6.79M
Comcast CMCSA 58.16 58.53 57.73 58.53 6.48M
Schlumberger SLB 71.93 72.35 70.65 72.35 6.36M
McDonald's MCD 117.43 118.50 117.16 118.37 6.03M
Altria MO 61.50 62.45 61.38 62.38 5.21M
Home Depot HD 125.76 126.86 124.89 126.86 4.74M
Pepsico PEP 99.83 100.70 99.83 100.67 4.67M
Boeing BA 116.35 117.60 115.78 116.82 4.67M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 95.92 95.95 94.35 95.65 4.56M
Amazon AMZN 555.52 559.39 545.29 555.15 4.53M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 62.63 63.06 62.30 63.03 4.5M
International Business Machines IBM 133.29 134.51 130.88 134.50 4.36M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 131.62 132.37 130.42 132.31 3.5M
Amgen AMGN 147.36 148.39 145.26 146.75 3.45M
Union Pacific UNP 79.50 80.35 78.53 79.32 3.24M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 120.20 121.23 119.82 121.20 2.28M
Alphabet GOOGL 722.93 729.51 713.23 729.12 1.81M
3M MMM 157.54 159.00 157.01 158.99 1.72M
Exchange Rates of February 25, 2016
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Euro 1 USD = 0.907 EUR 1 EUR = 1.102 USD
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 112.905 JPY 1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US Dollar Pound Sterling 1 USD = 0.716 GBP 1 GBP = 1.396 USD
US Dollar Australian Dollar 1 USD = 1.384 AUD 1 AUD = 0.722 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.354 CAD 1 CAD = 0.738 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.991 CHF 1 CHF = 1.009 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.532 CNY 1 CNY = 0.153 USD
US Dollar Mexican Peso 1 USD = 18.123 MXN 1 MXN = 0.055 USD
US Dollar Swidish Krona 1 USD = 8.502 SEK 1 SEK = 0.118 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 124.420 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.790 GBP 1 GBP = 1.266 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.526 AUD 1 AUD = 0.655 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.492 CAD 1 CAD = 0.670 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.092 CHF 1 CHF = 0.916 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 7.199 CNY 1 CNY = 0.139 EUR
Euro Mexican Peso 1 EUR = 19.975 MXN 1 MXN = 0.050 EUR
Euro Swidish Krona 1 EUR = 9.367 SEK 1 SEK = 0.107 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.006 GBP 1 GBP = 158.730 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.012 AUD 1 AUD = 81.301 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.012 CAD 1 CAD = 83.333 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 0.009 CHF 1 CHF = 113.636 JPY
Japanese Yen Chinese Yuan 1 JPY = 0.058 CNY 1 CNY = 17.301 JPY
Japanese Yen Mexican Peso 1 JPY = 0.161 MXN 1 MXN = 6.231 JPY
Japanese Yen Swidish Krona 1 JPY = 0.075 SEK 1 SEK = 13.280 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.932 AUD 1 AUD = 0.518 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.889 CAD 1 CAD = 0.529 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.382 CHF 1 CHF = 0.723 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9.117 CNY 1 CNY = 0.110 GBP
Pound Sterling Mexican Peso 1 GBP = 25.284 MXN 1 MXN = 0.040 GBP
Pound Sterling Swidish Krona 1 GBP = 11.864 SEK 1 SEK = 0.084 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.978 CAD 1 CAD = 1.023 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.715 CHF 1 CHF = 1.398 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 4.719 CNY 1 CNY = 0.212 AUD
Australian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 AUD = 13.100 MXN 1 MXN = 0.076 AUD
Australian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 AUD = 6.137 SEK 1 SEK = 0.163 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.731 CHF 1 CHF = 1.367 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 4.825 CNY 1 CNY = 0.207 CAD
Canadian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 CAD = 13.392 MXN 1 MXN = 0.075 CAD
Canadian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 CAD = 6.276 SEK 1 SEK = 0.159 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.596 CNY 1 CNY = 0.152 CHF
Swiss Franc Mexican Peso 1 CHF = 18.311 MXN 1 MXN = 0.055 CHF
Swiss Franc Swidish Krona 1 CHF = 8.576 SEK 1 SEK = 0.117 CHF
Chinese Yuan Swidish Krona 1 CNY = 1.298 SEK 1 SEK = 0.770 CNY

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