Financial news on March 25, 2010

Business and Financial news
A Financial Report Card, Right in Your Tax Return

Tips are given on preparing federal tax return in regard to beneficial personal financial planning; photos (M) Read more..

By JAN M. ROSEN - The New York Times

Britons Cling to Services, Despite Debt

Government outlays eat up half the nation’s economic output, but voters are having second thoughts about the Tories’ call to shrink the budget. Read more..

By LANDON THOMAS Jr - The New York Times

Find a Better Bank

Do you really need a branch nearby? Would stopping and restarting your automatic payments with a new bank be that inconvenient? Aren’t more interest and lower fees worth it over time? Ron Lieber, the Your Money columnist, explains. Read more..

Zach Wise|Ron Lieber - The New York Times

Hunting Down an Elusive iPhone Signal

There are some simple, free tips to experiment with if you are lacking the network bars needed to make a call. Read more..

By J.D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Japan, Struggling With Debt, Approves a $1 Trillion Budget

The government also moved to address the country’s postal banking system, a significant player in the economy. Read more..

By HIROKO TABUCHI - The New York Times

Review Your Rewards Card

Look up the rules for your rewards card up online. Is there a fee for redeeming them? Are you getting real frequent flier miles that you can combine with those you earn on the plane? Ron Lieber, the Your Money columnist, explains. Read more..

Zach Wise|Ron Lieber - The New York Times

Switch Banks? You Might Find There’s a Perk in It for You

People are typically reluctant to move their banking accounts, so some branchless or online banks are offering enticements to win them over. Read more..

By RON LIEBER - The New York Times

Take a Few Hours and Unlock Some Cash

Keeping a financial to-do list and tackling it once a year can put significant money back in your wallet. Read more..

By RON LIEBER - The New York Times

Time for an Insurance Checkup, As Needs and Options Change

Tips are given on personal insurance checkup, as needs and options change; photo (M) Read more..

By PAUL SULLIVAN - The New York Times

Times Co. Settles Claim in Singapore

The New York Times Company has settled a claim by leaders of Singapore’s government that they were smeared by an Op-Ed piece in The International Herald Tribune. Read more..

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE18.7118.7618.2618.3097.7M
MicrosoftMSFT29.8630.5729.8030.0173.2M
Oracle Corp.ORCL25.9226.2525.7226.0454.4M
IntelINTC22.6722.7322.3122.3552.4M
PfizerPFE17.7417.7817.3517.3948.2M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC31.0331.9930.9031.0647.4M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM44.9846.0544.8944.9445M
Cisco SystemsCSCO26.6526.8526.4226.4335.1M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS34.4935.5034.4235.0932.7M
ComcastCMCSA18.2518.6718.1618.4425.4M
AT&T Inc.T26.4326.4426.1126.1524.1M
ExxonMobilXOM66.8166.9266.2466.3021.1M
Gilead SciencesGILD47.2047.5045.7645.9520.1M
AppleAAPL230.46230.97226.25226.6519.4M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT54.2854.3153.5053.5217.7M
HP Inc.HPQ53.3453.7953.1753.5016.8M
AmazonAMZN129.61136.91128.04134.7316.2M
AltriaMO20.4920.6020.4720.5214.8M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH32.7633.2632.6033.1214.8M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ30.6730.6830.2730.3114.4M
ConocoPhillipsCOP52.8052.8451.4951.5313.8M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY26.8726.9326.7026.7813.5M
MerckMRK38.3338.3437.7637.7813.2M
Home DepotHD32.5032.9232.4632.6213M
SchlumbergerSLB62.8563.2560.6760.7612.4M
ChevronCVX74.4074.6273.6973.8010.5M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ65.0465.2564.5364.5710.5M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT55.6355.9955.6055.619.79M
AmgenAMGN59.1759.7959.0059.268.86M
Coca-ColaKO54.9155.1854.6554.808.32M
Procter & GamblePG63.9464.1263.5863.628.2M
AlphabetGOOGL560.48572.00558.66562.887.85M
International Business MachinesIBM129.36130.73129.13129.247.6M
PepsicoPEP66.3767.0066.3566.556.25M
McDonald'sMCD67.1367.4466.8466.905.71M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B81.6782.2881.3681.705.46M
BoeingBA72.9573.4372.0072.495.43M
VisaV89.6891.7889.4990.415.09M
3MMMM82.0182.2580.8480.934.94M
Union PacificUNP73.5574.2772.5572.673.98M
United TechnologiesUTX73.4173.8273.1873.273.94M
Exchange Rates of March 25, 2010
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 92.670 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.024 CAD1 CAD = 0.977 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.073 CHF1 CHF = 0.932 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.828 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 123.100 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.896 GBP1 GBP = 1.116 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.462 AUD1 AUD = 0.684 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.360 CAD1 CAD = 0.735 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.426 CHF1 CHF = 0.701 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.067 CNY1 CNY = 0.110 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.728 GBP1 GBP = 1.374 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.187 AUD1 AUD = 0.842 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.105 CAD1 CAD = 0.905 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.158 CHF1 CHF = 0.864 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.631 AUD1 AUD = 0.613 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.518 CAD1 CAD = 0.659 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.591 CHF1 CHF = 0.629 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.104 CNY1 CNY = 0.099 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.930 CAD1 CAD = 1.075 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.975 CHF1 CHF = 1.026 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.199 CNY1 CNY = 0.161 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1.048 CHF1 CHF = 0.954 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.665 CNY1 CNY = 0.150 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.358 CNY1 CNY = 0.157 CHF

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