Financial news on March 25, 2011

Business and Financial news
BP’s Move to Join Russian Company in Arctic Drilling Set Back

An arbitration panel has blocked BP’s deal with Rosneft, but BP said it remained committed to the exploration agreement nonetheless. Read more..

By ANDREW E. KRAMER and CLIFFORD KRAUSS - The New York Times

Buffett and Gates Prod India’s Wealthy to Be More Philanthropic

Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett met with 70 of India’s wealthiest people and suggesting that they give more of their fortunes to charity. Read more..

By HEATHER TIMMONS and VIKAS BAJAJ - The New York Times

Exelon, Largest U.S. Reactor Owner, Seeks to Reassure

Exelon, the largest operator of nuclear plants in the United States, says it can handle emergencies not anticipated when the reactors were designed. Read more..

By MATTHEW L. WALD - The New York Times

Eyes Open, WaMu Still Failed

The former chief executive of Washington Mutual, who is facing a lawsuit from the F.D.I.C., was aware of the bank’s rush to make risky loans. Read more..

By FLOYD NORRIS - The New York Times

Morning Take-Out

Highlights from the DealBook newsletter. Read more..

By DEALBOOK - The New York Times

Orders for Manufactured Goods Fall Unexpectedly

The Commerce Department reports an unexpected decline in durable goods orders, while new claims for jobless benefits were lower. Read more..

By REUTERS - The New York Times

Pentagon Orders a Stop to Engine’s Construction

The Pentagon’s move follows a House vote to pay for a rival engine, but G.E. and Rolls hope some new members will switch their votes. Read more..

By CHRISTOPHER DREW - The New York Times

Starz to Delay Release of Shows on Netflix

The policy shift by the pay cable channel reflects an attitude change toward Netflix by many in Hollywood. Read more..

By BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Oracle Corp. ORCL 33.74 34.10 32.58 32.64 65M
Microsoft MSFT 25.93 25.95 25.59 25.62 57M
Cisco Systems CSCO 17.38 17.41 17.20 17.28 53.2M
Intel INTC 20.30 20.60 20.21 20.37 52.5M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 26.86 27.96 26.29 27.29 41.3M
General Electric GE 19.85 19.93 19.69 19.75 40.1M
Pfizer PFE 20.35 20.50 20.30 20.35 38.4M
AT&T Inc. T 28.65 28.90 28.62 28.85 23.6M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 31.50 32.22 31.39 31.94 23.5M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 45.70 46.38 45.67 45.86 20.7M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 48.23 48.23 47.62 48.03 17.9M
ExxonMobil XOM 82.99 83.93 82.82 83.62 16.5M
Apple AAPL 348.07 352.06 347.02 351.54 16M
HP Inc. HPQ 42.84 43.28 42.33 42.53 15.5M
General Motors GM 31.49 31.70 31.09 31.47 15.2M
Comcast CMCSA 24.87 25.15 24.75 25.02 12.5M
Schlumberger SLB 87.73 87.92 86.38 86.89 10.8M
Verizon Communications VZ 37.24 37.32 37.15 37.29 10.8M
Merck MRK 32.72 32.90 32.54 32.57 10.6M
ConocoPhillips COP 79.85 80.70 79.20 80.24 10.1M
Gilead Sciences GILD 42.23 42.55 41.95 42.08 9.71M
Chevron CVX 105.72 107.01 105.38 106.78 8.98M
Altria MO 25.97 26.02 25.79 25.82 8.9M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 59.01 59.09 58.65 58.98 8.08M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 42.94 43.24 42.78 42.97 7.94M
Procter & Gamble PG 61.18 61.38 60.71 60.88 7.76M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 52.56 52.67 52.28 52.35 7.61M
Home Depot HD 37.41 37.82 37.34 37.42 7.61M
Visa V 72.48 72.91 72.05 72.09 7.37M
Coca-Cola KO 64.87 65.39 64.82 65.22 6.21M
Alphabet GOOGL 586.88 586.91 579.24 579.74 5.71M
Amgen AMGN 53.41 53.79 53.00 53.15 5.59M
International Business Machines IBM 160.98 162.74 160.76 162.18 5.35M
Pepsico PEP 64.19 64.47 63.95 63.98 5.05M
Boeing BA 72.94 73.50 72.33 73.34 4.7M
McDonald's MCD 75.00 75.75 74.76 75.25 4.65M
Amazon AMZN 171.64 173.49 170.30 170.98 4.29M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 43.63 44.02 43.60 43.75 4.19M
United Technologies UTX 83.01 83.59 82.79 83.52 4.02M
Union Pacific UNP 95.65 98.00 95.32 97.59 3.19M
3M MMM 92.87 92.96 92.13 92.27 2.75M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 85.43 85.43 84.82 85.24 2.36M
Exchange Rates of March 25, 2011
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 81.340 JPY 1 JPY = 0.012 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 0.981 CAD 1 CAD = 1.019 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.920 CHF 1 CHF = 1.087 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.558 CNY 1 CNY = 0.152 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 114.590 JPY 1 JPY = 0.009 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.878 GBP 1 GBP = 1.139 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.373 AUD 1 AUD = 0.729 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.381 CAD 1 CAD = 0.724 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.296 CHF 1 CHF = 0.772 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 9.239 CNY 1 CNY = 0.108 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.766 GBP 1 GBP = 1.305 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.198 AUD 1 AUD = 0.835 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.206 CAD 1 CAD = 0.829 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.131 CHF 1 CHF = 0.884 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.563 AUD 1 AUD = 0.640 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.573 CAD 1 CAD = 0.636 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.475 CHF 1 CHF = 0.678 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 10.520 CNY 1 CNY = 0.095 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 1.006 CAD 1 CAD = 0.994 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.944 CHF 1 CHF = 1.060 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6.728 CNY 1 CNY = 0.149 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.938 CHF 1 CHF = 1.067 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6.682 CNY 1 CNY = 0.150 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 7.132 CNY 1 CNY = 0.140 CHF

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