Financial news on October 25, 2006

Business and Financial news
A Cappuccino With the 2x4’s?

Amid the worst housing market in a decade, Home Depot has begun selling more than just home improvement products. Read more..

By MICHAEL BARBARO and CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCH - The New York Times

China Trade Policies Draw a Warning From Europe

E.U. authorities warned China Tuesday to open up a “two-way street” for global commerce or face action at the World Trade Organization. Read more..

By JAMES KANTER<br />International Herald Tribune - The New York Times

Cultivating Server Farms

The good times are back for data center operators. Over the next 10 years, more than half expect to expand, according to a 2006 survey. Read more..

By KRISTINA SHEVORY - The New York Times

Finance Chief of Refco Is Indicted

The former finance chief of Refco was indicted Tuesday, accused of helping to hide hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. Read more..

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED - The New York Times

No Mob Bosses in This Legal Strategy

Vivendi on Monday used the American RICO Act, originally aimed at mob bosses and corrupt union chiefs, to sue Deutsche Telekom in a U.S. court. Read more..

By KEN BELSON and KEVIN J. O&#8217;BRIEN - The New York Times

Out of the Kitchen and Into the Shopping Mall

Carol’s Daughter has accomplished something that is rare for a homegrown business, especially one started by an African-American - it is opening stores in malls. Read more..

By TERRY PRISTIN - The New York Times

Vietnam’s Roaring Economy Is Set for World Stage

Since Vietnam has gone from communism to a form of capitalism, it has begun surpassing many of its neighbors. Read more..

By KEITH BRADSHER - The New York Times

Wal-Mart’s Chief Says Chain Became Too Trendy Too Quickly

Wal-Mart’s chief executive, H. Lee Scott Jr., said Tuesday that the company had “moved too far too fast” with fashionable clothing. Read more..

By MICHAEL BARBARO - The New York Times

World Business Briefing: Americas, Europe and Asia

AMERICAS. Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Intel INTC 21.55 21.84 21.53 21.72 53.3M
Amazon AMZN 37.30 37.98 36.04 37.68 46.5M
Microsoft MSFT 28.28 28.46 28.14 28.31 40.7M
Cisco Systems CSCO 24.23 24.42 24.09 24.29 38.9M
Altria MO 79.21 82.94 79.01 82.10 37.4M
Pfizer PFE 27.17 27.45 27.06 27.43 36.1M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 18.91 18.98 18.55 18.62 36.1M
ExxonMobil XOM 69.72 71.40 69.36 71.01 25.8M
General Electric GE 35.44 35.65 35.35 35.61 22.1M
AT&T Inc. T 34.66 34.79 34.20 34.33 20.9M
Alphabet GOOGL 477.49 488.50 475.11 486.60 18.4M
ConocoPhillips COP 61.25 63.20 61.15 62.75 17.9M
Apple AAPL 81.35 82.00 81.01 81.68 17.3M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 51.05 51.78 50.55 50.85 17.3M
HP Inc. HPQ 39.56 39.68 38.92 39.17 14.8M
Schlumberger SLB 62.35 64.68 61.80 63.89 14.4M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 49.85 49.90 48.44 48.63 13M
Home Depot HD 36.57 36.70 36.33 36.60 12.4M
Chevron CVX 66.66 68.26 66.42 67.58 11.9M
Verizon Communications VZ 38.00 38.33 37.96 38.30 10.8M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 47.30 47.50 46.92 47.27 9.02M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 24.84 24.94 24.46 24.66 8.93M
McDonald's MCD 42.24 42.48 41.69 42.00 8.89M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 47.97 48.35 47.69 48.28 8.84M
Comcast CMCSA 38.88 39.12 38.60 38.76 8.56M
Merck MRK 45.90 46.09 45.79 46.07 8.45M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 31.46 31.55 31.00 31.20 7.59M
Amgen AMGN 74.88 75.43 74.82 75.43 7.2M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 36.45 36.54 36.03 36.39 7.1M
Boeing BA 82.60 82.60 80.60 80.86 7.07M
Coca-Cola KO 47.15 47.28 47.00 47.19 7.06M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 68.75 68.95 68.47 68.83 7.01M
International Business Machines IBM 91.21 91.99 90.94 91.83 6.12M
Pepsico PEP 63.30 63.90 62.94 63.64 6.07M
Procter & Gamble PG 62.98 63.40 62.82 63.13 5.91M
Gilead Sciences GILD 68.39 68.75 67.12 67.95 3.83M
United Technologies UTX 65.29 65.49 64.86 65.25 2.85M
3M MMM 79.75 79.95 78.82 79.46 2.3M
Union Pacific UNP 92.00 92.87 91.38 91.78 1.99M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3370.00 3420.00 3350.00 3392.00 21K
Exchange Rates of October 25, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 119.010 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.124 CAD 1 CAD = 0.890 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.264 CHF 1 CHF = 0.791 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 7.902 CNY 1 CNY = 0.127 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 150.030 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.671 GBP 1 GBP = 1.490 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.656 AUD 1 AUD = 0.604 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.416 CAD 1 CAD = 0.706 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.594 CHF 1 CHF = 0.627 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.447 GBP 1 GBP = 2.236 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.104 AUD 1 AUD = 0.906 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.944 CAD 1 CAD = 1.060 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.062 CHF 1 CHF = 0.941 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.468 AUD 1 AUD = 0.405 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.110 CAD 1 CAD = 0.474 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2.374 CHF 1 CHF = 0.421 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.854 CAD 1 CAD = 1.171 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.962 CHF 1 CHF = 1.040 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 1.125 CHF 1 CHF = 0.889 CAD

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