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

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
IntelINTC21.5521.8421.5321.7253.3M
AmazonAMZN37.3037.9836.0437.6846.5M
MicrosoftMSFT28.2828.4628.1428.3140.7M
Cisco SystemsCSCO24.2324.4224.0924.2938.9M
AltriaMO79.2182.9479.0182.1037.4M
PfizerPFE27.1727.4527.0627.4336.1M
Oracle Corp.ORCL18.9118.9818.5518.6236.1M
ExxonMobilXOM69.7271.4069.3671.0125.8M
General ElectricGE35.4435.6535.3535.6122.1M
AT&T Inc.T34.6634.7934.2034.3320.9M
AlphabetGOOGL477.49488.50475.11486.6018.4M
ConocoPhillipsCOP61.2563.2061.1562.7517.9M
AppleAAPL81.3582.0081.0181.6817.3M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT51.0551.7850.5550.8517.3M
HP Inc.HPQ39.5639.6838.9239.1714.8M
SchlumbergerSLB62.3564.6861.8063.8914.4M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH49.8549.9048.4448.6313M
Home DepotHD36.5736.7036.3336.6012.4M
ChevronCVX66.6668.2666.4267.5811.9M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ38.0038.3337.9638.3010.8M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM47.3047.5046.9247.279.02M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY24.8424.9424.4624.668.93M
McDonald'sMCD42.2442.4841.6942.008.89M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT47.9748.3547.6948.288.84M
ComcastCMCSA38.8839.1238.6038.768.56M
MerckMRK45.9046.0945.7946.078.45M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS31.4631.5531.0031.207.59M
AmgenAMGN74.8875.4374.8275.437.2M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC36.4536.5436.0336.397.1M
BoeingBA82.6082.6080.6080.867.07M
Coca-ColaKO47.1547.2847.0047.197.06M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ68.7568.9568.4768.837.01M
International Business MachinesIBM91.2191.9990.9491.836.12M
PepsicoPEP63.3063.9062.9463.646.07M
Procter & GamblePG62.9863.4062.8263.135.91M
Gilead SciencesGILD68.3968.7567.1267.953.83M
United TechnologiesUTX65.2965.4964.8665.252.85M
3MMMM79.7579.9578.8279.462.3M
Union PacificUNP92.0092.8791.3891.781.99M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3370.003420.003350.003392.0021K
Exchange Rates of October 25, 2006
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 119.010 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.124 CAD1 CAD = 0.890 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.264 CHF1 CHF = 0.791 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 7.902 CNY1 CNY = 0.127 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 150.030 JPY1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.671 GBP1 GBP = 1.490 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.656 AUD1 AUD = 0.604 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.416 CAD1 CAD = 0.706 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.594 CHF1 CHF = 0.627 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.447 GBP1 GBP = 2.236 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.104 AUD1 AUD = 0.906 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 0.944 CAD1 CAD = 1.060 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.062 CHF1 CHF = 0.941 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.468 AUD1 AUD = 0.405 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 2.110 CAD1 CAD = 0.474 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 2.374 CHF1 CHF = 0.421 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.854 CAD1 CAD = 1.171 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.962 CHF1 CHF = 1.040 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1.125 CHF1 CHF = 0.889 CAD

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