Financial news on December 26, 2014

Business and Financial news
Adding the Sun, Moon and Stars to Google Calendar

Include some interesting events — off-planet and closer — to your daily reminders. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Affordable Care Act’s Tax Effects Now Loom for Filers

Tara Siegel Bernard Your Money column observes Affordable Care Act will be reconciled through tax returns in 2015; notes this means millions of taxpayers will have to deal with new tax forms and calculations that might have unexpected financial impacts; outlines some of biggest ways new tax law may affect taxpayers. Read more..

By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD - The New York Times

Daily Report: M.B.A. Programs Start to Follow Silicon Valley Into the Data Age

Leading business schools are breaking from traditional approaches and picking up the digital-age arts of speed and constant experimentation. Read more..

By THE NEW YORK TIMES - The New York Times

Drawn in a Forest

A tough but fair puzzle by David Phillips. Read more..

By DEB AMLEN - The New York Times

How Affordable Care Act Rules Affect Your Taxes

Questions and answers for taxpayers who bought health care through health insurance exchange and must report their health care status on their tax returns. Read more..

By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD - The New York Times

In Advertising, It's About Who Gets Credit for the Sale

Oracle’s purchase of Datalogix sheds a light on an important side of the digital advertising business: connecting an ad you see with a product you buy. Read more..

By VINDU GOEL - The New York Times

J. Robert Beyster, Scientist and Entrepreneur, Is Dead at 90

J Robert Beyster, founder of innovative research firm Science Applications International Corporation, dies at age 90. Read more..

By DANIELLE IVORY - The New York Times

Saving the Earth Without Losing a Buck

Eco-conscious buyers, primarily from North America, are playing an increasing role in the Costa Rica market, developers and sales agents say. Read more..

By KEVIN BRASS - The New York Times

Scaled-Up Banking Rescue to Push Russian Budget Into Deficit

Russia’s central bank said its bailout of Trust Bank – the first major lender to fail as a result of the sharp decline in the ruble – would cost about $2.5 billion, far more than previously anticipated. Read more..

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN - The New York Times

Video Review: Kia’s Soul EV, a New Age Car With an Electric Vibe

Driven column; 2015 Kia Soul EV is a good, affordable electric car starting at $33,700. Read more..

By TOM VOELK - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Apple AAPL 112.10 114.52 112.01 113.99 33.7M
Gilead Sciences GILD 92.76 94.36 92.31 93.79 17.6M
General Electric GE 25.84 25.90 25.74 25.78 15M
Intel INTC 37.52 37.74 37.52 37.55 14M
Microsoft MSFT 48.41 48.41 47.82 47.88 13.2M
AT&T Inc. T 34.05 34.23 33.98 34.17 11.5M
Facebook FB 81.02 81.28 80.51 80.78 10.6M
ExxonMobil XOM 93.99 94.43 92.62 93.21 10.6M
Cisco Systems CSCO 28.50 28.50 28.28 28.35 9.74M
Pfizer PFE 31.50 31.84 31.30 31.65 8.61M
Verizon Communications VZ 47.90 47.95 47.73 47.86 7.04M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 46.19 46.50 46.07 46.10 6.9M
General Motors GM 33.55 33.85 33.45 33.73 6.67M
Coca-Cola KO 42.97 43.30 42.93 42.96 6.47M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 62.67 62.89 62.41 62.55 6.09M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 55.41 55.54 55.26 55.28 5.83M
Comcast CMCSA 58.05 58.55 57.83 58.39 5.69M
HP Inc. HPQ 40.53 40.95 40.50 40.70 4.9M
Schlumberger SLB 87.55 88.03 86.52 87.13 4.84M
Merck MRK 57.68 58.02 57.59 57.78 4.67M
Chevron CVX 113.93 114.35 112.82 113.25 4.38M
McDonald's MCD 94.10 94.93 93.95 94.78 3.88M
ConocoPhillips COP 70.55 70.79 69.52 69.88 3.34M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 86.18 87.14 86.01 86.91 3.25M
Procter & Gamble PG 93.15 93.81 93.06 93.46 3.15M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 94.74 95.31 94.52 95.03 3.14M
Altria MO 50.35 50.82 50.34 50.60 2.99M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 105.07 105.69 104.69 105.06 2.95M
Amazon AMZN 305.00 310.78 303.81 309.09 2.89M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 59.37 60.00 59.33 59.58 2.86M
Home Depot HD 103.98 104.32 103.48 103.75 2.59M
Boeing BA 131.29 131.93 130.23 131.63 2.24M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 45.81 46.18 45.71 45.85 2.06M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 102.59 103.00 102.16 102.55 2.02M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 151.66 152.13 151.25 151.35 1.93M
International Business Machines IBM 162.27 163.09 162.01 162.34 1.91M
Amgen AMGN 162.16 164.15 161.85 163.46 1.71M
Union Pacific UNP 120.88 120.99 120.07 120.39 1.67M
3M MMM 167.34 167.81 166.15 166.26 1.61M
United Technologies UTX 117.52 117.80 117.10 117.24 1.6M
Pepsico PEP 97.12 97.57 96.97 97.05 1.49M
Visa V 267.63 269.32 266.62 266.62 1.19M
Alphabet GOOGL 536.93 543.25 535.49 541.52 1.11M
Exchange Rates of December 26, 2014
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Euro 1 USD = 0.821 EUR 1 EUR = 1.218 USD
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 120.490 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 USD
US Dollar Pound Sterling 1 USD = 0.642 GBP 1 GBP = 1.557 USD
US Dollar Australian Dollar 1 USD = 1.231 AUD 1 AUD = 0.812 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.163 CAD 1 CAD = 0.860 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.987 CHF 1 CHF = 1.013 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.215 CNY 1 CNY = 0.161 USD
US Dollar Mexican Peso 1 USD = 14.744 MXN 1 MXN = 0.068 USD
US Dollar Swidish Krona 1 USD = 7.852 SEK 1 SEK = 0.127 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 146.940 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.783 GBP 1 GBP = 1.277 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.495 AUD 1 AUD = 0.669 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.411 CAD 1 CAD = 0.709 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.202 CHF 1 CHF = 0.832 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 7.571 CNY 1 CNY = 0.132 EUR
Euro Mexican Peso 1 EUR = 17.980 MXN 1 MXN = 0.056 EUR
Euro Swidish Krona 1 EUR = 9.565 SEK 1 SEK = 0.105 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.005 GBP 1 GBP = 188.679 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.010 AUD 1 AUD = 98.039 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.010 CAD 1 CAD = 103.093 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 0.008 CHF 1 CHF = 121.951 JPY
Japanese Yen Chinese Yuan 1 JPY = 0.052 CNY 1 CNY = 19.417 JPY
Japanese Yen Mexican Peso 1 JPY = 0.122 MXN 1 MXN = 8.170 JPY
Japanese Yen Swidish Krona 1 JPY = 0.065 SEK 1 SEK = 15.456 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.916 AUD 1 AUD = 0.522 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.809 CAD 1 CAD = 0.553 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.536 CHF 1 CHF = 0.651 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9.669 CNY 1 CNY = 0.103 GBP
Pound Sterling Mexican Peso 1 GBP = 22.963 MXN 1 MXN = 0.044 GBP
Pound Sterling Swidish Krona 1 GBP = 12.214 SEK 1 SEK = 0.082 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.943 CAD 1 CAD = 1.060 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.801 CHF 1 CHF = 1.248 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 5.047 CNY 1 CNY = 0.198 AUD
Australian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 AUD = 11.985 MXN 1 MXN = 0.083 AUD
Australian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 AUD = 6.373 SEK 1 SEK = 0.157 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.848 CHF 1 CHF = 1.179 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 5.344 CNY 1 CNY = 0.187 CAD
Canadian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 CAD = 12.691 MXN 1 MXN = 0.079 CAD
Canadian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 CAD = 6.748 SEK 1 SEK = 0.148 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.294 CNY 1 CNY = 0.159 CHF
Swiss Franc Mexican Peso 1 CHF = 14.947 MXN 1 MXN = 0.067 CHF
Swiss Franc Swidish Krona 1 CHF = 7.953 SEK 1 SEK = 0.126 CHF

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