Financial news on August 27th, 2009

Business and Financial news
A Big Gain in July for New-Home Sales

The surge of nearly 10 percent from a month earlier is another sign that the housing market is turning around. Read more..

By JACK HEALY - The New York Times

Tools for Twitter

Twitter has published the specs for accessing its service so that outsiders can write their own Twitter programs — and create Web sites that access the stream of posts and add all kinds of features. Read more..

By DAVID POGUE - The New York Times

Tuning Up a Second-Hand PC

This Windows computer I inherited sounds like an air-conditioner running constantly, and can take several minutes to go from page to page. How can I speed it up? Read more..

By J.D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE14.1014.2513.9514.1963.8M
IntelINTC19.3519.5319.1619.4751.4M
MicrosoftMSFT24.4124.7824.3024.6945.5M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC27.5527.8527.3627.7435.3M
Cisco SystemsCSCO21.6721.9121.4721.8830.3M
PfizerPFE16.6616.9316.6016.8630.2M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM43.0543.6342.5443.4529M
ComcastCMCSA15.1015.6314.9715.5526.2M
ExxonMobilXOM71.0771.1769.9970.8621.4M
AltriaMO18.2218.2818.0018.2720.9M
AT&T Inc.T26.6726.6726.2026.4220.3M
Oracle Corp.ORCL22.1622.2121.7822.1620M
ConocoPhillipsCOP45.4945.8844.5745.7319.7M
BoeingBA51.3752.3851.0051.8217.8M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT51.6551.7551.1251.2417.2M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT46.1746.6645.9146.6116.3M
AppleAAPL168.75169.57164.83169.4516M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ31.6231.6230.9431.0515M
HP Inc.HPQ44.4344.8844.1944.8115M
Home DepotHD27.6027.6927.2027.5513.4M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ60.5760.7359.9560.4911M
Procter & GamblePG53.3053.4152.7053.0610.4M
MerckMRK32.6033.0032.2132.879.83M
SchlumbergerSLB56.5257.3055.2556.909.38M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS27.1027.1126.5127.019.04M
McDonald'sMCD57.0657.1856.5956.668.46M
ChevronCVX70.7171.2269.5471.008.32M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY22.8122.8822.6422.788.05M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH28.8229.2128.5228.947.78M
Coca-ColaKO49.1849.6448.7649.446.94M
AmgenAMGN60.8561.1860.0060.256.1M
PepsicoPEP57.5958.1057.5057.765.85M
Gilead SciencesGILD46.0146.1645.2545.825.59M
VisaV69.6870.2569.2869.715.15M
International Business MachinesIBM118.73119.59117.85119.434.36M
United TechnologiesUTX59.6260.4459.5360.014.08M
3MMMM71.4871.8470.4671.634.08M
AmazonAMZN84.0184.8583.1484.314M
AlphabetGOOGL468.58468.58460.73466.063.99M
Union PacificUNP60.0760.9259.1060.562.63M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3300.003300.003235.503288.0027K
Exchange Rates of August 27th, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 93.430 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.088 CAD1 CAD = 0.920 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.059 CHF1 CHF = 0.945 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.832 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 134.040 JPY1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.882 GBP1 GBP = 1.134 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.710 AUD1 AUD = 0.585 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.560 CAD1 CAD = 0.641 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.519 CHF1 CHF = 0.658 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.801 CNY1 CNY = 0.102 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.658 GBP1 GBP = 1.521 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.275 AUD1 AUD = 0.784 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.164 CAD1 CAD = 0.859 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.133 CHF1 CHF = 0.883 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.940 AUD1 AUD = 0.516 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.769 CAD1 CAD = 0.565 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.722 CHF1 CHF = 0.581 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 11.105 CNY1 CNY = 0.090 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.912 CAD1 CAD = 1.097 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.888 CHF1 CHF = 1.127 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 5.729 CNY1 CNY = 0.175 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.973 CHF1 CHF = 1.028 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.281 CNY1 CNY = 0.159 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.450 CNY1 CNY = 0.155 CHF

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