Financial news on August 28, 2008

Business and Financial news
Adding Memory to Your PC

I have a Dell Dimension 4500S that came with 256 megabytes of memory, and I added another 256 MB myself. Can I replace one of the modules with a one-gigabyte chip without any problems? Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

A Mouse to Aid Warriors in Their Arena of Choice

Made with the needs of videogame fans in mind, the Avatar mouse from NZXT comes with seven programmable buttons that can be custom-configured for different types of games. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

As Food Prices Soar, Brazil and Argentina React in Opposite Ways

In Brazil, the government is encouraging farmers to produce more for export while prices are high. But Argentina is focused on encouraging farmers to sell more at home. Read more..

By ANDREW DOWNIE - The New York Times

For the Advanced in Age, Easy-to-Use Technology

The companies that are successfully marketing new technologies to older people are the ones that have learned to create products that span generations, providing style and utility to a range of age groups. Read more..

By ERIC A. TAUB - The New York Times

Give Yourself or Others a New Look, Digitally

Combining a graphics tablet with a built-in camera and a computer-based set of creativity tools, Stylin’ Studio is the latest thing in face-editing technology. Read more..

By WARREN BUCKLEITNER - The New York Times

Major League Baseball Is Blogging Its Way Through the Playoffs

On one 30-second spot to promote the postseason, Major League Baseball evokes the tortured history of the Chicago Cubs, taps in to the iconography of new media and makes fun of the president. Read more..

By TIM ARANGO - The New York Times

Orders for Manufactured Goods Beat Forecasts

Durable goods orders rose a surprising 1.3 percent, and a gauge of business investment also rose unexpectedly. Read more..

By CATHERINE RAMPELL - The New York Times

Reasonable Volumes Built Into the Earbuds

With parental concerns in mind, the LoudEnough earbuds from Ultimate Ears have volume-limiting safeguards built into the hardware. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Tip of the Week: Adding RSS Feeds to Your Screensaver

Want to turn the Mac’s screensaver into a dynamic billboard for news headlines, favorite blog feeds or even Facebook notifications? Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

U.S. to Ease Pressure Tactic Over Legal Help for Employees

The Justice Department will roll back a set of rules that penalized companies if they insisted on paying employees’ legal fees or protecting their confidential communications with corporate lawyers. Read more..

By ERIC LICHTBLAU - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
MicrosoftMSFT27.6128.0127.6027.9448.4M
General ElectricGE28.3528.9128.3028.8342.7M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC29.3530.4428.9830.4337M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM37.6638.8837.2338.8834.7M
PfizerPFE19.1719.3019.1019.2732.9M
IntelINTC23.5923.7123.4623.5930.3M
Cisco SystemsCSCO24.4824.7824.4124.6628.5M
AT&T Inc.T31.4032.4031.4032.2327.9M
ExxonMobilXOM81.0681.1979.8981.1820.3M
Oracle Corp.ORCL22.2922.7322.2722.6418.7M
AppleAAPL175.28176.25172.75173.7415.4M
Home DepotHD27.4127.6426.9927.4213.6M
HP Inc.HPQ46.8147.3346.5647.3313.6M
ComcastCMCSA21.3821.7421.3121.6613.6M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT59.4260.0459.0259.8812.1M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY21.5021.7121.3321.6411.9M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ34.8635.5534.8035.4711.9M
ConocoPhillipsCOP84.1484.8082.0083.3110.5M
AmgenAMGN63.4464.1763.4464.0810.5M
Coca-ColaKO53.2553.5752.9053.1210.4M
AltriaMO20.6321.0420.6321.0410M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS31.8932.6731.7732.599.68M
MerckMRK35.9136.5735.8936.409.36M
ChevronCVX87.3287.4985.3687.188.86M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT57.9658.8757.7658.758.4M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ71.4871.6971.1771.418.15M
Procter & GamblePG70.3571.2069.8171.018.11M
AmazonAMZN82.2183.6581.8083.427.83M
SchlumbergerSLB99.0599.2496.1296.686.87M
VisaV74.7575.8174.1775.656.69M
AlphabetGOOGL472.49476.45470.33473.786.05M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH29.5530.2229.4330.065.95M
Gilead SciencesGILD52.8153.3852.5653.215.82M
McDonald'sMCD62.3462.9561.7162.895.76M
International Business MachinesIBM124.06125.45123.58124.585.45M
BoeingBA64.7866.9864.2666.344.45M
Union PacificUNP82.7084.0482.7083.744.36M
3MMMM71.0172.6670.9172.503.89M
United TechnologiesUTX65.3966.9865.0166.723.58M
PepsicoPEP69.3769.4668.8869.193.33M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3868.003933.003866.503930.0017.7K
Exchange Rates of August 28, 2008
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 109.430 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.051 CAD1 CAD = 0.951 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.099 CHF1 CHF = 0.910 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.829 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 160.840 JPY1 JPY = 0.006 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.804 GBP1 GBP = 1.244 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.705 AUD1 AUD = 0.587 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.545 CAD1 CAD = 0.647 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.615 CHF1 CHF = 0.619 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.499 GBP1 GBP = 2.002 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.059 AUD1 AUD = 0.944 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 0.960 CAD1 CAD = 1.041 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.004 CHF1 CHF = 0.996 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.121 AUD1 AUD = 0.471 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.922 CAD1 CAD = 0.520 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 2.009 CHF1 CHF = 0.498 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.906 CAD1 CAD = 1.104 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.947 CHF1 CHF = 1.056 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1.045 CHF1 CHF = 0.957 CAD

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