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

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Microsoft MSFT 27,61 28,01 27,60 27,94 48.4M
General Electric GE 28,35 28,91 28,30 28,83 42.7M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 29,35 30,44 28,98 30,43 37M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 37,66 38,88 37,23 38,88 34.7M
Pfizer PFE 19,17 19,30 19,10 19,27 32.9M
Intel INTC 23,59 23,71 23,46 23,59 30.3M
Cisco Systems CSCO 24,48 24,78 24,41 24,66 28.5M
AT&T Inc. T 31,40 32,40 31,40 32,23 27.9M
ExxonMobil XOM 81,06 81,19 79,89 81,18 20.3M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 22,29 22,73 22,27 22,64 18.7M
Apple AAPL 175,28 176,25 172,75 173,74 15.4M
Home Depot HD 27,41 27,64 26,99 27,42 13.6M
HP Inc. HPQ 46,81 47,33 46,56 47,33 13.6M
Comcast CMCSA 21,38 21,74 21,31 21,66 13.6M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 59,42 60,04 59,02 59,88 12.1M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 21,50 21,71 21,33 21,64 11.9M
Verizon Communications VZ 34,86 35,55 34,80 35,47 11.9M
ConocoPhillips COP 84,14 84,80 82,00 83,31 10.5M
Amgen AMGN 63,44 64,17 63,44 64,08 10.5M
Coca-Cola KO 53,25 53,57 52,90 53,12 10.4M
Altria MO 20,63 21,04 20,63 21,04 10M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 31,89 32,67 31,77 32,59 9.68M
Merck MRK 35,91 36,57 35,89 36,40 9.36M
Chevron CVX 87,32 87,49 85,36 87,18 8.86M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 57,96 58,87 57,76 58,75 8.4M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 71,48 71,69 71,17 71,41 8.15M
Procter & Gamble PG 70,35 71,20 69,81 71,01 8.11M
Amazon AMZN 82,21 83,65 81,80 83,42 7.83M
Schlumberger SLB 99,05 99,24 96,12 96,68 6.87M
Visa V 74,75 75,81 74,17 75,65 6.69M
Alphabet GOOGL 472,49 476,45 470,33 473,78 6.05M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 29,55 30,22 29,43 30,06 5.95M
Gilead Sciences GILD 52,81 53,38 52,56 53,21 5.82M
McDonald's MCD 62,34 62,95 61,71 62,89 5.76M
International Business Machines IBM 124,06 125,45 123,58 124,58 5.45M
Boeing BA 64,78 66,98 64,26 66,34 4.45M
Union Pacific UNP 82,70 84,04 82,70 83,74 4.36M
3M MMM 71,01 72,66 70,91 72,50 3.89M
United Technologies UTX 65,39 66,98 65,01 66,72 3.58M
Pepsico PEP 69,37 69,46 68,88 69,19 3.33M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3868,00 3933,00 3866,50 3930,00 17.7K
Exchange Rates of August 28, 2008
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 109,430 JPY 1 JPY = 0,009 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1,051 CAD 1 CAD = 0,951 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1,099 CHF 1 CHF = 0,910 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6,829 CNY 1 CNY = 0,146 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 160,840 JPY 1 JPY = 0,006 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0,804 GBP 1 GBP = 1,244 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,705 AUD 1 AUD = 0,587 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,545 CAD 1 CAD = 0,647 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1,615 CHF 1 CHF = 0,619 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0,499 GBP 1 GBP = 2,002 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,059 AUD 1 AUD = 0,944 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0,960 CAD 1 CAD = 1,041 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1,004 CHF 1 CHF = 0,996 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2,121 AUD 1 AUD = 0,471 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,922 CAD 1 CAD = 0,520 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2,009 CHF 1 CHF = 0,498 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0,906 CAD 1 CAD = 1,104 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0,947 CHF 1 CHF = 1,056 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 1,045 CHF 1 CHF = 0,957 CAD

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