Financial news on April 30, 2009

Business and Financial news
A Billionaire, Sabotage and a Mysterious Death

A mechanic was found dead on railroad tracks in India after he reported that someone had tampered with the helicopter of Anil Ambani, the chairman of the Reliance ADA Group. Read more..

By HEATHER TIMMONS - The New York Times

Chrysler Files to Seek Bankruptcy Protection

President Obama forced Chrysler into federal bankruptcy protection on Thursday so it could pursue a lifesaving alliance with the Italian automaker Fiat. Read more..

By JIM RUTENBERG and BILL VLASIC - The New York Times

Fortis Investors Accept BNP Offer

Shareholders of Fortis refused to discharge the board for the 2008 financial year, leaving its members potentially liable if wrongdoing is discovered. Read more..

By DAVID JOLLY - The New York Times

Germany Predicts 6% Shrinkage in Economy

A country that depends on exports for 40 percent of its gross domestic product is hit hard by the worldwide recession. Read more..

By STEPHEN CASTLE - The New York Times

Insurer Oversight Is Not Yet Broken

State insurance oversight may not be ideal, but for now it appears preferable to the alternative. Read more..

By DWIGHT CASS - The New York Times

Microsoft Fights Antitrust Charge Over Its Browser

Microsoft is responding to Opera’s accusation that bundling Internet Explorer with Windows harms the market for browsers. Read more..

By KEVIN J. O'BRIEN - The New York Times

Panasonic’s Lumix GH1: The Footnotes

More on Panasonic’s Lumix GH1, the second Micro Four Thirds camera — a format intended to place an S.L.R.-sized sensor into a smaller body. Read more..

By DAVID POGUE - The New York Times

Radio Giant Faces Crisis in Cash Flow

Clear Channel, the radio station operator that was taken private last year, is facing mounting debt payments as media companies face a steep drop in advertising. Read more..

By GERALDINE FABRIKANT - The New York Times

Shares Rally in a Rejection of Pessimism

It may still be months before the economy turns around, but investors on Wednesday were acting as if a recovery was just around the bend, and bet heavily that the worst economic declines were over. Read more..

By JACK HEALY - The New York Times

Tip of the Week: Opening Incompatible Video Formats

For video files your current player can’t open, try VideoLAN’s VLC Player, a free, open-source multimedia player for Windows. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC20.3621.9619.9020.01116M
General ElectricGE12.5312.8112.5212.65114M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM35.0135.2132.7533.0094.6M
MicrosoftMSFT20.6021.1020.0120.2687.4M
IntelINTC15.6116.1615.5015.7877.8M
PfizerPFE13.5813.7213.2813.3664.7M
Cisco SystemsCSCO19.6919.9319.1019.3260.4M
Oracle Corp.ORCL19.7519.9419.0419.3449.4M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS21.2822.5721.1521.9036.6M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT43.0043.0741.3741.8535.1M
ExxonMobilXOM68.6468.7466.2266.6735.1M
ComcastCMCSA16.2016.3015.3715.4634.8M
AT&T Inc.T25.8325.9525.3425.6232.5M
MerckMRK24.1224.5824.0024.2428.1M
VisaV64.1468.0063.9264.9625.4M
Procter & GamblePG50.2350.2348.2549.4424.6M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ30.7430.7729.9930.3423.9M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT50.8450.8549.9350.4023.1M
AltriaMO16.9616.9816.3316.3320.9M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ51.4752.6151.3552.3620M
HP Inc.HPQ36.7837.4035.7335.9819.4M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY19.2819.3418.9719.2018.9M
ConocoPhillipsCOP42.0542.2340.5241.0018.9M
Home DepotHD26.5527.0726.2726.3218.3M
Coca-ColaKO43.1344.0742.8043.0518M
AppleAAPL126.22127.00124.92125.8317.8M
ChevronCVX68.0068.0065.3066.1014.1M
SchlumbergerSLB50.7950.7947.9148.9913.1M
AmgenAMGN51.3351.3348.2548.4712.2M
Gilead SciencesGILD47.3747.4845.1045.8011.8M
McDonald'sMCD54.7155.2453.1053.2911.2M
PepsicoPEP50.9151.0049.5249.7611M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH24.4024.4623.3723.5210.7M
International Business MachinesIBM104.55106.05102.85103.2110.7M
AlphabetGOOGL395.76403.75394.80395.978.7M
AmazonAMZN80.9382.6779.8980.528.54M
BoeingBA41.0741.7439.9040.057.03M
United TechnologiesUTX49.4850.2848.5248.846.54M
Union PacificUNP49.4950.7249.0649.146.1M
3MMMM58.1858.9857.0057.605.36M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3100.003155.003041.003065.0042.5K
Exchange Rates of April 30, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 98.560 JPY1 JPY = 0.010 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.194 CAD1 CAD = 0.838 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.141 CHF1 CHF = 0.877 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.818 CNY1 CNY = 0.147 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 130.350 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.894 GBP1 GBP = 1.118 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.823 AUD1 AUD = 0.549 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.579 CAD1 CAD = 0.633 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.509 CHF1 CHF = 0.663 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.033 CNY1 CNY = 0.111 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.686 GBP1 GBP = 1.458 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.398 AUD1 AUD = 0.715 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.211 CAD1 CAD = 0.826 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.157 CHF1 CHF = 0.864 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.038 AUD1 AUD = 0.491 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.765 CAD1 CAD = 0.566 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.686 CHF1 CHF = 0.593 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10.084 CNY1 CNY = 0.099 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.866 CAD1 CAD = 1.155 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.827 CHF1 CHF = 1.209 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 4.954 CNY1 CNY = 0.202 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.955 CHF1 CHF = 1.047 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 5.706 CNY1 CNY = 0.175 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 5.981 CNY1 CNY = 0.167 CHF

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