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

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 20.36 21.96 19.90 20.01 116M
General Electric GE 12.53 12.81 12.52 12.65 114M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 35.01 35.21 32.75 33.00 94.6M
Microsoft MSFT 20.60 21.10 20.01 20.26 87.4M
Intel INTC 15.61 16.16 15.50 15.78 77.8M
Pfizer PFE 13.58 13.72 13.28 13.36 64.7M
Cisco Systems CSCO 19.69 19.93 19.10 19.32 60.4M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 19.75 19.94 19.04 19.34 49.4M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 21.28 22.57 21.15 21.90 36.6M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 43.00 43.07 41.37 41.85 35.1M
ExxonMobil XOM 68.64 68.74 66.22 66.67 35.1M
Comcast CMCSA 16.20 16.30 15.37 15.46 34.8M
AT&T Inc. T 25.83 25.95 25.34 25.62 32.5M
Merck MRK 24.12 24.58 24.00 24.24 28.1M
Visa V 64.14 68.00 63.92 64.96 25.4M
Procter & Gamble PG 50.23 50.23 48.25 49.44 24.6M
Verizon Communications VZ 30.74 30.77 29.99 30.34 23.9M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 50.84 50.85 49.93 50.40 23.1M
Altria MO 16.96 16.98 16.33 16.33 20.9M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 51.47 52.61 51.35 52.36 20M
HP Inc. HPQ 36.78 37.40 35.73 35.98 19.4M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 19.28 19.34 18.97 19.20 18.9M
ConocoPhillips COP 42.05 42.23 40.52 41.00 18.9M
Home Depot HD 26.55 27.07 26.27 26.32 18.3M
Coca-Cola KO 43.13 44.07 42.80 43.05 18M
Apple AAPL 126.22 127.00 124.92 125.83 17.8M
Chevron CVX 68.00 68.00 65.30 66.10 14.1M
Schlumberger SLB 50.79 50.79 47.91 48.99 13.1M
Amgen AMGN 51.33 51.33 48.25 48.47 12.2M
Gilead Sciences GILD 47.37 47.48 45.10 45.80 11.8M
McDonald's MCD 54.71 55.24 53.10 53.29 11.2M
Pepsico PEP 50.91 51.00 49.52 49.76 11M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 24.40 24.46 23.37 23.52 10.7M
International Business Machines IBM 104.55 106.05 102.85 103.21 10.7M
Alphabet GOOGL 395.76 403.75 394.80 395.97 8.7M
Amazon AMZN 80.93 82.67 79.89 80.52 8.54M
Boeing BA 41.07 41.74 39.90 40.05 7.03M
United Technologies UTX 49.48 50.28 48.52 48.84 6.54M
Union Pacific UNP 49.49 50.72 49.06 49.14 6.1M
3M MMM 58.18 58.98 57.00 57.60 5.36M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3100.00 3155.00 3041.00 3065.00 42.5K
Exchange Rates of April 30, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 98.560 JPY 1 JPY = 0.010 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.194 CAD 1 CAD = 0.838 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1.141 CHF 1 CHF = 0.877 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.818 CNY 1 CNY = 0.147 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 130.350 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.894 GBP 1 GBP = 1.118 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.823 AUD 1 AUD = 0.549 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.579 CAD 1 CAD = 0.633 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.509 CHF 1 CHF = 0.663 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 9.033 CNY 1 CNY = 0.111 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.686 GBP 1 GBP = 1.458 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.398 AUD 1 AUD = 0.715 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1.211 CAD 1 CAD = 0.826 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1.157 CHF 1 CHF = 0.864 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2.038 AUD 1 AUD = 0.491 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.765 CAD 1 CAD = 0.566 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.686 CHF 1 CHF = 0.593 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 10.084 CNY 1 CNY = 0.099 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.866 CAD 1 CAD = 1.155 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.827 CHF 1 CHF = 1.209 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 4.954 CNY 1 CNY = 0.202 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.955 CHF 1 CHF = 1.047 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 5.706 CNY 1 CNY = 0.175 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 5.981 CNY 1 CNY = 0.167 CHF

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