Financial news on April 30, 2013

Business and Financial news
As Fliers Chase Low Fares, Fees for the Extras Add Up

Joe Sharkey On the Road column notes airlines are justifying fee increases for schedule changes, premium seating and other amenities by citing overall consumer demand for low fares. Read more..

By JOE SHARKEY - The New York Times

Chrysler Reports a Profit Drop of 65%

The automaker said first-quarter earnings fell because it spent heavily to prepare to introduce new vehicles, and it reaffirmed earlier full-year forecasts. Read more..

By BILL VLASIC - The New York Times

Confidence Slumps in Euro Zone

Confidence in the European economy fell for a second straight month, strengthening the case for a cut in interest rates this week. Read more..

By REUTERS - International Herald Tribune

Dispatches From the Foxholes of Business Travel

From damaged luggage to seatmates unfamiliar with soap, the road warriors have tales to tell. Read more..

By J. PEDER ZANE - The New York Times

Euro Zone Officials Give Greece Additional $2.8 Billion in Loans

The aid comes after Greek lawmakers approved a controversial plan to dismiss 15,000 civil servants by the end of next year. Read more..

By NIKI KITSANTONIS - The New York Times

I.M.F. Warns of ‘Middle-Income Trap’ in Asia

Economies must improve government institutions and liberalize rigid labor and product markets to encourage development to avoid a middle-income plateau, the fund said. Read more..

By REUTERS - International Herald Tribune

New Der Spiegel Editor Will Also Oversee Web Business

Wolfgang Büchner, the former top editor at the newswire Deutsche Presse-Agentur, will work at integrating two highly autonomous enterprises. Read more..

By ERIC PFANNER - International Herald Tribune

Playing the Long Game in Berlin

When the German finance minister said this month that a change to the E.U. treaty was necessary if Europe were to build a full banking union, there was more than a little angst in Brussels. Read more..

By LUKE BAKER | REUTERS - International Herald Tribune

Seeing Tourism as Crucial, Indonesia Tries to Step Up Its Game

With its revenue from commodities slipping, Indonesia is pushing to draw more tourists, but it faces obstacles including poor infrastructure and concerns about safety. Read more..

By SARA SCHONHARDT - International Herald Tribune

Tech Companies Lead S.&P. to New High

Stocks rise, recovering ground lost in previous two weeks, as technology companies lead Standard & Poor's 500-stock index to new closing high. Read more..

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Microsoft MSFT 32,56 33,11 32,28 33,10 75.2M
Pfizer PFE 29,42 29,89 29,03 29,07 70M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 32,22 32,87 32,22 32,78 50M
Intel INTC 23,72 24,00 23,64 23,95 41.5M
Cisco Systems CSCO 20,99 21,25 20,80 20,92 37.8M
Facebook FB 27,13 27,85 27,01 27,77 36.2M
General Electric GE 22,29 22,38 22,21 22,29 34.1M
Apple AAPL 435,10 445,25 432,07 442,78 24.7M
AT&T Inc. T 37,37 37,62 37,28 37,46 24.1M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 37,96 38,04 37,54 37,98 20.6M
Merck MRK 47,75 47,84 47,00 47,00 19.7M
Verizon Communications VZ 53,51 54,31 53,45 53,91 16.1M
HP Inc. HPQ 20,55 20,70 20,24 20,60 15.1M
ExxonMobil XOM 88,26 88,99 87,76 88,99 14.6M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 48,96 49,25 48,72 49,01 13.8M
Gilead Sciences GILD 50,75 50,89 49,43 50,64 13.6M
Coca-Cola KO 42,15 42,39 41,88 42,33 13.4M
Altria MO 36,56 36,59 36,28 36,51 12.3M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 85,39 85,70 84,89 85,23 12.1M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 39,83 39,83 39,18 39,72 11.9M
Procter & Gamble PG 77,86 77,89 76,60 76,77 9.65M
Comcast CMCSA 41,66 41,68 41,13 41,30 8.88M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 62,93 63,08 62,44 62,84 8.53M
General Motors GM 30,77 30,97 30,57 30,84 8.12M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 78,28 78,30 77,37 77,72 7.97M
International Business Machines IBM 199,13 202,59 197,35 202,54 7.54M
Schlumberger SLB 74,17 74,62 73,34 74,43 7.39M
Chevron CVX 121,05 122,01 120,12 122,01 6.91M
Home Depot HD 73,50 74,01 73,22 73,35 6.6M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 36,70 36,98 36,48 36,92 6.43M
ConocoPhillips COP 59,84 60,45 59,51 60,45 6.21M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 60,14 60,38 59,21 59,93 5.7M
Amgen AMGN 106,66 106,66 103,85 104,21 5.48M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 106,60 106,70 105,63 106,32 5.05M
Boeing BA 91,35 91,99 90,82 91,41 4.71M
Alphabet GOOGL 819,00 827,64 817,68 824,57 4.61M
Amazon AMZN 249,37 254,68 248,56 253,81 4.25M
McDonald's MCD 102,27 102,36 101,56 102,14 4.21M
United Technologies UTX 92,10 92,23 91,04 91,29 4.18M
Pepsico PEP 82,41 82,65 82,02 82,47 4.12M
3M MMM 103,98 104,74 102,97 104,71 3.77M
Visa V 168,59 169,90 168,04 168,46 3.04M
Union Pacific UNP 147,49 148,00 146,32 147,96 1.7M
Exchange Rates of April 30, 2013
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 97,370 JPY 1 JPY = 0,010 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1,007 CAD 1 CAD = 0,993 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0,929 CHF 1 CHF = 1,076 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6,165 CNY 1 CNY = 0,162 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 128,220 JPY 1 JPY = 0,008 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0,847 GBP 1 GBP = 1,180 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,270 AUD 1 AUD = 0,787 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,326 CAD 1 CAD = 0,754 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1,224 CHF 1 CHF = 0,817 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 8,123 CNY 1 CNY = 0,123 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0,661 GBP 1 GBP = 1,514 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 0,990 AUD 1 AUD = 1,010 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,034 CAD 1 CAD = 0,967 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 0,954 CHF 1 CHF = 1,048 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,498 AUD 1 AUD = 0,667 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1,564 CAD 1 CAD = 0,639 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1,444 CHF 1 CHF = 0,693 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9,584 CNY 1 CNY = 0,104 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 1,044 CAD 1 CAD = 0,958 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0,963 CHF 1 CHF = 1,039 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 6,396 CNY 1 CNY = 0,156 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0,922 CHF 1 CHF = 1,084 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 6,124 CNY 1 CNY = 0,163 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6,636 CNY 1 CNY = 0,151 CHF

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