Financial news on June 30th, 2008

Business and Financial news
A Movie on Your TV at Home, Before You Can Rent It

In an industry first, Sony Pictures’ movie “Hancock” will be available after its theater run over the Internet, directly to Sony Bravia TVs with a Web connection. Read more..

By TIM ARANGO - The New York Times

Don’t Forget the Middle People

The Screen Actors Guild, now embroiled in negotiations with film and television producers over a new contract, has made the plight of the middle-income actor the centerpiece of its campaign for more lucrative terms. Read more..

By BROOKS BARNES - The New York Times

Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal

Google will syndicate a new animation series using its AdSense advertising system to Web sites that are predetermined to be gathering spots for the show’s target audience. Read more..

By BROOKS BARNES - The New York Times

Intel’s Dominance Is Challenged by a Low-Power Upstart

Intel might do well to be alarmed by the computer chips being designed by Qualcomm, a maker of chips for cellphones. Read more..

By JOHN MARKOFF - The New York Times

Little Movies, Big Problems

Once you start looking under the tent poles, perhaps for a film where nothing is blown up, movie box office numbers become grim. Read more..

By DAVID CARR - The New York Times

Online Encyclopedia Gets New Push From Discovery

Last fall Discovery spent $250 million buying the United States portion of HowStuffWorks; now it is striving to make the site more appealing to users and advertisers. Read more..

By BRIAN STELTER - The New York Times

Siemens Is Said to Be Preparing to Cut More Than 17,000 Jobs

Siemens, the German engineering and electronics company, plans to cut 17,200 mostly white-collar jobs, a person close to the company said on Sunday. Read more..

By DAVID JOLLY - The New York Times

Solution, or Mess? A Milk Jug for a Green Earth

A simple change to the design of the gallon milk jug keeps the milk fresher and holds costs down. Read more..


Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE26.3526.7626.3126.6978.1M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM34.8635.5033.9634.3150.8M
Cisco SystemsCSCO23.4723.7323.1623.2648.8M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC24.1124.3323.4623.7542.3M
Oracle Corp.ORCL21.1021.3521.0021.0036.3M
AT&T Inc.T32.7533.8432.6333.6933.5M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT56.7357.8256.0256.2022.2M
Home DepotHD24.0224.3623.3223.4219.6M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ34.2735.5834.1535.4019.2M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT52.9753.5052.6052.9718M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY20.4820.8420.1520.5316.1M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS31.6232.1531.1431.2015.9M
HP Inc.HPQ44.6045.4343.8544.2115.4M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH26.0526.5825.5026.2515.3M
Procter & GamblePG60.6961.3660.4460.8115M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ63.5464.6163.1064.3412.5M
United TechnologiesUTX61.1562.1560.5161.709.81M
International Business MachinesIBM119.99120.22118.15118.538.44M
Gilead SciencesGILD52.8553.5652.4052.957.38M
Union PacificUNP73.8776.0673.5775.506.38M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B4002.004017.003980.004012.0024.2K
Exchange Rates of June 30th, 2008
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 106.070 JPY1 JPY = 0.009 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.020 CAD1 CAD = 0.980 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.021 CHF1 CHF = 0.980 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.854 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 167.100 JPY1 JPY = 0.006 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.790 GBP1 GBP = 1.266 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.644 AUD1 AUD = 0.608 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.608 CAD1 CAD = 0.622 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.608 CHF1 CHF = 0.622 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.473 GBP1 GBP = 2.116 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 0.983 AUD1 AUD = 1.017 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 0.962 CAD1 CAD = 1.040 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 0.962 CHF1 CHF = 1.039 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.080 AUD1 AUD = 0.481 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 2.034 CAD1 CAD = 0.492 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 2.034 CHF1 CHF = 0.492 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.977 CAD1 CAD = 1.023 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.978 CHF1 CHF = 1.023 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1.000 CHF1 CHF = 1.000 CAD

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