Financial news on September 30th, 2009

Business and Financial news
A Green Amenity, Above It All

Some office buildings in New York are landscaping the roof, and offering access to all the employees in the building. Read more..

By J. ALEX TARQUINIO - The New York Times

Alternative Energy Projects Stumble on a Need for Water

Many plans to meet the nation’s demand for power with renewable energy could consume billions of gallons of water every year. Read more..

By TODD WOODY - The New York Times

BNP Paribas to Raise $6.27 Billion to Repay Bailout

The bank said its board had decided to repay, within the next month, the $7.5 billion it borrowed from the French state in March. Read more..

By DAVID JOLLY and CHRIS V. NICHOLSON - International Herald Tribune

‘Clear’ Security Service May Return at Airports

Verified Identity Pass, which offered a service to send airline passengers to the head of the security line for a fee, has been sold. Read more..

By BRAD STONE - The New York Times

Congress, Concerned About Steroids, Reviews Law on Dietary Supplements

Congress is investigating whether laws, health agency resources and manufacturing guidelines are adequate to protect the public from products that illegally contain steroids but masquerade as dietary supplements. Read more..


How a Tax Can Cut Health Costs

Lobbyists for unions and big business are staunchly opposed to a tax on generous health insurance plans, but their motives are questionable. Read more..

By DAVID LEONHARDT - The New York Times

Labor Minister Sees 'Deunionization' in France

The idea that France is a hotbed of worker militancy, hobbled by industrial action, is misplaced, according to Xavier Darcos, the country's labor minister. Read more..

By MATTHEW SALTMARSH and DAVID JOLLY - International Herald Tribune

Rather’s CBS Suit Dismissed

After the setback, the former anchor’s lawyer acknowledged that further pursuing the case could become significantly expensive. Read more..

By BILL CARTER - The New York Times

Seeking Billions, Ontario Sues Tobacco Companies

The province is seeking 50 billion Canadian dollars from several companies, including the Altria Group, under a new law. Read more..

By IAN AUSTEN - The New York Times

Toyota Recalls 3.8 Million Vehicles

A floor mat on the driver’s side could interfere with the vehicle’s accelerator and cause a crash, Toyota said. Read more..

By NICK BUNKLEY - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
General ElectricGE16.8316.8616.3116.42121M
Cisco SystemsCSCO23.5523.7922.9623.5464.5M
Oracle Corp.ORCL21.1721.2020.6520.8444.3M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM44.8044.8943.4343.8240.9M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC28.4328.6827.8928.1839.2M
AT&T Inc.T27.3427.3726.9027.0138.5M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH25.1525.6024.5225.0422.9M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT49.2849.3148.7349.0922.1M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT49.1549.5348.6849.4721.8M
HP Inc.HPQ47.2647.6346.6747.2121.4M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ30.2730.3430.0330.2719.3M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS27.9328.0027.2527.4618.6M
Home DepotHD26.9426.9426.3226.6416.6M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY22.7422.8122.3522.5215.8M
Procter & GamblePG57.8458.1457.3457.9214M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ61.0261.0960.3360.8911M
International Business MachinesIBM119.18120.00117.55119.617.73M
Gilead SciencesGILD46.5546.6845.9046.506.58M
United TechnologiesUTX61.1761.5359.9860.936.5M
Union PacificUNP59.2759.5057.4458.355.47M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B3321.003359.003307.003323.0022.5K
Exchange Rates of September 30th, 2009
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 89.720 JPY1 JPY = 0.011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.069 CAD1 CAD = 0.935 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1.036 CHF1 CHF = 0.966 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6.827 CNY1 CNY = 0.146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 131.310 JPY1 JPY = 0.008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.914 GBP1 GBP = 1.094 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.656 AUD1 AUD = 0.604 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.564 CAD1 CAD = 0.639 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.516 CHF1 CHF = 0.660 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9.989 CNY1 CNY = 0.100 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.696 GBP1 GBP = 1.437 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.260 AUD1 AUD = 0.793 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.191 CAD1 CAD = 0.839 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1.154 CHF1 CHF = 0.866 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1.811 AUD1 AUD = 0.552 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1.712 CAD1 CAD = 0.584 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.658 CHF1 CHF = 0.603 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.945 CAD1 CAD = 1.058 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.915 CHF1 CHF = 1.093 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6.034 CNY1 CNY = 0.166 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.968 CHF1 CHF = 1.033 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6.384 CNY1 CNY = 0.157 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6.587 CNY1 CNY = 0.152 CHF

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