Financial news on January 31, 2007

Business and Financial news
Big Investors Breathing New Life Into Gasping Auto Parts Suppliers

Analysts say troubled suppliers have become attractive investments because they can be bought cheaply, demand for parts is growing and interest rates are low. Read more..

By NICK BUNKLEY - The New York Times

Deal Struck on Claims of Nazi Era

Lawyers for victims of the Holocaust are giving up their fight for a larger payout of life insurance claims from an Italian insurance company. Read more..

By JOSEPH B. TREASTER - The New York Times

Hobbled by Disappointing Sales and a Loss at the Game Unit, Sony’s Profit Drops 5%

The company’s PlayStation 3 game console has had a shaky start, despite rebounding sales in its bread-and-butter consumer electronics. Read more..

By MARTIN FACKLER - The New York Times

Nintendo’s Wii, Radiating Fun, Is Eclipsing Sony Machine

There are growing signs that Nintendo’s Wii, which gets couch potatoes off the couch, has taken the lead over Sony’s PlayStation 3. Read more..

By MATT RICHTEL - The New York Times

Once a Dream Fuel, Palm Oil May Be an Eco-Nightmare

Rising demand for fuel derived from plants has brought about the clearing of huge tracts of Southeast Asian rainforest for palm plantations. Read more..

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL - The New York Times

Opening the Gates at an Army Base

The Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey will turn some of its vast real estate holdings into a high-tech research and development park. Read more..

By ANTOINETTE MARTIN - The New York Times

State Farm Is There, Right by the Backboard

At more than 40 colleges, advertising signs are for the first time being affixed to backboards on basketball courts. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

Vista Arrives With Limited Fanfare

The quiet debut for Microsoft’s latest version of the Windows operating system reflects how the company’s influence has faded as the nature of computer software has changed. Read more..

By JEREMY W. PETERS and THOMAS CRAMPTON - The New York Times

Yahoo Planning to Add 100 Web Sites for Entertainment

The company’s effort is intended to create online destinations for individual movies, television shows, bands, celebrities, games and other types of entertainment. Read more..

By MIGUEL HELFT - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

Stock Ticker symbol Open High Low Close Volume
Microsoft MSFT 30,41 31,10 30,35 30,86 74M
Cisco Systems CSCO 26,19 26,81 26,05 26,62 60.5M
Intel INTC 20,96 21,02 20,69 20,96 47.8M
Oracle Corp. ORCL 17,11 17,20 16,80 17,16 39.8M
General Electric GE 36,00 36,22 35,83 36,05 36.2M
Pfizer PFE 26,01 26,31 26,00 26,24 34.7M
Apple AAPL 84,86 86,00 84,35 85,73 30.6M
AT&T Inc. T 37,08 37,88 37,08 37,63 28.4M
Alphabet GOOGL 496,49 505,00 495,51 501,50 24.4M
ExxonMobil XOM 74,19 74,72 73,48 74,10 24.2M
Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY 29,10 29,39 28,67 28,79 23.9M
ConocoPhillips COP 65,58 66,64 65,15 66,41 21M
Altria MO 87,60 88,47 86,25 87,39 18.5M
JPMorgan Chase JPM 50,07 51,16 49,85 50,93 18.5M
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 47,20 47,96 47,04 47,69 14.9M
Verizon Communications VZ 38,44 38,68 38,11 38,52 12.9M
Schlumberger SLB 63,11 63,77 62,67 63,49 12.8M
Abbott Laboratories ABT 52,75 53,24 52,57 53,00 12.2M
Comcast CMCSA 43,47 44,64 43,34 44,35 11.9M
Home Depot HD 39,97 40,95 39,95 40,74 11.6M
Boeing BA 89,25 90,34 89,00 89,56 11.6M
HP Inc. HPQ 43,00 43,46 42,85 43,28 10.8M
Merck MRK 44,86 45,09 44,50 44,75 9.76M
Chevron CVX 72,99 73,44 72,29 72,88 9.76M
3M MMM 74,21 74,68 73,09 74,30 9.28M
Walt Disney & Co. DIS 35,14 35,26 35,01 35,17 9.06M
Procter & Gamble PG 64,50 65,16 64,10 64,87 8.93M
Amgen AMGN 70,40 70,57 69,90 70,37 8.54M
Wells Fargo & Co. WFC 35,48 36,00 35,47 35,92 8.54M
Johnson & Johnson JNJ 66,39 67,02 66,15 66,80 8.17M
McDonald's MCD 43,77 44,44 43,65 44,35 7.35M
Amazon AMZN 36,95 38,19 36,76 37,67 7.28M
International Business Machines IBM 98,80 99,48 98,35 99,15 6.43M
Gilead Sciences GILD 64,10 65,32 63,11 64,32 6.17M
Coca-Cola KO 47,80 47,97 47,49 47,88 5.3M
United Technologies UTX 66,83 68,24 66,60 68,02 5.21M
Pepsico PEP 65,10 65,36 64,88 65,24 4.28M
UnitedHealth Group UNH 52,50 52,50 51,44 52,26 4.27M
Union Pacific UNP 97,28 101,23 97,14 101,00 3.61M
Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B 3654,00 3671,50 3630,00 3667,50 22.3K
Exchange Rates of January 31, 2007
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 120,630 JPY 1 JPY = 0,008 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1,176 CAD 1 CAD = 0,850 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 1,244 CHF 1 CHF = 0,804 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 7,775 CNY 1 CNY = 0,129 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 157,230 JPY 1 JPY = 0,006 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0,663 GBP 1 GBP = 1,508 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,677 AUD 1 AUD = 0,596 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1,533 CAD 1 CAD = 0,652 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1,621 CHF 1 CHF = 0,617 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0,422 GBP 1 GBP = 2,372 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 1,066 AUD 1 AUD = 0,938 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0,975 CAD 1 CAD = 1,026 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 1,031 CHF 1 CHF = 0,970 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 2,530 AUD 1 AUD = 0,395 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 2,312 CAD 1 CAD = 0,433 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 2,444 CHF 1 CHF = 0,409 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0,913 CAD 1 CAD = 1,095 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0,966 CHF 1 CHF = 1,035 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 1,057 CHF 1 CHF = 0,946 CAD

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