Financial news on March 31, 2008

Business and Financial news
Brake Problems Led to United Jet Skids

Two United Airlines A320 jetliners skidded off runways in recent months because of crossed wires in their antilock brakes, the airline said. Read more..

By MATTHEW L. WALD - The New York Times

Is the Ad a Success? The Brain Waves Tell All

Agencies and advertisers are growing more interested in neuroscience in their never-ending efforts to improve effectiveness. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

Online Chat, as Inspired by Real Chat

A new wave of Silicon Valley companies is bringing live socializing into online social networking Web sites. Read more..

By BRAD STONE - The New York Times

Six Degrees (at Least) of Contenders for President

Since news of blood ties between presidential candidates and unlikely famous people spread last week, many have rushed to genealogy resources to see if they, too, could have important relations. Read more..

By CATE DOTY - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
MerckMRK38.7539.5036.8237.9581.8M
PfizerPFE20.6720.9720.4820.9352.8M
Cisco SystemsCSCO24.0824.4123.9624.0951.5M
IntelINTC20.7121.3320.6721.1848.1M
MicrosoftMSFT27.8828.5927.8428.3846.8M
General ElectricGE36.6337.2836.5437.0141M
ExxonMobilXOM85.6986.3884.5884.5836.8M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC29.3929.7528.9129.1035M
AltriaMO23.1123.7221.9522.2033.4M
Oracle Corp.ORCL19.4819.6319.3919.5632.1M
AT&T Inc.T37.7138.7437.6938.3029.3M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM42.7244.2542.6142.9528.9M
AppleAAPL143.27145.71142.52143.5027.4M
ComcastCMCSA19.0819.4318.9419.3426.4M
HP Inc.HPQ46.0046.6045.6645.6622.4M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT53.8155.4053.6255.1520.1M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT52.2053.1151.6352.6819.6M
Home DepotHD27.3828.0627.1327.9715.6M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH33.9434.8533.8334.3614.1M
Procter & GamblePG69.5670.1868.9070.0713.7M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ64.2965.0163.7264.8713.7M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY21.5121.6821.0421.3013.2M
ConocoPhillipsCOP75.8576.6875.3976.2112.9M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ36.0636.7435.9336.4512.8M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS31.0431.4830.9931.3811.4M
ChevronCVX84.9585.9384.3285.3610.2M
AmgenAMGN41.5641.8841.3441.789.9M
International Business MachinesIBM113.95115.87113.34115.149.71M
Coca-ColaKO60.6461.2060.6460.879.27M
SchlumbergerSLB85.6088.6785.4887.009.23M
Gilead SciencesGILD50.1151.6550.1151.539.05M
AlphabetGOOGL435.64442.69432.01440.478.88M
BoeingBA74.1774.5873.4074.377.39M
PepsicoPEP71.8072.3571.2872.206.5M
McDonald'sMCD55.5656.0055.5655.776.45M
VisaV62.7063.4862.0562.365.54M
AmazonAMZN70.2571.6469.6371.305.47M
United TechnologiesUTX68.6669.3368.1668.825.19M
3MMMM78.2379.4878.0679.153.51M
Union PacificUNP124.34126.00123.59125.381.88M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B4479.004507.504451.504473.0022.7K
Exchange Rates of March 31, 2008
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 99.910 JPY1 JPY = 0.010 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1.026 CAD1 CAD = 0.975 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 0.995 CHF1 CHF = 1.005 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 7.012 CNY1 CNY = 0.143 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 157.500 JPY1 JPY = 0.006 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0.795 GBP1 GBP = 1.258 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1.725 AUD1 AUD = 0.580 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1.617 CAD1 CAD = 0.619 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1.568 CHF1 CHF = 0.638 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0.504 GBP1 GBP = 1.983 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1.095 AUD1 AUD = 0.913 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1.026 CAD1 CAD = 0.975 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 0.995 CHF1 CHF = 1.005 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 2.171 AUD1 AUD = 0.461 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 2.034 CAD1 CAD = 0.492 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1.973 CHF1 CHF = 0.507 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0.937 CAD1 CAD = 1.068 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0.909 CHF1 CHF = 1.101 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0.970 CHF1 CHF = 1.031 CAD

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