Financial news on March 31st, 2010

Business and Financial news
An Empty Warehouse Holds Dreams of Industrial Jobs

New York is trying to sell the former Federal Building No. 2 in Brooklyn, a 1.1-million-square-foot structure. Read more..

By JOTHAM SEDERSTROM - The New York Times

Business Schools Respond to Demand for Use of Social Media

Courses study the power of such media -- and the hazards. Read more..

By FIONA MACKAY - International Herald Tribune

Chrysler Says It Expects to Break Even This Year

The company also said it would present a five-year plan in April that would outline its steps to get back to sustained growth. Read more..

By MICHELINE MAYNARD - The New York Times

How to Choose a Financial Planner

A key to financial success is making decisions with your money that produce solid, long-term returns. Those decisions include whether to hire a financial planner and, if the answer is yes, how to go about it. Read more..

By CONRAD DE AENLLE - International Herald Tribune

Ireland Lays Out a Plan to Help Banks

The plan includes helping the banks raise $30 billion and a “bad bank” to handle failing loans. Read more..

By MATTHEW SALTMARSH - The New York Times

Marketers in Warm-Up for World Cup

Campaigns to run during the World Cup highlight how advertisers are stepping up support for marquee televised events, known as big event TV. Read more..

By STUART ELLIOTT - The New York Times

Mixed Report on January Home Prices

While the Case-Shiller index showed prices were slightly higher in January, the rebound seems to be fading. Read more..

By DAVID STREITFELD - The New York Times

Mortgage Bonds Present New Risks

The Fed’s decision not to buy mortgage-backed bonds after Wednesday raises hazards for investors thinking of picking up the slack. Read more..

By AGNES T. CRANE and ANTONY CURRIE - The New York Times

Weak Rules on Toxins and Safety

America has not been as aggressive as it could be in alleviating toxic risks in everyday products. Read more..

By DAVID LEONHARDT - The New York Times

With Hirings, Yahoo Steps Up Its News Coverage

The company is bringing in journalists, some from traditional outlets, to create more original content. Read more..

By MIGUEL HELFT - The New York Times

Stock Markets

Values are reported in US Dollars

StockTicker symbolOpenHighLowCloseVolume
MicrosoftMSFT29,6429,7229,1729,2963.8M
General ElectricGE18,2118,3618,1318,2059.2M
PfizerPFE17,1817,2717,0917,1559M
Cisco SystemsCSCO26,5226,6125,9626,0354.7M
IntelINTC22,3222,5022,2022,2946M
JPMorgan ChaseJPM44,3145,0044,2544,7039M
AT&T Inc.T25,9026,0425,7525,8436.7M
Wells Fargo & Co.WFC30,5831,1630,5831,1228.4M
ComcastCMCSA18,6018,9418,5718,8327.4M
Oracle Corp.ORCL25,3325,7925,3025,7127.2M
Verizon CommunicationsVZ31,2131,2330,8931,0222.9M
ExxonMobilXOM66,9467,1966,6066,9822.4M
ConocoPhillipsCOP51,2151,4350,9751,1716.1M
Abbott LaboratoriesABT52,5652,9952,2152,6815.9M
AppleAAPL235,49236,61234,46235,0015.4M
MerckMRK37,4937,5937,0637,3513M
HP Inc.HPQ52,8953,3952,8253,1512.9M
Bristol-Myers SquibbBMY26,6526,8126,2926,7012.6M
SchlumbergerSLB63,4363,5662,9463,4612M
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ64,8465,3164,7065,2011.9M
Coca-ColaKO54,7955,2954,5055,0011.5M
Walt Disney & Co.DIS35,0735,2034,8134,9110.8M
Home DepotHD32,5432,6432,2032,3510.3M
Wal-Mart StoresWMT55,8155,9155,5055,609.97M
ChevronCVX75,4776,1475,0875,839.88M
AltriaMO20,6020,6520,4620,529.62M
Procter & GamblePG63,5363,6763,1863,278.19M
PepsicoPEP66,6866,7166,0666,168.12M
Gilead SciencesGILD45,5245,7545,3345,477.05M
UnitedHealth GroupUNH33,0633,0633,0633,066.96M
AlphabetGOOGL565,05569,74562,81567,126.06M
BoeingBA72,9273,0671,9572,615.88M
McDonald'sMCD67,1567,3966,6366,725.77M
AmgenAMGN60,0060,2259,6959,844.98M
International Business MachinesIBM128,23128,75127,65128,254.9M
AmazonAMZN136,00136,80134,48135,774.6M
3MMMM84,0584,4683,3583,574.34M
Berkshire HathawayBRK.B81,2081,4980,8181,274.31M
United TechnologiesUTX73,9374,3373,4273,613.76M
VisaV90,7092,2090,5291,033.13M
Union PacificUNP73,3673,6172,5473,302.73M
Exchange Rates of March 31st, 2010
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 93,440 JPY1 JPY = 0,011 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1,015 CAD1 CAD = 0,985 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 1,054 CHF1 CHF = 0,949 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6,827 CNY1 CNY = 0,146 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 126,200 JPY1 JPY = 0,008 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0,890 GBP1 GBP = 1,124 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1,472 AUD1 AUD = 0,679 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1,371 CAD1 CAD = 0,729 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1,424 CHF1 CHF = 0,702 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 9,223 CNY1 CNY = 0,108 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0,705 GBP1 GBP = 1,419 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 1,167 AUD1 AUD = 0,857 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 1,086 CAD1 CAD = 0,921 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 1,128 CHF1 CHF = 0,887 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1,655 AUD1 AUD = 0,604 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1,541 CAD1 CAD = 0,649 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1,599 CHF1 CHF = 0,625 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 10,354 CNY1 CNY = 0,097 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0,931 CAD1 CAD = 1,075 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0,966 CHF1 CHF = 1,036 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 6,262 CNY1 CNY = 0,160 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 1,038 CHF1 CHF = 0,964 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 6,722 CNY1 CNY = 0,149 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6,477 CNY1 CNY = 0,154 CHF

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