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Assignment: SECURITIES SELECTION

 

Research stock performance for your desired companies. Use business periodicals, daily newspapers or the Internet for your research. (Hint: The Wall Street Journal, Daily News papers, and the Internet ( HYPERLINK “http://moneycentral.msn.com http://moneycentral.msn.com) are good sources.)

Select three stocks

You may choose companies you are familiar with or companies you want to learn more about. They can be in the same industries, have the same investment objectives, etc. or be different. The choice is yours. Find the stock symbol and go toHYPERLINK “http://moneycentral.msn.com http://moneycentral.msn.com and type it in. You will get a wealth of information.

Pretend you have $20,000 to invest. Divide your money between the three companies you selected.

Turn in a typed summary that includes:

The names of the three companies you selected and their ticker symbols.

How much money you invested in each one (beginning price, shares purchased, total dollar amount invested).

An explanation as to why you selected each one (growth opportunity, dividends, etc.).

 

Check out cnbc.com. Type in ticker symbol if known or look up the symbol.

View the title bar: Quote, Chart, News, Profile, Earnings, Peers, Financials, Ownership. The information below was gleaned from this title bar and gives you an idea of the information available to make an informative decision for each of your three stocks. After you have researched your stocks present the supporting evidence and write a paragraph on each stock stating why you selected the stock.

 

Exampleof profile for Apple“Apple Inc. Formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc.. The Group’s principal activities are to design, manufacture and market personal computers and related software, peripherals and personal computing and communicating solutions. It offers a range of personal computing products including desktop and notebook personal computers, related devices and peripherals, networking and connectivity products and various third-party hardware products. The Group also designs, develops and markets a line of portable digital music players along with related accessories and services, including the online sale of third-party audio and video products and iPhone products. The customers of the Group include educators, creative professionals, consumer and business markets. The Group sells its products through its online stores, direct sales force, third-party wholesalers and resellers and its own retail stores. It has its operations in the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific. As on 29-Sep-2008, the Group operated 247 stores.” (Source: CNBC.COM Profile)

Stock Information

Find Articles or Press Releases

Example of Press Release

“Big Questions For Apple In ’09 Posted By: HYPERLINK “http://www.cnbc.com/id/15837548/cid/97553“Lee Brodie

Tech traders find themselves struggling to get a handle on Apple. What’s ‘really’ going on?

On Monday Apple CEO Steve Jobs spoke about his surprising weight loss and gaunt appearance –the subject of increased scrutiny – that came to a head a few weeks back when Apple announced that Jobs would not deliver the keynote speech at Macworld.

Some pundits speculated the decision was related to his past battle with cancer of the pancreas. However, that’s not the case. According to Apple HYPERLINK “http://data.cnbc.com/quotes/AAPL“[AAPL  94.58    3.83  (+4.22%)   ], doctors determined that Steve Jobs was suffering from a hormone imbalance that has been ‘robbing’ his body of proteins needed to be healthy.

In a statement Jobs said, the remedy for “this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward” and that he has begun treatment. He added, “I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO.” Is there more here than meets the eye? We ask Piper Jaffrey analyst Gene Munster.

“Apple never says much (about the health of Steve Jobs) so that fact that they came out and said anything… is a positive. It’s a big thing for the company to address these issues.”

The health concerns pretty much overshadowed this year’s Macword Expo underway in California — which may end up being a non-event. 

Munster says that Jobs’ absence from the conference suggests there will not be any revolutionary new products introduced at MacWorld. The only exception could be a nano iPhone, but Munster’s sources suggest that’s more likely to hit around the end of March.

What’s the bottom line? “The bottom line is that we’re still positive,” says Munster. “Although things look like gloom and doom for the computer market, we think there’s still growth ahead for Apple.””

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Apple Performance

Provide a Chart (daily or up to a year — showing the volatility of your stock)

Six Month Average

Forecasts

Key Measures

Compare Against Industry and Peers

Check out Financials, Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flow statements, for more information.

 

 

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