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Writing Assignment: Financial Analysis

Due Week 10 and worth 190 points

In this assignment, assume you are a savvy financial analyst researching companies in which to invest.  

Select a U.S. publically-traded company you think might be a good investment and perform a financial 

analysis. Your analysis should include the following:

 Company Overview. Conduct research and describe the company, its operations, locations, 

markets, and lines of business. Collect financial statements for the past three (3) years, fiscal or 

calendar (please insert these in the appendix). These financial statements must include at least 

the income statement and the balance sheet.

 Evaluate the company’s vulnerability to current financial threats such as a recession, higher 

interest rates, and global competition.  

 Financial Performance. Based on the financial trends of the company, predict how these trends 

will impact financial performance in future periods. Explain your rationale for this prediction. 

 Stock Price Analysis. Given the performance of the stock in the periods presented on the 

company’s financial statements, discuss how the stock is likely to perform in the future, what type 

of investor would be drawn to this stock, and make a recommendation to management to improve 

stock performance. 

Submit your analysis in the form of a 6-8 page paper in which you:

1. Provide a detailed overview of a U.S. publicly traded company. This should be one to two (1-2) 

pages. 

2. Evaluate the company’s vulnerability to current financial threats such as a recession, higher 

interest rates, and global competition.

3. Based on the financial trends of the company, predict how these trends will impact financial 

performance in future periods. Explain your rationale for this prediction.

4. Cite at least five (5) quality references.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

 Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all 

sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your 

professor for any additional instructions.

 Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s 

name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in 

the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

 Critique financial management strategies that support business operations in various market 

environments.

 Estimate the risk and return on financial investments.

 Apply financial management options to corporate finance.

 Use technology and information resources to research issues in financial management.

 Write clearly and concisely about financial management using proper writing mechanics

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