Assignment 1: Financial Research Report

Due Week 9 and worth 300 points

Imagine that you are a financial manager researching investments for your client. Use the Strayer Learning Resource Center to research the stock of any U.S. publicly traded company that you may consider as an investment opportunity for your client. Your investment should align with your client’s investment goals. (Note:Please ensure that you are able to find enough information about this company in order to complete this assignment. You will create an appendix, in which you will insert related information.)

The assignment covers the following topics:

  • Rationale for choosing the company for which to invest
  • Ratio analysis 
  • Stock price analysis
  • Recommendations

Refer to the following resources to assist with completing your assignment:

Stock Selection

Market and Company Information

  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – “Market Structure
  • Yahoo! Finance
  • Mergent Online (Note: This resource is also available through the Strayer Learning Resource Center.)
  • Seeking Alpha (Note: Also available through the Android or iTunes App store.)
  • Morningstar (Note: You can create a no-cost Basic Access account.)
  • Research Hub, located in the left menu of your course in Blackboard.

 

Write a ten to fifteen (10-15) page paper in which you:

  1. Provide a rationale for the stock that you selected, indicating the significant economic, financial, and other factors that led you to consider this stock.
  2. Suggest the primary reasons why the selected stock is a suitable investment for your client. Include a description of your client’s profile.
  3. Select any five (5) financial ratios that you have learned about in the text. Analyze the past three (3) years of the selected financial ratios for the company; you may obtain this information from the company’s financial statements. Determine the company’s financial health. (Note: Suggested ratios include, but are not limited to, current ratio, quick ratio, earnings per share, and price earnings ratio.)
  4. Based on your financial review, determine the risk level of the stock from your investor’s point of view. Indicate key strategies that you may use in order to minimize these perceived risks.
  5. Provide your recommendations of this stock as an investment opportunity. Support your rationale with resources, such as peer-reviewed articles, material from the Strayer Learning Resource Center, and reviews by market analysts.
  6. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other similar websites do not qualify as academic resources.

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.
  • Analyze financial statements for key ratios, cash flow positions, and taxation effects.
  • Review fixed income strategies using time value of money concept, bond valuation methods, and interest rate calculations.
  • Estimate the risk and return on financial investments.
  • Apply financial management options to corporate finance.
  • Determine the cost of capital and how to maximize returns.
  • Formulate cash flow analysis for capital projects including project risks and returns.
  • Evaluate how corporate valuation and forecasting affect financial management.
  • Analyze how capital structure decision-making practices impact financial management.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in financial management.
  • Write clearly and concisely about financial management using proper writing mechanics.

Click here to view the grading rubric for this assignment

 

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 300

Assignment 1: Financial Research Report

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 70% F

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Provide a rationale for the stock that you selected, indicating the significant economic, financial, and other factors that led you to consider this stock.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale for the stock that you selected, indicating the significant economic, financial, and other factors that led you to consider this stock.

Partially provided a rationale for the stock that you selected, indicating the significant economic, financial, and other factors that led you to consider this stock.

Satisfactorily provided a rationale for the stock that you selected, indicating the significant economic, financial, and other factors that led you to consider this stock.

Thoroughly provided a rationale for the stock that you selected, indicating the significant economic, financial, and other factors that led you to consider this stock.

2. Suggest the primary reasons why the selected stock is a suitable investment for your client. Include a description of your client’s profile.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely suggested the primary reasons why the selected stock is a suitable investment for your client. Did not submit or incompletely included a description of your client’s profile.

Partially suggested the primary reasons why the selected stock is a suitable investment for your client. Partially included a description of your client’s profile..

Satisfactorily suggested the primary reasons why the selected stock is a suitable investment for your client. Satisfactorily included a description of your client’s profile.

Thoroughly suggested the primary reasons why the selected stock is a suitable investment for your client. Thoroughly included a description of your client’s profile.

3. Select any five (5) financial ratios that you have learned about in the text. Analyze the past three (3) years of the selected financial ratios for the company; you may obtain this information from the company’s financial statements. Determine the company’s financial health. (Note: Suggested ratios include, but are not limited to, current ratio, quick ratio, earnings per share, and price earnings ratio.)

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely selected any five (5) financial ratios that you have learned about in the text. Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the past three (3) years of the selected financial ratios for the company; you may obtain this information from the company’s financial statements. Did not submit or incompletely determined the company’s financial health.

Partially selected any five (5) financial ratios that you have learned about in the text. Partially analyzed the past three (3) years of the selected financial ratios for the company; you may obtain this information from the company’s financial statements. Partially determined the company’s financial health.

Satisfactorily selected any five (5) financial ratios that you have learned about in the text. Satisfactorily analyzed the past three (3) years of the selected financial ratios for the company; you may obtain this information from the company’s financial statements. Satisfactorily determined the company’s financial health.

Thoroughly selected any five (5) financial ratios that you have learned about in the text. Thoroughly analyzed the past three (3) years of the selected financial ratios for the company; you may obtain this information from the company’s financial statements. Thoroughly determined the company’s financial health.

4. Based on your financial review, determine the risk level of the stock from your investor’s point of view. Indicate key strategies that you may use in order to minimize these perceived risks.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely determined the risk level of the stock from your investor’s point of view based on your financial review. Did not submit or incompletely indicated key strategies that you may use in order to minimize these perceived risks.

Partially determined the risk level of the stock from your investor’s point of view based on your financial review. Partially indicated key strategies that you may use in order to minimize these perceived risks.

Satisfactorily determined the risk level of the stock from your investor’s point of view based on your financial review. Satisfactorily indicated key strategies that you may use in order to minimize these perceived risks.

Thoroughly determined the risk level of the stock from your investor’s point of view based on your financial review. Thoroughly indicated key strategies that you may use in order to minimize these perceived risks.

5. Provide your recommendations of this stock as an investment opportunity. Support your rationale with resources, such as peer-reviewed articles, material from the Strayer Learning Resource Center, and reviews by market analysts.

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely provided your recommendations of this stock as an investment opportunity. Did not submit or incompletely supported your rationale with resources, such as peer-reviewed articles, material from the Strayer Learning Resource Center, and reviews by market analysts.

Partially provided your recommendations of this stock as an investment opportunity. Partially supported your rationale with resources, such as peer-reviewed articles, material from the Strayer Learning Resource Center, and reviews by market analysts.

Satisfactorily provided your recommendations of this stock as an investment opportunity. Satisfactorily supported your rationale with resources, such as peer-reviewed articles, material from the Strayer Learning Resource Center, and reviews by market analysts.

Thoroughly provided your recommendations of this stock as an investment opportunity. Thoroughly supported your rationale with resources, such as peer-reviewed articles, material from the Strayer Learning Resource Center, and reviews by market analysts.

6. 5 references

Weight: 5%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; some or all references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

7. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 10%

More than 6 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present

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Elements of a Marketing Plan Report 

 
 
  • Instructions
  • Assignment Files
  • Grading
 
 

 

 

Watch the video case study "Geek Squad: A New Business for a New Environment."

Read the case study discussion on pp. 88-89 of the Marketing text. Keep this case study in mind as you complete this assignment. 

Write a 1,050-word report using your company or one with which you are familiar (if you prefer, your facilitator can assign one to you). Answer the following questions for your chosen organization.

  • Explain what the specific key environmental forces are that created an opportunity for your company.
  • Identify if there have been changes in the purchasing patterns of your organization's target market in recent years.
  • Conduct an environmental scan for your chosen company to identify key trends.  For each of the five environmental forces (social, economic, technological, competitive, and regulatory), identify trends likely to influence your company's marketing efforts and product offering in the future.
  • Explain what differentiation strategy your company should undertake to encourage their target market to choose them over other competitors.
  • Analyze what lessons you might learn from the Geek Squad case study.

Include at least three references, at least one of which must come from the University Library.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

BUILDING YOUR MARKETING PLAN

Your marketing plan will include a situation analysis based on internal and external factors that are likely to affect your marketing program.

1To summarize information about external factors, create a table similar to Figure 3–2 and identify three trends related to each of the five forces (social, economic, technological, competitive, and regulatory) that relate to your product or service.

2When your table is completed, describe how each of the trends represents an opportunity or a threat for your business.

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VIDEO CASE 3

Geek Squad: A New Business for a New Environment

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Geek Squad Video Case

“As long as there’s innovation there is going to be new kinds of chaos,” explains Robert Stephens, founder of the technology support company Geek Squad. The chaos Stephens is referring to is the difficulty we have all experienced trying to keep up with the many changes in our environment, particularly those related to computers, technology, software, communication, and entertainment. Generally, consumers have found it difficult to install, operate, and use many of the electronic products available today. “It takes time to read the manuals,” Stephens says. “I’m going to save you that time because I stay home on Saturday nights and read them for you!”

THE COMPANY

The Geek Squad story begins when Stephens, a native of Chicago, passed up an Art Institute scholarship to pursue a degree in computer science. While Stephens was a computer science student he took a job fixing computers for a research laboratory, and he also started consulting. He could repair televisions, computers, and a variety of other items, although he decided to focus on computers. His experiences as a consultant led him to realize that most people needed help with technology and that they saw value in a service whose employees would show up at a specified time, be friendly, use understandable language, and solve the problem. So, with just $200, Stephens formed Geek Squad in 1994.

Geek Squad set out to provide timely and effective help with all computing needs regardless of the make, model, or place of purchase. Geek Squad employees were called “agents” and wore uniforms consisting of black pants or skirts, black shoes, white shirts, black clip-on ties, a badge, and a black jacket with a Geek Squad logo to create a “humble” attitude that was not threatening to customers. Agents drove black-and-white Volkswagen Beetles, or Geekmobiles, with a logo on the door, and charged fixed prices for services, regardless of how much time was required to provide the service. The “house call” services ranged from installing networks, to debugging a computer, to setting up an entertainment system, and cost from $100 to $300. “We’re like ‘Dragnet’; we show up at people’s homes and help,” Stephens says. “We’re also like Ghostbusters and there’s a pseudogovernment feel to it like Men in Black

In 2002, Geek Squad was purchased by leading consumer electronics retailer Best Buy for about $3 million. Best Buy had observed very high return rates for most of its complex products. Shoppers would be excited about new products, purchase them and take them home, get frustrated trying to make them actually work, and then return them to the store demanding a refund. In fact, Best Buy research revealed that consumers were beginning to see service as a critical element of the purchase. The partnership was an excellent match. Best Buy consumers welcomed the help. Stephens became Geek Squad’s chief inspector and a Best Buy vice president and began putting a Geek Squad “precinct” in every Best Buy store, creating some stand-alone Geek Squad Stores, and providing 24-hour telephone support. There are now more than 20,000 agents in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and China, and return rates have declined by 25 to 35 percent. Geek Squad service plans are also being sold on eBay and in some Target stores. The Geek Squad website proclaims that the company is “Serving the Public, Policing Technology and Protecting the World.”

THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

Many changes in the environment occurred to create the need for Geek Squad’s services. Future changes are also likely to change the way Geek Squad operates. An environmental scan helps illustrate the changes.

The most obvious changes may be related to technology. Wireless broadband technology, high-definition televisions, products with Internet interfaces, and a general trend toward computers, smartphones, entertainment systems, and even appliances being interconnected are just a few examples of new products and applications for consumers to learn about. There are also technology-related problems such as viruses, spyware, lost data, and “crashed” or inoperable computers. New technologies have also created a demand for new types of maintenance such as password management, operating system updates, disk cleanup, and “defragging.”

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Another environmental change that contributes to the popularity of Geek Squad is the change in social factors such as demographics and culture. In the past many electronics manufacturers and retailers focused primarily on men. Women, however, are becoming increasingly interested in personal computing and home entertainment and, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, are likely to outspend men in the near future. Best Buy’s consumer research indicates that women expect personal service during the purchase as well as during the installation after the purchase—exactly the service Geek Squad is designed to provide. Our culture is also embracing the Geek Squad concept. For example, in the recently discontinued television series Chuck (2007–2012), one of the characters worked for the “Nerd Herd” at “Buy More” and drove a car like a Geekmobile on service calls!

Competition, economics, and the regulatory environment have also had a big influence on Geek Squad. As discount stores such as Walmart and PC makers such as Dell began to compete with Best Buy, new services such as inhome installation were needed to create value for customers. Now, just as change in competition created an opportunity for Geek Squad, it is also leading to another level of competition as Staples has introduced EasyTech services and Office Depot has introduced Tech Depot services. The economic situation for electronics continues to improve as prices decline and demand increases. Consumers purchased 2 million 3D TVs in 2010, and sales of all consumer electronics exceeded $180 billion. Finally, the regulatory environment continues to change with respect to the electronic transfer of copyrighted materials such as music and movies and software. Geek Squad must monitor the changes to ensure that its services comply with relevant laws.

THE FUTURE FOR GEEK SQUAD

The combination of many positive environmental factors helps explain the extraordinary success of Geek Squad. Today, it repairs more than 3,000 PCs a day and generates more than $2 billion in revenue. Because Geek Squad services have a high profit margin they contribute to the overall performance of Best Buy, and they help generate traffic in the store and create store loyalty. To continue to grow, however, Geek Squad will need to continue to scan the environment and try new approaches to creating customer value.

One possible new approach is to create new partnerships. Geek Squad and Ford, for example, have developed a partnership to help consumers install in-car communication systems. In the future, Best Buy will offer 240-volt home charging stations for Ford’s electric vehicle, the Focus. Geek Squad will offer electrical audits and residential installations for the car owners. Geek Squad is also using new technology to improve. Agents now use a smartphone to access updated schedules, log in their hours, and run diagnostics tests on clients’ equipment. Best Buy is also testing a “Solutions Central” desk, similar to the Genius Bar concept in Apple stores, and staffing it with Geek Squad agents. Finally, to attract the best possible employees, Geek Squad and Best Buy are trying a “results-only work environment” that has no fixed schedules and no mandatory meetings. By encouraging employees to make their own work-life decisions, the Geek Squad hopes to keep morale and productivity high.

Other changes and opportunities are certain to appear soon. However, despite the success of the Geek Squad and the potential for additional growth, Robert Stephens is modest and claims, “Geeks may inherit the Earth, but they have no desire to rule it!”

Questions

1What are the key environmental forces that created an opportunity for Robert Stephens to start the Geek Squad?

2What changes in the purchasing patterns of (a) all consumers and (b) women made the acquisition of Geek Squad particularly important for Best Buy?

3Based on the case information and what you know about consumer electronics, conduct an environmental scan for Geek Squad to identify key trends. For each of the five environmental forces (social, economic, technological, competitive, and regulatory), identify trends likely to influence Geek Squad in the near future.

4What promotional activities would you recommend to encourage consumers who currently use independent installers to switch to Geek Squad?

The assignment is to explore the ciivil rights movement and the black freedom struggle and look for connections between the historical movement and compare it to today's social movement (Black Lives Matter)

 

The goal of the paper is to answer the following questions:

  1. What social problem did the civil rights and black freedom struggles confront, and what did this movement do to try to solve the problem.
  2. What impact did the movement have on American society and how did this movement create social change?
  3. How is the movement related to black lives matter today?

**Sources are included** 

 

Using the System development life cycle process from attchment:

 

Write in a word doc 

 

Using bullet points use this life cycle process to build a home for yourself

 

Make sure you tell me where the home is and how much the home costs.

case study

opinion module4.1

As discussed 

Annotate Bibliography/ Long Multiple- Source Argument Essay

The semester you have been reading and writing about issues related to the American criminal justice system. The final two writing assignments of the semester will contunie this focus on American criminal-justice system, but throught the lens of a controversial criminal case, one of your choosing. 

One of the writing assingments, the final one, will be a multiple-source argument essay of at least eight(8) pages aboutthe case you've chosen. In the essay you will make two arguments. The first will concern the outcome to the case that would constitute justice, or at least the closest thing to justice. The second will concern which national issue(S) or trend(S), whether legal, political, sociological, econimic, and/or cultural, the case highlights. The essay must support and illustarate these arguments with ideas, information, and quotations from at least eight(8) soutces, at least three(3) of hich must come from the electronic-research databases. Your other five sources can come from any category of media: the course readings, the internet, the electronic-research databases, print newspapers and magazines, books, films. radio, etc.

 

In preparation for the essay, you will compose an annotated bibliography. Like a standard bibliography, an annotated bibliography is a list of sources on a oarticular topic. The difference is that an annotated bibliography, in addition to providing publication information for its sources, briefly describes, in about half a page, each source's content and the source's relevance to the essay. Your annotated bibliography must include at least five(5) of the sources that you will use in your essay. 

-FREDDIE GRAY

module 5

Please see attached,