Principles of Finance

Week 3 Stock Journal
This is the first of three stock journal assignments that you will complete during this course. For this assignment, two templates have been provided for your use. In one template, you will enter your chosen companies, the share prices, and the number of shares you will be purchasing given your budget of $25K. The other template is where you will write your rationale/summary. Please download both templates, and complete, save, then upload both templates to Blackboard when submitting your work.

Capital markets and the ability to raise funds for corporate uses are essential to the U.S. economic system.  For this assignment, imagine that you have $25,000 to invest in U.S. companies. You are buying used stock. The company got the money when it issued the stock originally. You will be buying it from an existing owner.

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You are investing, or buying, the stock because you believe the company will make money and pay you a dividend in cash. Each share of stock that you buy entitles you to any dividend declared and a vote at the annual stockholders’ meeting.

The stock also allows you the ability to earn your money back by selling the stock. Of course, investing in stocks is risky and there is the possibility that the stock you buy will be worth less when you want your money back. The company is not obligated to give you any of your money back. You will only get your money back if another investor wants to buy your stock.

Using the above scenario and the resources listed below, complete the following directions for your Week 3 Stock Journal entry:

Select three US companies that are publicly traded using your knowledge and experience and make sure you are practicing good diversification. Jim Cramer, Money Manager, on CNBC, plays a game at the end of his show called “Am I Diversified.” Check out the short clip, Am I Diversified – Mad Money [Video], to get a sense of industry diversification.
Ideas for Sources of Information: There are many ways to find such companies and the stock prices, including the New York Stock Exchange,  Google Finance, NASDAQ, and Yahoo! Finance.
Describe how you will divide $25,000 across the three companies (e.g. $10,000 in Company 1, $10,000 in Company 2, and $5,000 in Company 3).
You decide the amount you are investing in each company. You do not have to provide any analysis to justify your decisions.
Provide a reason for picking each company.
For example, you might invest in Ford because that company gets a lot of your money and you hear that Ford is doing well, and will continue to do well.
Identify the number of shares you are buying, and the price of the shares you are buying for each company.
Once you decide the companies and the amount for each company, determine how many shares you can buy. For example, if Company 1 is selling for $42.16, then you may buy $10,000/$42.16, or 237.19 shares. But you cannot buy a part of a share, so you decide to buy either 237 or 238. In this example, you buy 237 shares at $42.16 per share, investing $9,991.92. You won’t be able to buy exactly $10,000, or $5,000, or $25,000, but it will be relatively close.
Use at least two quality references. Consider using the sources of information ideas above and/or searching and locating resources from the Strayer University Library. Note: Wikipedia and other websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Submit two documents for your journal assignment submission by uploading them to the assignment submission area:
Completed Excel template.
Completed Word document template with your rationale.
Note: This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the left-hand menu of your course.

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is:

Analyze the performance of an investment portfolio over time.
Weeks 3, 8, and 10 – Stock Journal Project Excel Template [XLSX].
Note: The above Excel template has been provided for your use for the stock journal assignment. You will notice that there are directions for your work in Weeks 3, 8, and 10. When submitting your assignment for each week, you may use the provided Excel template above, your own Excel template that you create, or a Word document that you create as long as it communicates the requested information. 
Weeks 3, 8, and 10 – Stock Journal Writing Assignment Template [DOC].


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