Week 3 Discussion Board:

Select a stock from one of the following.

Obtain the income statement from their financial statements. You can locate their Annual Report from their company website, SEC website, or Yahoo Finance/MSN Money websites.

  1. What trends so you see for the last 3 years?
  2. Why did the Net Income go up or down for the last 3 years? You will need to speculate. In addition to the income statement itself, search recent articles about the company that may help point to incidents that may have impacted or may impact their net income in the near future.

[Remember to include at least one scholarly source in your post or comments. Source must be cited in-text and full reference listed at the end of the post, both in APA format]

Week 4 Discussion Board:

EPS and Earnings Quality

EPS:

Using the same company that you researched in Week 3 discussion:

  • Post their 3 years’ Earnings per Share (EPS) and comment on significant trends and why you think that happened.

Earnings Quality:

Describe the concept of earnings quality and earnings management. Search the financial statements of the company you chose (especially the Notes).  Describe some areas that could be affected by earnings management and describe what the company reported about that area. Some example areas include, inventory valuation, discontinued operations, extraordinary items, discretionary expenses, nonoperating gains and losses, etc.

[Remember to include at least one scholarly source in your post or comments. Source must be cited in-text and full reference listed at the end of the post, both in APA format]

Week 5 Discussion Board:

Statement of Cash Flows

  • Why is the statement of cash flows a useful document?
  • What can creditors, investors, and other users learn from an analysis of the cash flow statement?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantage of having a large cash balance?
  • Using the same company that you chose in Week 3, analyze and report on the statement of cash flows. (Comment on operating, investing, and financing activities)

 [Remember to include at least one scholarly source in your post or comments. Source must be cited in-text and full reference listed at the end of the post, both in APA format]

Week 6 Discussion Board:

Company Ratio Analysis

Using the same company that you researched in Week 3 discussion, and using Yahoo Finance or MSN Money, answer the questions below.

Required: Comment on the 3-year trends in the following liquidity, solvency, and profitability ratios:

  • Current Ratio. Is it up or down, and why?
  • Debt Ratio. Is it up or down, and why?
  • Return on Assets. Is it up or down, and why?

 [Remember to include at least one scholarly source in your post or comments. Source must be cited in-text and full reference listed at the end of the post, both in APA format]

 
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