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Project 1

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Assume that you have $1,000,000. You will use this to form a hypothetical large-cap

(each with at least $10 Billion in Market Capitalization) diversified stock portfolio by

investing it in five stocks chosen from five different industries. Be sure to pick

companies that pay dividends. No short sales, fractional shares, or margin trades are

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permitted. To determine how much you have invested in any particular stock, multiply

the stock price by the number of shares you buy. You must use at least $900,000. Any

funds left over will be held as cash, earning no interest. Dividends and other cash

distributions will be added to cash, not reinvested.

Trades are not permitted except in extraordinary situations, with my specific approval

beforehand. Trading will only be considered between Friday of Week 1 to Thursday of

Week 13, January 10 to April 9. Should I allow a trade, you need to notify me about the

exact trade you make within 24 hours by e-mail.


1. Spreadsheet that includes the number of shares you purchased for each

stock and the closing prices as of the end of Week 2, January 31, of your

stocks. Report the last dividend paid date and amount as well as the

expected next ex-dividend and paid dates. Also, include your total investment

and the amount held in cash. To get stock price information, go to or and click on “Finance.” Enter the ticker

symbol of your stock and click on historical prices. Use the column that

contains closing prices.

2. Conduct an analysis of the stocks, telling me why you chose these particular

stocks based on your analysis. The analysis (3 to 6 pages plus spreadsheets)

should include the following:

3. a) Give a brief history of the companies and their products. Briefly discuss

where the company is heading (new products, ventures). Identify who each

company’s competitors are and what each company’s ranking is amongst its


4. b) Find the reported beta and the adjusted beta of the companies. Report

your source and describe how they calculated the betas including frequency

of observations, as methods vary. Explain what the beta tells you about each


Project Part 2. Valuation of your portfolio and companies (and reevaluation based on any

changes you have made in your portfolio). 


1. Calculate historical beta and adjusted beta for each stock in your portfolio and

the portfolio as a whole, based on the data for 5 years, 3 years and 1 year

prior to January 31, 2021.

2. Using the stocks in your initial portfolio, prepare a valuation of each stock and

the initial portfolio using zero, constant or variable growth models with a

market return at 8% and at 12%. [Note that the growth rate must be less than

the required rate of return.] Make sure you list the date of the valuation and

the closing share price of your firm’s stock. Each firm’s required rate of return

will depend on its beta.

3. Is the stock of each of these companies over or undervalued?

4. What is the expected return using the CAPM model?

5. Map risk-returns relationships for 1 year and 3 year returns to each stock and

your portfolio, relative to the benchmark (S&P 500) returns.

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