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I need help in answering the questions below for a...




I need help in answering the questions below for an investment assignment. Please only accept the assignment if you're for sure able to properly complete it and on time. The project is about Beta and Return - see instructions below: Beta and Return. The objectives of this exercise: 1. To access and download stock and index price data from 2. To discern the difference between a real-time closing price and an adjusted price. 3. To discover how calculates beta for an individual stock. 4. To replicate the calculation for twenty firms in the S&P 500 index, tabulate the results and report your findings. Learning Outcomes: Students should be able to: 1. Identify individual stocks in the S&P 500 index and discuss the composition of the S&P 500 index. 2. Collect financial data including closing stock prices and adjusted stock prices. 3. Estimate beta from historical data. 4. Tabulate regression results and discuss empirical findings. Guidelines: 1. You will be assigned twenty (20) stocks from the current S&P 500 index (SEE THE STOCKS BELOW). You must use these 20 stocks (or, more precisely, the ticker symbols) to download data from Go to, then Finance, then type in your ticker symbol. Next choose Historical Prices from the tabs on the left. Tag ?Monthly? then choose the appropriate dates (to be determined below). Click Get Prices, scroll to the bottom of the page and download to spreadsheet (it is actually saved as a ?.csv? file, but it will open okay in Excel). The last month of return data should be June 2013. Be sure to use end-of-month data! Yahoo might print a beginning of month date in the monthly output, but it should be end of month. To check this, look at the daily data and verify that the last day of the month is used in the monthly spreadsheet (it should be if you wait until after the sample period to collect your data). 2. You must determine how exactly calculates historical beta, then replicate their calculations. This requires the use of regression software (or functions in Excel, if you know how to do that). Note, you must calculate returns first. Is the data sorted correctly ? in time order? If not, you must sort your stock prices and market prices so that the oldest prices are first, then calculate returns. Answer the following questions: a. How, exactly, does calculate their beta? How many months of return data do they use? How many months of price data do you need? How do you know that you and Yahoo used the same data period? b. Should you use closing price or adjusted price when calculating returns? Why? c. What is the market proxy? What ticker did you use for your market proxy? 3. After calculating returns for your twenty stocks and the market, you must calculate beta for each of your twenty stocks. Create a Table showing the following: Ticker, Company Name, yahoo beta, calculated beta, intercept and r-square from your regressions. 4. Do your regression results match results? Why or why not? Output: You must submit a brief write-up of your results. Your paper should be detailed enough so that someone else could pick up your paper and replicate your results. So, you will need a brief introduction describing your data sources, how you manipulated the data, how you calculated returns, how you calculated beta, a Table, and a brief summary and discussion of your findings. In total, you must submit: 1. Your write-up as a Word file including the Table described above in Guideline #3 and your answers to the various questions. 2. An Excel spreadsheet (one sheet), properly formatted, containing the ticker symbol, closing price, adjusted price and dates (dates should be the same for each ticker) for each of your twenty stocks and your market proxy. 3. Another Excel spreadsheet, properly formatted, with a detailed example of how, exactly, you calculated the results in your Table (i.e., replicate the detailed findings for one of your stocks). The two Excel worksheets should be in one file with two different labeled worksheet tabs. 341 PCAR PACCAR Inc 342 PETM PETsMART Inc 343 PCG PG&E Corporation 344 PNC PNC Finl Services Group 345 PPG PPG Industries Inc 346 PPL PPL Corp 347 PLL Pall Corp 348 PH Parker-Hannifin Corp 349 PDCO Patterson Cos Inc 350 PAYX Paychex Inc 351 BTU Peabody Energy Corp 352 JCP Penney J.C. Inc 353 PNR Pentair Ltd. 354 PBCT People's United Financial Inc 355 POM Pepco Holdings Inc 356 PEP PepsiCo Inc 357 PKI PerkinElmer Inc 358 PRGO Perrigo Co 359 PFE Pfizer Inc 360 PM Philip Morris International


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