Financial Analyst & Planning Discussion Post

Financial Analyst & Planning Discussion Post
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Review the financial statements of a public company Under “Get Quotes”, type in the symbol of a public corporation. For instance, F is Ford Motor Co. Symbols can be looked up as well on Yahoo!. Then hit “Get Quotes”. After you’ve gone to the company’s webpage, take a look at the financial information on the company. Tell us about your thoughts as to how well the company is run from a financial standpoint. Your initial post should be 200 words or more. I suggest you consider corporations in more than one sectors of the economy. For example, you might look at FPL (Florida Power and Light, GF (General Foods), CVS (CVS Pharmacy), etc. The more diverse your companies, the more others can learn from your research.

Then, examine two of your classmate’s companies and write a financial evaluation of 100 to 125 words in length.

Commentary should include an evaluation of sales, profits, cash flows, assets and other important financial information. Remember, you don’t need to answer the questions as if you are a financial analyst; the purpose of this discussion is to help you get comfortable with the subject matter. Therefore, we want to become ‘conversationally competent’ not prepare for the CPA exam.

Merely agreeing with someone’s comments is not considered to be an acceptable post. A good posting should add to the value of the current discussion topic by adding information or insight into the original post.

Students must initially post their first response by Thursday on the topic. In addition, students will be required to answer the posts of two other students by the end of the week. Most quality posts will be at least 200 words long on the initial post, with subsequent student replies being at least 100 to 125 words in length. Grading will be in compliance with the rubric for online discussions found in the course.

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