in-depth analysis of the company (cisco)
Your group will pick a publicly traded company that is traded on the New York Stock
Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ, or the S&P 500. It is required that you pick a company that is
on Fortune’s list of “Top 100 companies to work for”.
Submit your selection to me for approval so we can avoid duplication of companies wherever
possible -so first come, first served as to choices.
Your group will function as an investment advisory firm. Once you have selected your
company and been approved, the group members will begin an in-depth analysis of the
company. The analysis will be comprised of several elements, such as the company’s most
recent financial statements, as well as learning all you can about the company in terms of
products, success within its industry, and any current news that would be relevant to an
investor. In your financial analysis, you should be looking at such things as revenue, net
income, cash, etc. It should include ratio analysis on the financial statements. See Chapter
13 of your textbook for a list of ratios and be sure to include several of each category:
Liquidity, Profitability, Solvency, and Market Prospects. Also remember that there is more in-
depth coverage of many ratios in the chapters themselves. Use the Glossary to help you find
where a particular ratio has been discussed in the text.
You will also take into account other factors that would influence your decision whether or
not to recommend purchase of this stock. Some items in this category might include a new
product or service, recent cost cutting moves, or consolidation or merger with another
company. Finding this information will be part of your research for the project.
While conducting your research, you will be tracking the price movement of the stock as well
as other relevant information about the company’s situation so as to better explain your
positions in your final report.