Module 1: Introduction To Financial Management

Remember to submit your work following the file naming convention FirstInitial.LastName_M01.docx. For example, J.Smith_M01.docx. Remember that it is not necessary to manually type in the file extension; it will automatically append. Start by reading and following these instructions: 1. Quickly skim the questions or assignment below and the assignment rubric to help you focus. 2. Read the required chapter(s) of the textbook and any additional recommended resources. Some answers may require you to do additional research on the Internet or in other reference sources. Choose your sources carefully. 3. Consider the discussion and the any insights you gained from it. 4. Create your Assignment submission and be sure to cite your sources, use APA style as required, check your spelling. Assignment: Answer these essay questions: Go to finance.yahoo.com and find the current stock prices for Southwest Airlines (LUV), Harley Davidson (HOG) and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide (HOT). Get a quote for American Express (AXP) and follow the “Key Statistics” link. What information is available on this link? What do mrq, ify, yoy and ttm mean? Recently the social networking site Facebook had a successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) of its business. Write a report on the financial coverage of the financial securities. Is an IPO a primary market transaction or a secondary market transaction? Post IPO, what actions did the senior management take to maximize the shareholders’ interests? Give reasons. As you may know, many companies incorporate in Delaware for a variety of reasons. Visit the website at www.bizfilings.com to find out why. Which state has the highest fee for incorporation? For an LLC? While at the site, look at the FAQ section regarding corporations and LLCs and write your report. In the reading assignment for this module you learned about some of the factors that affect stock prices. Consider the company you’re working for or some company that interests you and determine what is the most important driver of stock price for that company (considering only factors that are under management’s control)? Explain your answer.