Module Title: Theory and Practice of Securities Trading: Written Assignment Two






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Assessment Cover Sheet and Feedback Form 2018/19


Module Code:


Module Title:

Theory and Practice of Securities Trading

Module Lecturer:

Dr Jia Cao

Assessment Title and Tasks:

Written Assignment Two

Assessment No.

2 of 2

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Completed by student

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Part A: Record of Submission (to be completed by Student)

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Part B: Marking and Assessment

(to be completed by Module Lecturer)

Assessment Task: carry out fundamental analysis and technical analysis and reflect on finance lab simulation and trading.


Section A: Fundamental Analysis (indicative word count: 1500)


Investment analysts often do not agree on the intrinsic value of a company’s stock. Please select a stock, do research online and answer the following questions based on fundamental analysis of the company, its sector, and the economy.


a.    What are the arguments in favour of higher share price for your chosen company’s shares?

b.    What are the arguments for a bearish outlook?

c.     Do you think your chosen company’s is currently overvalued, fairly valued, or undervalued? Please explain.

·        Please open a free seekingalpha user account ( No need for subscription.

·        Read recent articles about your chosen company and summarize arguments for both bullish (point a) and bearish (point b) predictions for the future performance of your chosen stock.

·        For point c, carry out SWOT analysis that include the analysis of the company, its sector and the economy and make your own judgement on whether its stock is currently overpriced, underpriced or fairly priced. Please make good use of trailing P/E ratio and forward P/E ratio.  (Teaching slides for session fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen)


Section B: Technical Analysis (indicative word count: 500)


Please choose a stock and make your prediction of its future price movement using technical analysis tools/techniques that are available to you, including price actions, candlestick analysis, chart patterns, moving averages and indicators.


·        Please carry out technical analysis on a chart (e.g. draw support/resistance lines, indicate breakout/signals/divergences etc on the chart) to make your price forecast.

·        Please provide descriptions/explanations of trading signals identified and make price prediction based on your technical analysis result.

·        You can choose your own stock for this task. Alternative, you can analyse the chart below.


Section C: Reflection on Finance Lab simulation and Trading (indicative word count: 1000)


In this section, you will reflect upon your experience of trading with globalinvestor simulation.


Please use data available from simulation runs using Finance Lab to discuss

·        your trading performances (profits/losses, rankings, etc)

·        the potential impact of ‘human’ behavioural factors on decision making (website )

·        your strengths and weaknesses as a trader (Session thirteen Trading basics—Table:Differences between Successful and Unsuccessful Traders)


Word count


Your report should be 3,000 words (+/- 10%) and the word count, excluding the list of references, should be shown at the end.


Format and Presentation

ð       Font, Font Size and Spacing

The recommended font is Times New Roman and the recommended font-size is 12. Choose 1.5 line spacing.

ð       Tables, Figures and Equations

Tables and figures shall be numbered consecutively throughout the assignment. For example, Table 1, Table 2, Figure 1, Figure 2 etc.

Equations should be numbered and numbers should be in round brackets at the right hand side of the page and be ordered consecutively throughout the assignment.

ð       Citations and References

Harvard referencing system is required.

Learning Outcomes to be assessed (as specified in the validated module descriptor ):


Critically appraise approaches to risk management using derivatives and discuss the fundamentals of trading utilising a simulation,


Critically appraise approaches to analysis of empirical data and evaluation of financial investments including portfolios.



Grading Criteria:


§  Fundamental Analysis (40%)

§  Technical Analysis (20%)

§  Trading performance (8%)

§  Reflection on trading experience (22%)

§  Format and Presentation (10%)




Feedback/feed-forward (linked to assessment criteria):

·        Areas where you have done well:


·      Feedback from this assessment to help you to improve future assessments:




·      Other comments







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Part C: Reflections on Assessment

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Please indicate which of the following you feel/felt applies/applied to your submitted work

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·        A good attempt, displaying my understanding and learning, with

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understanding of the learning supported by relevant literature and scholarly work with good analysis and evaluation.

·        An excellent attempt, with clear application of literature and

scholarly work, demonstrating  significant analysis and evaluation.


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