Assessment 2: report (15%) (this assessment must be submitted (print

Assessment 2: Report (15%)

(This assessment must be submitted (print copy-A4 size) between 2 May to 6 May 2016 to your tutor during tutorial time.)


Q1.      Collect the data from “Yahoo Finance” and answer the following questions (using the instructions given below):


  • Collect the market price index (All Ordinaries), Share price for a company (as per instructions given in page 2) and display the data for two sub-periods separately in a table.                                                                                                                 (2 marks)
  •  Calculate the return of share prices  and market return  (from market price index). Display the calculated returns along with the risk free rate of return (given in a separate excel file) in a table for two sub periods. Calculate and tabulate,  and.                                                                                                      (2 marks)
  • Calculate the mean, standard deviation, variance, coefficient of variation and correlation coefficient for  and  separately (for two sub-period) and comment on the result.          (1+ marks, 1 for calculation 2 for the comment)
  • Estimate beta   for your selected company for the two sub-periods.     (2 marks)
  •  Explain the value of beta that you have calculated.                                      (2 marks).
  • Why the estimated value of beta is different for two sub-periods.                (4 marks)


(Note: The assessment should be typed, printed and submitted)



Instructions for assessment 2:


Data collection from Yahoo Finance:

  • Go to the Yahoo Finance Web page:
  • On the left hand side enter Symbol or type the name of the Company and click “Look up”. For example: Medibank Private. The symbol will come up, otherwise see the list (excel file) of companies and you will find the symbol.
  • Click “Historical Prices” icon.
  • Next, Click “Monthly data” icon.
  • Set Data Range: Start date: February, 2013 and end date: January, 2016.
  • Click, “Get Prices”
  • In the bottom of the page click, “Download to Spreadsheet”. Therefore, download the data and save.
  • Keep only “Date” and the “Adj Close”. This will be the share price for your selected firm. (Please ignore the dividend paid. That is, delete dividend for each period)
  • Follow the same steps from 1. And collect the data for the same period for “All Ordinaries”. This will be your market index.
  • Follow the lecture note and divide the data for two sub-periods: a) Feb, 2013 to July, 2014 and b) Aug, 2014 to January, 2016.
  • Risk free rate of interest is given in the assignment.
  • Students are allowed to use Microsoft excel or calculator for this assessment.
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