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You will need to collect the stock price data for any 2 companies and the stock market of your choice. Choose companies that are in different industries. Collect the end-of-month prices for the last 21 months of your chosen stocks with at least one month’s data from the start of the semester and set them on the spreadsheet. Taking this raw data, compute the monthly returns for both (there should be 20 returns). Make sure that I am able to see the cell formulas for each computation.
Next, compute the mean rate of return and the standard deviation of returns for both your stocks. Compute the correlation coefficient for the 2 stocks and the beta value for each stock. Plot the returns of your stocks against each other on a graph within the spreadsheet (y axis for stock a and x axis for stock b).
Next, assume that you construct a portfolio where you put equal money in each of your 2 stocks. Compute the 20 monthly rates of return for the portfolio, the mean rate of return and the standard deviation of returns and the beta value of the portfolio. Finally, within the spreadsheet comment in detail your findings regarding risk/return of your portfolio as compared to the risk/return characteristics of the 2 individual stocks and the overall market.


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