Understanding the numbers

Write a 2–3-page research paper explaining each selected ratio, the ratio category, and your individual analysis of the company as compared to the industry and the time sensitive analysis.

*Include a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet with your relevant calculations.

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Locate the financial statements of a U.S. publicly-traded company of your choice (the company must have inventory and accounts receivable) by visiting the organization’s Web site to locate the investor section. Or you may use one of the following Websites: 

o U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

o Yahoo Finance

o Google Finance

-Review the information presented in the financial statements of the company you selected.

-Using the company you selected, calculate one ratio from each ratio category located at this Financial Ratios resource.  Complete a trend analysis of each ratio for a three-year period.

-Describe what the trends you see for your company based on your ratio analysis. What does this mean for the company?

-Compare your company’s ratios with those of the industry it is in.

-Analyze the financial reporting information and the financial health of the company with the help of the calculated ratios.


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