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Return and Risk

Over the past 10 years, Molly O'Rourke has slowing built a diversified portfolio of common stock. Currently her portfolio includes 20 common stock issues and has a total market value of $82,500.

Molly is at present considering the addition of 50 shares of one of two common stock issues-X or Y. To assess the return and risk of each of these issues, she has gathered dividend income and share price data for both over each of the last 10 years (1996 through 2005). Molly's investigation of the outlook for these issues suggests that each will, on average, tend to behave in the future just as it has in the past. She therefore believes that the expected return can be estimated by finding the average holding period return (HPR) over the past 10 years for each of the stocks. The historical dividend income and stock price data collected by Molly are given in the attached accompanying table.

a. Determine the holding period return (HPR) for each stock in each of the preceding 10 years. Find the expected return for each stock, using the approach specified by Molly.

b. Use the HPRs and expected return calculated in question (a) to find both the standard deviation and the coefficient of variation of the HPRs for each stock over the 10-year period 1996 to 2005.

c. Use your findings to evaluate and discuss the return and risk associated with stocks X and Y. Which stock seems preferable? Explain.

d. Ignoring her existing portfolio, what recommendations would you give Molly with regard to stocks X and Y?

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Over the past 10 years, Molly O'Rourke has slowing built a diversified portfolio of common stock. Currently her portfolio includes 20 common stock issues and has a total market value of $82,500.

Molly is at present considering the addition of 50 shares of one of two common stock issues-X or Y. To assess the return and risk of each of these issues, she has gathered dividend income and share price data for both over each of the last 10 years (1996 through 2005). Molly's investigation of the outlook for these issues suggests that each will, on average, tend to behave in the future just as it has in the past. She therefore believes that the ...

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