Choose three companies from different industries and locate their statements of cash flows for the most recent year.
(a) Create a table to compare the dollars provided or used by operating, investing, and financing activities, as well as the overall increase or decrease in cash.
(b) Create a second table for each company comparing this same information for each of the three years presented in that company's statement of cash flows. Include an additional column that looks at the combined cash flows for all three years.
(c) Write a short analysis of the information gathered and should address, among other things, whether cash flow from operating activities is large enough to cover investing and financing activities, and if not, how the company is financing its
activities. Discuss differences and similarities between the companies you have chosen.
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