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Factors that Drive Fluctuations in Market Prices

If you were to pick the single most important factor that drives the fluctuation in the short term stock market prices, what would that factor be, and why do you think that it is the chief factor that drives short term fluctuations?

Economics - Cost Function

High-Low Method Manchester Foundry produced 45,000 tons of steel in March at a cost of $1,150,000. In April, the foundry produced 35,000 tons at a cost of $950,000. Using only these two data points, determine the cost function for Manchester.

Computing marginal propensity to consume

A country's disposable personal income in 2004 was $100 billion, and $80 billion of that was used as consumption. What is the country's marginal propensity to consume (mpc), which is expressed by the ratio of consumption to income?

Economics: Determining Perceived Value

How do people judge whether prices are too low, too high or fair? As a consumer how do you determine perceived value? What factors do you consider when decided to purchase a product from one company versus another company? How do you determine perceived value when deciding to purchase a service from one company versus anothe

Profitability Index Project

Year Project A Project B 0 -$200 -200 1 82 100 2 80 100 3 80 100 4 80 Question 6: Profitability Index - If the opportunity cost of capital is 11 percent, what is the profitability index for each project? Does the profitability index rank the project incorrectly?

Opportunity cost (macroeconomics)

Atlantis is a small, isolated island in the South Atlantic. The inhabitants grow potatoes and catch fresh fish. The accompanying table shows the maximum annual output combinations of potatoes and fish that can be produced. Obviously, given their limited resources and available technology, as they use more of their resources

Positive and Negative Event

Can you pick one positive and one negative example of events in your area, the state, the country or the world that might impact our life, careers or professions. Please explain the impact and how you might deal with the consequences of each event. Thank you

Firms in a Oligopolistic industry

Consider two strategically dependent firms in an oligopolistic industry: Firm A and Firm B. Firm A knows that if it offers extended warranties on its products but Firm B does not, it will earn $6 million in profits, and Firm B will earn $2 million. Likewise, Firm B knows that if it offers extended warranties but Firm A does not,

American Managers and ethical decline in the US

Do you believe that there are certain common characteristics or traits of American managers that have led to moral or ethical decline in US business over recent years and thus business scandals? If so, what are these characteristics and why do you think they are prevalent in US business and not other countries' business culture

Monoploy and Monopolistic Competition

If the Rhine Company ignores the possibility that other firms may enter its market, it should set a price of $10,000 for its product, which is a power tool. But, if it does so, other firms will begin to enter the market. During the next two years, it will earn $4 million per year, but in the following the next two years, it wi

Calculating Price Index for text books

Eastland College is concerned about the rising price of textbooks that students must purchase. To better identify the increase in the price of textbooks, the dean asks you, the Economics Department's star student, to create an index of textbook prices. The average student purchases three English, two math, and four economics

Economics - Maximum Profit Problem

A steel producer has the following total cost: TC = $187,500 + $5Q + $0.0003Q^2. Q = tons of steel produced per month. Calculate the firm's maximum profit if steel price is stable at $20 ton.

Third degree price discrimination - senior citizen versus. rest

A movie theater has estimated that the demand for a movie ticket can be written as P1 = 10 - Q1 for senior citizens and P2 = 12 - Q2 for the rest of the customers. The marginal cost of a movie ticket is $1. If the movie theater practices third-degree price discrimination, what prices will be charged? A. Senior citizens pay $

Two part pricing - annual membership and rental

A local surf store estimates that their average customer's demand per year is P = 3.5 - 0.5Q, and knows that the marginal cost of each rental is $0.5. a- How much should the store charge for an annual membership in order to extract all the consumer surplus using an optimal two-part pricing strategy? b- How much should t

Demand Analysis & Estimation - Optimal Pricing - Oaktown

In effort to reduce excess end-of-the-model-year inventory, Oaktown Ford offered a 1% discount off the average price of 4WD Escape gas-electric hybrid SUV's sold during the month of August. The response was wildly enthusiastic, with unit sales rising by 10% over the previous month's level. 1) Calculate the point price elastic

Income Elasticity for Staple Foods

The income elasticity for most staple foods, such as wheat, is known to be between zero and one. a. As incomes rise over time, what will happen to the demand for wheat? b. What will happen to the quantity of wheat purchased by consumers? c. What will happen to the percentage of their budgets that consumers spend on wheat?

MR

When a firm is able to set its price, its price will always be less than its MR. Is this true or false and why??

Present Worth for MARR

A firm wants to lease some land from you for 20 years and build a warehouse on it. As your payment for the lease, you will own the warehouse at the end of the 20 years. If the salvage value is estimated to be worth $20,000 then, what is the PW (Present Worth) assuming a MARR of 10%?

Gross Domestic Product.

Nominal GDP in a country was $8,759.9 billion in 2003 and $9,254.6 billion in 2004. The price index was 102.86 for 2003 and 104.37 for 2004. (a) What was the growth rate of nominal GDP between 2003 and 2004? (b) What was the inflation rate from 2003 to 2004? (c) What was the growth rate of real GDP between 2003 and 2004?

Hasbro

3.If you were an economist for Mattel, manufacturer of the doll Barbie, which was making an unsolicited bid to take over Hasbro, manufacturer of G.I. Joe, would you argue that the relevant market is dolls, preschool toys, or all toys including video games? Why? Would your answer change if you were working for Hasbro?

Price Ceilings and the marginal rate of substitution

1. What entity establishes a price ceiling and does it require government sanction for violators? Will it result in a surplus or a shortage? 2.Does the marginal rate of substitution increase or decrease as a point moves downward and to the right along a given indifference curve?

Calculating the Rate of Growth of Per Capita Real GDP

The annual rate of growth of real GDP in a developing nation is 0.3 percent. Initially, the countries' population was stable from year to year. Recently, however, a significant increase in the nation's birth rate has raised the annual rate of population growth to 0.5 percent. Answer the following questions: What was the ra

How Interest Rates Affect Long and Short Term Bond Prices

"The values of outstanding bonds change whenever the going rate of interest changes. In general, short-term interest rages are more volatile than long-term interest rates. Therefore, short-term bond prices are more sensitive to interest rate changes than are long-term bond prices" Is this statement true or false? Please explain

Underinvestment in Education

"Why is it likely that in a system of private education (i.e., a system in which individuals pay for their own education) there will be underinvestment in education? *Remember, education, likes yard work, provides additional social benefit to the society."

Total Profit Maximization - Dairy Farm Company

I'm having problems figuring out how to graph the attached problem. I know it must include product transformation curves, with total cost points, as well as total revenue lines. I'm just very confused about how to even get started. I need some guidance.

quantity theory of money

Suppose that the quantity of money in circulation is fixed but the income of velocity of money doubles. If the real GDP remains at its long run potential level, what happens to the equilibrium price level? Stays the same doubles triples quadruple

Finding the Multiplier

Given an increase in spending of $1,000, and a Marginal Propensity to Consume (MPC) of 80% (8/10), what would be the total increase in the GDP (as a result of the Multiplier?) What would the Multiplier be? Please show all work to help me clearly understand this problem.

Total Sunk Cost and the Total Opportunity Cost

Dave is employed by a company that currently pays him $65,000 per year. He owns a new car that he bought for cash of $32,500. Dave is thinking about returning to school to obtain a law degree. Tuition for the school he wants to attend is $28,000 per year, books average $1,350 per year, and room and board average $12,550 per year