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studentathletechristian8
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9/8/2010 5:52:41 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
(Should have put this in the Education forum, but this forum gets more views.)

My teacher is giving each student 25,000 fictitious dollars to use as investments in the stock market.

A man who works with stocks talked to our class today and told us to find about 25 companies where we can purchase each stock at $1,000.

Do any of you have suggestions as to which companies I should pay close attention to? Anyone have some experience with the stock market?
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9/8/2010 5:56:37 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/8/2010 5:55:08 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Google. Apple. Microsoft.

I looked into Apple, and the price per share is quite high. However, I would be making a profit every time someone buys something from iTunes and the like.
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9/8/2010 5:58:15 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/8/2010 5:56:37 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:55:08 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Google. Apple. Microsoft.
I looked into Apple, and the price per share is quite high. However, I would be making a profit every time someone buys something from iTunes and the like.

Is your success determined by stock returns or by price changes?
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studentathletechristian8
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9/8/2010 6:00:00 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/8/2010 5:58:15 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:56:37 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:55:08 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Google. Apple. Microsoft.
I looked into Apple, and the price per share is quite high. However, I would be making a profit every time someone buys something from iTunes and the like.

Is your success determined by stock returns or by price changes?

I have to:

Begin picking out stocks to invest in.

Have a list in class of proposed investments.

Record the initial price per share of every stock purchased.

Print out stock information twice a week.
MTGandP
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9/8/2010 6:00:27 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/8/2010 5:56:37 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:55:08 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Google. Apple. Microsoft.

I looked into Apple, and the price per share is quite high. However, I would be making a profit every time someone buys something from iTunes and the like.

Apple would have been really smart a few years ago, but right now the price is pretty high. Google is down and is likely to grow a lot in the future, so that could be a good buy. I wouldn't go for Microsoft because I have doubts about their potential for long-term success.

Altria is quite a good buy as well. They pay dividends of around 6.7% (which is absurdly high), and they're a very old and diverse company so they're not going anywhere. It's a solid long-term investment.
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9/8/2010 6:00:42 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/8/2010 5:58:15 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:56:37 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:55:08 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Google. Apple. Microsoft.
I looked into Apple, and the price per share is quite high. However, I would be making a profit every time someone buys something from iTunes and the like.

Is your success determined by stock returns or by price changes?

I think the teacher wants to see how much our initial purchasing power would increase or decrease. There really isn't a specific criteria.
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9/8/2010 6:00:47 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/8/2010 6:00:00 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:58:15 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:56:37 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:55:08 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Google. Apple. Microsoft.
I looked into Apple, and the price per share is quite high. However, I would be making a profit every time someone buys something from iTunes and the like.

Is your success determined by stock returns or by price changes?

I have to:

Begin picking out stocks to invest in.

Have a list in class of proposed investments.

Record the initial price per share of every stock purchased.

Print out stock information twice a week.

Sounds like price changes.
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studentathletechristian8
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9/8/2010 6:01:57 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/8/2010 6:00:27 PM, MTGandP wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:56:37 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 9/8/2010 5:55:08 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Google. Apple. Microsoft.

I looked into Apple, and the price per share is quite high. However, I would be making a profit every time someone buys something from iTunes and the like.

Apple would have been really smart a few years ago, but right now the price is pretty high. Google is down and is likely to grow a lot in the future, so that could be a good buy. I wouldn't go for Microsoft because I have doubts about their potential for long-term success.

Altria is quite a good buy as well. They pay dividends of around 6.7% (which is absurdly high), and they're a very old and diverse company so they're not going anywhere. It's a solid long-term investment.

I assume that both Google and Altria are good long-term investments.

My teacher wants us to pick stocks for the long-term.

The guy who came in also said to expect some profit from Lowe's.
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9/8/2010 6:02:25 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
By the way I hope there's not some assessment of how well your stocks are doing at the end of the course, because a year (if it's a year-long course) is not enough time to judge how well a stock is doing.

Are you going to be given $25,000 to test out your picks? If so, I want in. ;)
studentathletechristian8
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9/8/2010 6:04:47 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/8/2010 6:02:25 PM, MTGandP wrote:
By the way I hope there's not some assessment of how well your stocks are doing at the end of the course, because a year (if it's a year-long course) is not enough time to judge how well a stock is doing.

No, I don't think she's judging based on actual earnings. I think we're just doing this to become more familiar with the stock market.

Are you going to be given $25,000 to test out your picks? If so, I want in. ;)

We'll be given fake money ;)

I have Google and Altria thus far.

Think Lowe's is a good pick?
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9/8/2010 6:06:43 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Can you do nothing? When I did the stock market project a few years back, everyone lost money, so basically the best way to win is to do absolutely nothing.
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9/8/2010 6:08:41 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/8/2010 6:06:43 PM, darkkermit wrote:
Can you do nothing? When I did the stock market project a few years back, everyone lost money, so basically the best way to win is to do absolutely nothing.

I think she wants us to do the project with the result of getting familiar with the stock market. I think she's going to look at the stocks we picked and make sure we have done what she has asked.
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9/8/2010 6:23:27 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Lowe's looks moderately decent. You are trying to find 25 companies, so I'd say go for it. Their monetary affairs seem to be in order, the company looks healthy and they even pay a dividend.
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9/8/2010 6:23:57 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/8/2010 6:09:21 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
The man who works with stocks also said that chocolate and alcohol companies usually do well in good times and bad.

Same with fast food.