market evaluation

This week you will provide an overview of the stock market and evaluate its past performance. Your discussion should include:


  • The structure of the stock market and how it operates
  • How transactions are conducted in the stock market
  • Securities that could be bought or sold in the stock market
  • Other available financial instruments besides stocks
  • How they are used

Evaluation of Overall Stock Market Performance Using the Main Indexes:

  • Compare and contrast the three major stock market indexes (i.e. Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ Composite).
  • Graph the performance of indexes from 1996 to present.
  • Analyze the trends and explain the major events from 1996.
  • Discuss the overall economic outlook and analysts’ forecast of the stock market.
  • What are the factors that affect how the stock market performs?
  • Where do you see the stock market going over the next three months? One year? Three years?

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

  • Be two or three pages in length for the analysis and explanations
  • Be formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.)
  • Include graphs and Excel spreadsheets; these spreadsheets should be embedded in the Word document as an appendix after your analysis and explanations
  • Include a minimum of three credible references.

See the Embedding Instructions for instructions on how to embed an Excel spreadsheet into a Word document.

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