Securities, Market Functions, and Performance Evaluation

This week you will provide an overview of the stock market and evaluate its past performance. Your discussion
should include:
General
-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, SP 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?
Meet the following requirements:
-Be two or three pages in length for the analysis and explanations
-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

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