Discussion week1

Description

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 2 of your textbook.

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Discussion 1 Part 1
Throughout this course, you will examine various financial aspects of Deere & Company. These examinations will culminate in a summative evaluation of the company in your Final Project. Start by reviewing the Final Project instructions in Week 6. Then, download and review the appropriate quarterly and annual reports for Deere & Company based on the instructions below.

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Files to Download

Download the quarterly reports for Deere & Company by completing the following:
Go to the John Deere investorsÂ’ web page, Investor Relations (Links to an external site.), on the Deere & Company website.
Click to expand last year’s set of statements under the “Quarterly Earnings & Events” header in the middle of the page.
Download the appropriate quarter earnings call file (“News Release and Financials”). Use the information below to determine the specific quarter for which you should download:
If this courseÂ’s start date is in January through February, download last yearÂ’s Quarter 1 financial statement (e.g., 1Q Earnings Call).
If this courseÂ’s start date is in March through June, download last yearÂ’s Quarter 2 financial statement (e.g., 2Q Earnings Call).
If this courseÂ’s start date is in July through September, download last yearÂ’s Quarter 3 financial statement (e.g., 3Q Earnings Call).
If this courseÂ’s start date is in October through December, download last yearÂ’s Quarter 4 financial statement (e.g., 4Q Earnings Call).
Download the annual reports for Deere & Company by completing the following.
Go to the John Deere investorsÂ’ web page, Investor Relations (Links to an external site.), on the Deere & Company website.
Click the “Show Archived Annual Reports” button under the Annual Report & Proxy Statement header toward the bottom of the page.
Download the annual report from two years ago from the drop-down menu.

Note: Save these files for easy retrieval, as you will be referring to them throughout the course as well as in your Final Project.

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Discussion 1 Part 2
As you will explore throughout this course, financial data plays a critical role when it comes to making business decisions for an organization. There are four primary financial statements that are used. One is known as the statement of cash flows. For this discussion, assess the characteristics of the statement of cash flows by addressing the following questions:

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List the three primary sections found in the statement of cash flows.
Explain how the statement of cash flows provides useful information that is not available in the other financial statements.
Examine how this information can be useful when making business decisions.
Looking at the financial statement you downloaded for Deere & Company in Part 1, identify the major inflows and outflows of cash for each section of the statement of cash flows.
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Discussion 2

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Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 3 of your textbook.

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With financial literacy and skill, you will be better equipped to make wise decisions when it comes to money (either yours or your companyÂ’s). Investors review many factors before determining whether to buy stock from a company. To make a wise investment, they analyze a set of key indicators to help them decide if investing in the companyÂ’s stock might be profitable.

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In this discussion,

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List the key metrics you would consider before purchasing stock in a company.
List and explain the components of the ratios that would be the most important for you to analyze before making an investment decision.
Explain why you selected the ratios above.
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Guided Response: Review the posts from your classmates and respond to at least two. Compare and contrast the points you and your classmates made regarding the use of key indicators when making investment decisions. Each response should have a minimum of 100 words. Each discussion to be 400 words.

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