Utilize Businessweek/finance for this activity.
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Your source will be the Wall Street Journal and Beta from Google Finance.
First, identify the returns for the S&P 500 for the last year, last 3 years and last 5 years.
Second, identify three companies from the S&P 500 and identify those companies’ Beta and explain:
How they would perform in an up market and a down market;
Which one would you invest in if you anticipate the market to continue to improve and why?
What would you expect your return to be compared to the other stocks you selected?
You should look for different companies to discuss.