Accounting essay

Use the financial statements from Apple Annual report 2019 to complete the assignment. Using APA format (no abstract necessary), write an 800-1000 word essay in Microsoft Word answering the questions below.


  1. The essay must include an introduction, body, and conclusion, and address all parts of the question. Please note that originality is the expectation – your own words with reference support. Overuse of direct quotes and copy and paste are not acceptable and may be considered as plagiarism. (See your Syllabus for details.)
  2. Make sure to cite any references you use. At a minimum, you must cite the annual report, the textbook, and 3 (three) peer reviewed articles.
  3. All references must be cited using APA format as described in Lesson 0. Please refer to the grading matrix as shown in the Syllabus for essay assignments.

Essay Questions

  1. Explain why corporations issue stocks. Are corporations required to pay dividends? Explain. Why do corporations pay dividends? What are retained earnings, and why are they important? Explain your answer.
  2. Describe the difference between common and preferred stocks. Why do corporations sell preferred stocks? Explain
  3. Review the stockholders’ equity section of the balance sheet. Did your selected corporation have any preferred stock at the end of the year? If yes, what is the amount?
  4. Examine the notes at the bottom of the balance sheet. Is your selected corporation authorized to issue preferred stock? If so, how much?
  5. How much of your selected corporation’s common stock was outstanding at the end of the year? How can you tell?
  6. Examine your selected corporation’s consolidated statements of cash flows. Did your selected corporation pay any cash dividends during the year? If so, how much?
  7. Show how your selected corporation computed basic earnings per share of $X,XX for the fiscal year. (Ignore any diluted earnings per share.)
  8. Conclude the essay with an answer to this question: From the information you have gathered, do you consider this analysis of the company’s stock an optimal analysis for determining whether to invest in your selected corporation? Why or why not? The conclusion should be built on the information you provided in the body of the essay. Do not introduce new ideas in the conclusion.


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