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In the second week, you selected a manufacturing company (General Motors) and described its products and costs. For this week, refer back to that company and perform a trend analysis for the most recent 4 years (the financial statements needed for this assignment may be available at https://finance.yahoo.com/). Analyze the trends for 3 line items you believe are most important in evaluating a company for the balance sheet and for the income statement (3 each). In your initial post, answer the following questions:
What do you observe in the linear trends (i.e., are values increasing or decreasing)?
What are the trends on a common-size basis?
What would be your next steps in completing a thorough analysis of the trends?
In your response to your peers, provide any additional insights you may have based on their analyses. (250 minimum word count, references excluded)
Please paraphrase information from your sources (use at least 2 quality sources outside of the assigned textbooks; avoid direct quotations and “Wiki” sources) and include in-text citations and corresponding references in APA format.
In this course, I expect you to use the introduction, body, conclusion (IBC) format in your discussion, written, portfolio, and group activity assignments. Here are the details of the IBC format.
Introduction: restate the problem or question given in the assignment, include any background information, and provide a preview or plan of what you will be discussing in the body.
Body: use the MEAL plan to create paragraphs consisting of your own words along with paraphrased sentences and in-text citations to answer the question or problem provided in the introduction.
Conclusion: summarize the main points discussed in the body, discuss how they answer the problem or question, and make a recommendation or observation to end your response.
Please make sure your response follows APA guidelines and includes a reference list at the end. I suggest writing an outline before you begin to write. Please include at least one of the assigned textbooks as a reference.
Tables and graphs can be used as evidence in the body, but they should be used to support your analysis, which is written in your own words. You need to explain how and why the table and graph support the topic sentence of the paragraph.