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Research and answer these questions for EOG RESOURCES
Has there been any relationship (or correlation) between oil prices and this company’s stock price performance in the last one year as well as last 5 years (you can go to Yahoo Finance to find historical daily stock price information. For example, you can search for XOM in the search box on the top and then click on the historical data tab). If you want (don’t have to), you can create two charts for the same timeframe (one for oil price and the other for the stock price) and talk about the similarities and differences. You can go to eia.gov for oil prices and other energy commodities.
How has the stock been performing (in the last year as well as last 5 years) in respect to the stock market in general? You can look at Yahoo Finance and search for S&P 500 index (^GSPC). This is a good proxy for the general performance of the market. You can compare the performance of the stock and the S&P 500 index. Since there can be a scaling issue with large vs. small prices, the best way to compare these to is to calculate the “returns” and compare those returns (instead of just prices). The returns are daily HPR (holding period returns). This can be easily done by downloading the daily prices from Yahoo Finance and calculating daily returns in Excel (HPR is calculated as (new-old)/old). So if you are calculating today’s HPR (from yesterday’s to today’s prices), you would use today’s price as “new” and yesterday’s price as “old”. If you repeat this for every day, you will have the “returns” calculated for every day.
How has the stock been performing against its two top competitors? Again, doing this as returns (as mentioned in the previous paragraph) is the best route because you might have a stock with a price of $200 vs a stock with a price of $30 – these price movements are not comparable unless you look at returns.