# IFE ECOS2161 Formative Assignment 2014 Essay

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FORMATIVE ASSIGNMENT
Table 1 contains monthly share prices for SAINSBURY (SBRY) and LLOYDS banking group (LLOY). It also contains the monthly prices for the FTSE All-Share index (FTALLSH). Table 1

Date
Time
FTALLSH
SBRY
LLOY

Jan-13
1
3299.04
330.7
53.14

Feb-13
2
3349.39
345.8
54.47

Mar-13
3
3380.64
378.5
48.69

Apr-13
4
3388.74
382.8
52.91

May-13
5
3562.66
383.2
61.32

Jun-13
6
3289.71
355.3
63.16

Jul-13
7
3475.18
392
68.37

Aug-13
8
3417.98
391.3
73.89

Sep-13
9
3467.27
394.7
74.23

Oct-13
10
3581.12
398.8
79.62

Nov-13
11
3549.06
407.8
76.87

Dec-13
12
3608.52
378.4
78.84

Jan-14
13
3524.44
356.7
82.85

Feb-14
14
3666.66
342.6
82.53

Mar-14
15
3559.44
317.1
74.34

Apr-14
16
3584.85
330.5
73.98

May-14
17
3654.71
335.5
77.91

Jun-14
18
3604.39
316.7
75.35

Answer all of the following questions:
a) Generate the log return series for SBRY and LLOY. Calculate and comment upon their average returns. Using appropriate statistics, determine which stock return is more volatile and explain your answer. Comment upon the values of other descriptive statistics. [20 marks]
b) Briefly explain the OLS method of estimating the parameters of the two variable (simple) regression model. [20 marks]
c) Using PcGive, estimate a linear time-trend model for each of the price level series and determine its statistical significance. Comment upon your results. [30 marks]
d) Using the market model determine which company has the higher beta value and test whether the beta values are significantly different from 1. Explain what your results imply. [30 marks]
Overall word limit: 1500 words maximum.

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