Research Paper of accounting and financial – 3M

Research Paper of accounting and financial – 3M


Final Paper


Company:  3M (previously known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing company), whose home base is in Maplewood, Minnesota.



You will write a paper, 8 to 10 pages in length, well-written, and formatted per APA Requirements.


Research your selected organization using 5-7 credible sources, at least three of them scholarly. You can find historical company financials using LexisNexis and Datamonitor (via EBSCOhost) as well as at the SEC.GOV website.


Conduct an analysis of your selected organization’s accounting and financial issues per the following elements:


•Describe the company’s organization. Provide key statistics and graphs regarding employees, customers, trading volume, and share price for at least the last three years.  At a minimum, provide measures of central tendency and dispersion.


•What was your organization’s stock price over the last three years?  Generate a scatter plot with the vertical axis being the price and the horizontal axis the time. Interpret the scatter plot.  Interpret whether the company’s stock price foreshadows any problems or shows only positive gains for the company.


•What were some of the organization’s key financial ratios for the last three years? Interpret them. At a minimum, you should discuss earnings per share, liquidity ratios, debt ratios, return on assets, and return on equity ratios. Interpret what these financials mean and if they are indicative of any problems that the company may be experiencing.


•In your estimation, will this organization be around for a while or is it destined to fail? What quantitative evidence can you show for your choice?  At a minimum, you should discuss the elements of accounting, finance, probability, and statistics that indicate whether the organization is either going to last or fail.

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