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Waco Students ‘Investing’ in the Future

Written by on October 7, 2013 in News

A group of Waco HS students are exploring the various aspects of investing in the stock market as part of one of their business classes. Students were ‘given’ a ficticious $10,000 lump sum that they could invest in the stock market. In an effort to make the project more realistic, students also pay transaction fees to a ficticious broker each time they buy or sell. Students are taking advantage of online research options, newspapers and episodes of the Nightly Business Report on public television in doing their research. They are required to complete at least one transaction per week during the project. They turn in buy and sell orders to their teacher. The end-of-day closing prices are used to complete the transactions, so there is still an element of risk involved. At the end of the quarter, if a student has earned a profit on their portfolio, the percentage gain they have earned will be added to their class grade average. Students seem motivated to be successful in their choices. Some stocks they have been buying includeAmerican Eagle, Advanced Micro Devices, Aeropostale, Activision Blizzard, Biogen, The Buckle, Blue Holdings, Coca Cola Enterprises, Chico’s, Rockwell Collins, Deere & Company, Dell, Dish Network, Dow Chemical, Darden Restaurants, Ford Motor, Facebook, General Motors, GameStop, Groupon, Hasbro, Home Depot, Honda Motor Co, Hewlett Packard, H&R Block, Intel, Jack in the Box, JC Penney, LG, Alliant Energy, Micron Technology, Navistar, Netflix, Nokia, Pandora, Pfizer, Radio Shack, Starbucks, Scholastic, Sirius, Sony, Verizon, Wendy’s, Zale Corporation, and Quiksilver. There is obviously a lot of diversity in the choices they have made. The project motto is “Buy Low & Sell High”. The early leader in the project is currently up 3.5% in the first month of trading.

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