Yahoo and Shell Stock Project

1. The stocks I chose were Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS-A).

2. When I first purchased these stocks Yahoo! Inc. was $21.22 and Shell was $66.00.

3. Yahoo! Inc. I invested $2,122.00 and Shell $6,600.00.

4. The current closing prices; Yahoo! Inc. is $26.41 and Shell is $69.60.

5. My up to date earnings on my Yahoo! Inc. stock has been $519.00 and on my Shell stock I’ve made $360.00.

6. Yahoo! Inc. is a technology company that provides free search capabilities on things from breaking news, sports news and scores, finance, and entertainment. It provides communication tools on the web and on mobile devices like Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, intoNow for watching TV, Yahoo! Answers, and Flickr.

Royal Dutch Shell is an independent oil and gas company that explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company also markets and trades natural gas, extracts bitumen from mined oil sands and converts it to synthetic crude oil, and generates electricity from wind energy. Also, the company engages in manufacturing, supplying, and shipping crude oil, selling fuels, lubricants, bitumen, and liquefied petroleum gas for home, transport, and industrial use.

They participate in converting crude oil into a range of refined products, including gasoline, diesel, heating oil, aviation fuel, marine fuel, lubricants, bitumen, sulphur, and LPG. They produce and market petrochemicals, such as the raw materials for plastics, coatings, and detergents for industrial customers and alternative energy business.

7. David Filo and Jerry Yang, Ph.D. students in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University first started Yahoo! Inc. in a campus trailer as a hobby. In February 1994 they started a list of favorites to keep track of their personal interests on the Internet. Eventually, Jerry and David’s lists became too long and massive, and they broke them out into categories. When the categories became too full, they developed subcategories and the core concept behind Yahoo! was born. The Web site started out as “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web” but eventually it was changed to Yahoo!.

Jerry and David soon found they were not alone in wanting a single place to find useful Web sites. Before long, hundreds of people were accessing their guide and this is when they knew they had a potential business on their hands. In March 1995, they incorporated the business and met with Sequoia Capital.

They agreed to fund Yahoo! in April 1995 with an initial investment of nearly $2 million. Today, Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet communications, commerce and media company that offers a network of services to more than 345 million people monthly worldwide.

As the first online navigational guide to the Web, is the leading guide of traffic, advertising, household and business user reach. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and has offices in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Canada and the United States. Marissa Mayer is CEO, President and Director. Before becoming part of Yahoo! Marissa Mayer was Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services at Google where she oversaw product management, engineering, design and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search, for desktop and mobile.

Royal Dutch Petroleum Company was a Dutch company founded in 1890 by Jean Baptiste August Kessler, along with Henri Deterding, when a Royal charter was granted by King William III of the Netherlands to a small oil exploration and production company known as “Royal Dutch Company for the Working of Petroleum Wells in the Dutch East Indies”. The Shell Transport and Trading Company was a British company, founded in 1897 by Marcus Samuel and his brother Samuel Samuel.

Their father had owned a company, importing and selling sea-shells, after which the company Shell took its name. Initially the Company commissioned eight oil tankers for the purposes of transporting oil. In 1919, Shell took control of the Mexican Eagle Petroleum Company and in 1921 formed Shell-Mex Limited which marketed products under the “Shell” and “Eagle” brands in the United Kingdom. In 1932, Shell-Mex merged its UK marketing operations with British Petroleum to create Shell-Mex and BP Ltd, a company that traded until the brands separated in 1975. Royal Dutch Company ranked 79th among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production contracts.

As of 1 July 2009, Peter Voser is CEO of Shell. 8. Because I knew nothing about stocks and how they worked, I researched to see what companies would be good to invest in before choosing. I chose Yahoo! Inc. because it was reasonable price per share and noticed the company had been growing considerably. Yahoo Inc. has experienced an increase in internet traffic that has revenue growth up to 2 percent year-over-year reported for 2012 and market capitalization is 24.79 billion. Yahoo’s January traffic growth even topped Google’s by 3%.

Royal Dutch Shell seemed to be an obvious choice, because they are in the gas and oil business. I assumed that the summer was upon us and that gas and oil usage would increase due to people wanting to go out and do more activities in the sunshine and their capitalization percentages are high.

In real life I do not think I would invest in either of these companies. Investing in stocks seems to me a bit like a gamble, there are no exact rules or guidelines to follow that can guarantee you to make money.

9. In July 2012 Yahoo! appointed Marissa Ann Mayer as President and CEO, since then their shares have increased by about $10. She has stopped allowing Yahoo! employees from working at home which has increased productivity and also the number of employees leaving the company have been cut in half compared to a year ago. I believe this has had a great impact on the growth and share increase.

For Royal Dutch Shell the week ending May 4th, the share had increased by $2.29 from the previous week. On April 30th Shell announced a buyback of shares, I am not sure what the correlation is between this event and the increase in the share but it seems it may have had some affect.

10. weekly price of stock

WeekYahoo! Inc.Royal Dutch ShellJan 1820.0270.15Jan 2620.3771.46Feb 219.7670.91Feb 920.5067.47Feb 1621.0265.62Feb 2321.2266.00March 221.9465.78March 922.9066.17March 1622.0766.20March 2323.2665.72March 3023.5365.16April 623.3064.15April 1324.6965.26April 2023.4764.04April 2726.6866.78May 425.0769.07May 826.4169.60