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Analyze a real event

Analyze a real event

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Case study Analyze a real event   #codeExercice#


The case study deals with the analysis of a real event. It especially looks at the impact of the event in financial markets. The event could be about a firm, the economy or the world.

A few examples: announcement of the financial results or launch of a new product for an event about a firm, publication of official statistics such as the unemployment rate or announcement of an increase in interest rates for an economic event, and natural catastrophe or announcement of a major scientific discovery for an event related to the world.

Your work:

  • Choose an event and a firm
  • Find a title for your case study
  • Write a description of the event (5 lines max), a description of the firm (5 lines max), an explanation of the market reaction to the event (5 lines max) and a justification of your choice of the event and the firm (5 lines max).
  • Upload a file, which illustrates the event such as a newspaper article
  • Upload a file, which illustrates the market reaction (graph of the evolution of the stock price of the firm).

Allowed file format: png, gif, jpg and pdf.

Beyond writing your own case, you have to evaluate the case of other participants:

  • Leave comments
  • Give likes


To give you an idea of the work to be done, you can have a look at the case study written by Prof. Longin as an example:

EXAMPLE - Wreck of tragic Costa Concordia: financial wreck of the company?

   Useful tips to get financial data   

To find stock market data (history of stock prices of a given company), the finance.yahoo.com website is interesting because the history of the data goes back very far in the past (often since the first day of quotation of the company). In practice, to get the data for Carnival, I typed in Google:  « stock price data carnival » and the Yahoo! Finance website appeared in the top positions.

You may find useful the note on stock market data, which explains how to get the data on Yahoo! Finance website and how to work with the data on a spreadsheet like Excel.


The grading for this case study takes into account the work to write your own case, your evaluation of the cases of other participants, the evaluation of your case by other participants (peer review) and by the educational team.

The details of the grading is given below:


  • 90 points to write your case
  • 10 points to write a comment on the cases of other participants (30 points max)
  • 5 points to like the cases of other participants (15 points maximum).

Other participants:

  • 10 points per comment written by other participants on your case (30 points max)
  • 5 points per like obtained from other participants (15 points max).

The educational team:

  • 20 points per comment written the educational team on your case
  • 10 points per like obtained from the educational team.