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(1.3) Goal of firmC M| Answer: a| MEDIUM|
The primary operating goal of a publicly-owned firm interested in serving its stockholders should be to| | | | | | | | | |
a.| Maximize the stock price per share over the long run, which is the stock’s intrinsic value.| b.| Maximize the firm's expected EPS.|
c.| Minimize the chances of losses.|
d.| Maximize the firm's expected total income.|
e.| Maximize the stock price on a specific target date.|

(1.3) Corporate goals and controlC M| Answer: d| MEDIUM| Which of the following statements is CORRECT?|
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a.| The financial manager’s proper goal should be to attempt to maximize the firm’s expected cash flows, since that will add the most to the individual shareholders’ wealth.| b.| The financial manager should seek that combination of assets, liabilities, and capital that will generate the largest expected projected after-tax income over the relevant time horizon, generally the coming year.| c.| The riskiness inherent in a firm’s earnings per share (EPS) depends on the characteristics of the projects the firm selects, and thus on the firm’s assets. However, EPS is not affected by the manner in which those assets are financed.| d.| Potential agency problems can arise between managers and stockholders, because managers hired as agents to act on behalf of the owners may instead make decisions favorable to themselves rather than the stockholders.| e.| Large, publicly owned firms like IBM and GE are controlled by their management teams. Ownership is generally widely dispersed; hence managers have great freedom in how they run the firm. Managers may operate in stockholders’ best interests, but they also may operate in their own personal best interests. As long as they stay within the law, there is no way to either force or motivate managers to act in the stockholders’ best interests.|

(2.2) Risk measuresC NAnswer: c MEDIUM
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