Answer to Question #37064 in Finance for Ray Ray

Question #37064
EXCEL Spreadsheets are useful for computing statistics: averages,
standard deviation, variance, and correlation are included as
built-in functions. Below is recent monthly stock return data for
ExxonMobil (XOM) and Microsoft (MSFT). Using a spreadsheet
and its functions, compute the average, variance, standard deviation,
and correlation between the returns for these stocks. What
does the correlation between the returns imply for a portfolio
containing both stocks? MONTH XOM RETURN MSFT RETURN
November 4.6% 10.4%
October 0.1% 13.6%
September 1.9% 10.3%
August 3.3% 13.8%
July 4.4% 9.3%
June 1.6% 5.5%
May 0.7% 2.1%
April 9.4% 23.9%
March 0.1% 7.3%
February 3.2% 3.4%
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