Question

X-Tech Company issued preferred stock many years ago. It carries
a fixed dividend of $6 per share. With the passage of time, yields
have soared from the original 8 percent to 13 percent (yield is the
same as required rate of return).

**a.** What was the original issue price? **(Do
not round intermediate calculations. Round your answer to 2 decimal
places.)**

**b.** What is the current value of this preferred
stock? **(Do not round intermediate calculations. Round your
answer to 2 decimal places.)**

**c.** If the yield on the Standard & Poor’s
Preferred Stock Index declines, how will the price of the preferred
stock be affected?

The price of preferred stock will increase. | |

The price of preferred stock will decrease. |

Answer #1

a.

Original issue price = Fixed dividend / Original yield

Original issue price = $6 /8%

Original issue price = $75.00

b.

Current value = Fixed dividend / Current yield

Current value = $6 / 13% = 46.1538

Current value = **$46.15**

c.

Correct option is > **The price of preferred stock will
increase.**

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