Bab 12-Risk and Diversification You are considering an investment in the stock market and have identified two potential stocks (XYZ and ABC) to purchase. The historical return for the past five years shown in the table below: Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 XYZ Return 11% 15% 21% 9% 13% ABC Return 25% 12% 19% 13% 8% a. Calculate the average return and standard deviation of return for each stock over the past five years. Based on this information alone, which stock would you prefer to own? Would everybody make the same choice? b. Calculate the correlation coefficient between the two stocks. Does it appear that a portfolio consisting of XYZ and ABC would provide good diversification? c. Calculate the annual return that would have been achieved had you owned a portfolio consisting of 50% in XYZ and 50% in ABC over the past five years. d. Create a chart that shows how the standard deviation of the portfolio’s return changes as the weight of XYZ changes.