Why do firms need to know this value

Build a three column table displaying the full company name and its stock symbol in the first column, a brief description of the company and its main line(s) of business in the second column, and the company’s WACC estimate (the value given in the From Financial Statements column) in the third column. Why do firms need to know this value? How is the weighted average cost of capital used to make decisions? What are each of the components of the weighted average cost of capital and how are each of these components estimated? What are some possible reasons for why the WACC’s in your table differ from one another? Be sure to discuss the relationship between risk and expected return as reflected in bond and stock yields.

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