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Company Insights on BP, Microsoft, and Western Digital. On August 30, we all chose 5 stocks to evaluate before purchasing. At this time I chose BP AMOCO, Microsoft, Western Digital, Toys-R-Us, and Fortune Financial Incorporated. After a few weeks of tracking these stocks, I chose to keep BP AMOCO, Microsoft, and Western Digital, because the stocks were relatively stable and most of them were on the rise at this time. As you are aware, we were given $30,000.00 to invest in our three chosen stocks, which breaks down to $10,000.00 per stock. We also had to include a broker’s fee of $500.00 for every $10,000.00 invested. My first stock was BP AMOCO. On September 8, I purchased 167 shares at $57.06 per share, which totaled $9,523.00 and incurred a $476.15 broker’s fee, making the grand total spent $9,999.15. BP is one of Britain’s biggest companies and one of the world’s largest oil and petrochemical groups. Its origin dates back to May 1901. BP owes its origin to one man, William Knox D’Arcy, a wealthy Englishman, who obtained concession from the Muz-affaru'd-Din, Shah of Persia (1896- 1907) to explore and exploit the oil resources of the country, excluding the five northern providence’s that bordered Russia. He, shortly after the turn of the century, invested time, money and labor in the belief that worthwhile deposits of oil could be found in Persia, which is now known as Iran. Having been granted the concession; D’Arcy employed an engineer, George Reynolds, to undertake the task of exploring for oil in Persia. For seven years, Mr. D'Arcy battled with severe weather, the absence of a developed infrastructure, the shortage of skilled local labor, the problems of dealing with neighboring tribes in the absence of a strong central government, difficult terrain, and an uncertain political situation. These conditions made Reynolds pioneering task an exceptionally difficult venture. Meanwhile, the costs mounted stretching D’Arcy’s resources to the point where e sought outside financial assistance. This came in 1905 from the Burmah Oil Company, which provided new funds for his venture. More exploration in Persia followed without success, until eventually, in May of 1908, Reynolds and his helpers struck oil in commercial quantities at Masjid-i- Suleiman in southwest Persia. It was the first commercial oil discovery in the Middle East, signaling the emergence of that region as an oil producing area. After the discovery had been made, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company was formed in 1909 to develop the oilfield and work the concessions. At the top of Anglo- Persian’s formation, Burmah Oil Company owned 97 percent of its ordinary
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shares. Lord Strathcona, the company’s first chairman, owned the rest. Although D'Arcy was appointed a director and remained on the board until his death in 1917, he was not to play a major part in the new company's affairs. His role as the initial risk-taking investor was past and the daunting task of developing the oil discovery into a commercial enterprise shifted to others, amongst whom one stands out: Charles (later Sir Charles, then Lord) Greenway.
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