(P12-7) amalgamated General Corporation is a consulting firm that also offers financial services through its credit division. From time to time the company buys and sells securities intending to earn profits on short-term differences in price. The following selected transactions relate to Amalgamator’s investment activities during the last quarter of 2011 and the first month of 2012. The only securities held by Amalgamated at October 1 were $30 million of 10% bonds of Kansas Abstractors, Inc., purchased on May 1 at face value. The company’s fiscal year end on December 31.
Oct. 18 Purchased 2 million preferred shares of Millwork Ventures Company for $58 million as a
speculative investment to be sold under suitable circumstances.
31 Received semiannual interest of $1.5 million from the Kansas Abstractors bonds.
Nov. 1 Purchased 10% bonds of Holistic Entertainment Enterprises at their $18 million face
value, to be held until they mature in 2018. Semiannual interest is payable April 30 and
Sold the Kansas Abstractors bonds for $28 million because rising interest rates are
expected to cause their fair value to continue to fall.
Dec. 1 Purchased 12% bonds of Household Plastics Corporation at their $60 million face value,
to be held until they mature in 2028. Semiannual interest is payable May 31 and
20 Purchased U. S. Treasury bonds for $5.6 million as trading securities, hoping to earn
profits on short-term differences in prices.
21 Purchased 4 million common shares of NXS Corporation for $44 million as trading
securities, hoping to earn profits on short-term differences in prices.
23 Sold the Treasury bonds for $5.7 million.
29 Received cash dividends of $3 million from the Millwork Ventures Company preferred
31 Recorded any necessary adjusting entry(s) and closing entries relating to the
investments. The market price of the Millwork Ventures Company preferred stock was
$27.50 per share and $11.50 per share for the NXS Corporation common. The fair
values of the bond investments were $58.7 million for Household Plastics Corporation
and $16.7 million for Holistic Entertainment Enterprises.
Jan. 7 Sold the NXS Corporation common shares for $43 million.
Prepare the appropriate journal entry for each transaction or event.