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# If x equally priced shares of a certain stock are valued at \$18,000

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If x equally priced shares of a certain stock are valued at \$18,000, what is the value per share of the stock?

(1) If the value of each share of stock were \$2 less, the total value of the x shares would be 5 percent less.
(2) If the value of each share of stock were \$1 more, the total value of the x shares would be \$450 more.

I have got the correct answer, but I want to double check whether my understanding is correct.

So from the question stem we have to find out the value of 18000/x ---> Is this correct?

From statement 1

x - 2 = 18000 - 0.05 (18000) ---> We can calculate x and therefore this statement is sufficient.

From statement 2

x + 1 = 18450 --> We can calculate x and therefore this statement is sufficient too.

Therefore, answer is D. Is it correct?
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Unfortunately your solution is not correct. You should have spotted that since you got two different values for x from (1) and (2). On the GMAT, two data sufficiency statements always provide TRUE information and these statements never contradict each other or the stem.

If x equally priced shares of a certain stock are valued at \$18,000, what is the value per share of the stock?

(1) If the value of each share of stock were \$2 less, the total value of the x shares would be 5 percent less --> since the shares are equally priced then we can say that \$2 reduction in price per share equals to 5% reduction --> P*5%=\$2 --> P=\$40. Sufficient.

(2) If the value of each share of stock were \$1 more, the total value of the x shares would be \$450 more --> surplus of \$1 for x shares generates \$450 --> x*\$1=\$450 --> x=450 --> P=\$18,000/450=\$40. Sufficient.

Hope it's clear.
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