Finding Business Information Brendan RappleAD700 Advancing StudiesFall 2010 Many Types of Business Info General Information on Business Information on Companies Information on Finance, Investments etc. Information on International or Global Business
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Advancing StudiesFall 2010
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Why learn how to research a company?
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Very important to know the following:
Researching a company is not always easy:
Use a directory to find whether a company is public, private or non-U.S.
Much info. available on companies which trade on the stock market - SEC filings, annual reports, analysts' reports, news stories, books and case studies.
Information on private companies is usually limited to brief details in directories, news stories, and sometimes books.
Amount of info. on international companies varies. If the company trades on the U.S. exchanges it must file annual reports (20-F) with the SEC.
Other information can be found in directories, databases, newspapers and magazines.
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Contains information on 1,500,000 companies, from 35 European countries, from all activity sectors.
Contains thousands of free annual reports.
Annual Reports from companies in Europe and the USA. Free but registration is required.
Includes profiles for more than 10,000 companies worldwide. Select the "Company" link on the right.
Click on the "Business" tab to get company stock information, bond rating, competitors, executives, brands and more.
Information on more than 200,000 public and private companies. International in scope. Select "subject guide" search and enter company name. Look for the entry that says "Read about this company".
Includes profiles on most public companies in the United States and some international companies. Limited information on private companies. Select Companies/Markets, click on "Company" and enter the company name or ticker symbol.
Investext Plus contains
It delivers full-text reports in their original published formats, complete with charts, photographs and graphics.
The reports are from 500 of the world's top investment banks, brokerage firms and trade associations.
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage
Excellent database for locating company profiles and industry overviews
Most of the databases used for researching public companies may also be useful for private companies:
Newspapers may be especially useful. Still, it is often very difficult to find good info. on private companies
Forbes magazine makes available its list of top private companies over the past three years.
World Bank Country ProfilesCountry profiles prepared by World Bank staff are available for 157 nations. The web site also includes a section “Topics in Development” – very useful for locating diverse information om trade, business etc. in these foreign countries.
GlobalEdgeThe "Country Insights" section provides current information on the business climate, news, history, political structure, economic landscape, and relevant statistical data for 196 countries. The "Global Resources" section is a directory of international business resources categorized by specific orientation and content.
Cover about 52 major industries in the U.S. and some in Europe, Asia and Latin American.
There are two ways to search for an industry overview in this database. Click on the "Industry" link in the right column to see if your industry is listed. If not, enter your industry in the search box (i.e. financial services industry) on the main search screen. Several categories will appear above the results, select Industry Profiles.
Select “Industries” at the top.