Researching Company Info
Remember! The amount and quality of information you can find depends on whether a company is public or private. Privately owned companies may have less info available than publicly traded companies
Use the libraries' databases to find company profiles put together by 3rd party market research groups.
- Business Source Premier This link opens in a new windowProvides full text for business publications, including peer-reviewed journals. See also the Business Searching Interface
- Euromonitor Passport This link opens in a new windowMarket research and analysis on companies, industries, and consumers for 40 countries. Note: First-time users must register to use this using their campus email accounts.
- Statista This link opens in a new windowData sources for industries in countries around the world. Visit the Getting Started Guide for more information.
- Morningstar Investment Research Center This link opens in a new windowData and analysis on international and domestic stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds.
- Mergent Intellect This link opens in a new windowPrivate and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, and industry data.
Visiting a company website is a great way to learn more about the company's mission and values, products and services, and their activities. Public companies will have information like quarterly and annual reports and earnings call presentations available on their websites, usually on a page called Investor Relations.
The layout and organization of a company's Investor website will each be different. But all with have useful content to use in your research. Three things to start with:
A document that public corporations must provide annually to shareholders that describes their operations and financial conditions.
The earnings conference call is a way for companies to relay information to all interested parties, including institutional and individual investors, as well as buy- and sell-side analysts.
A press release is a piece of news or information that companies send out to inform the public about something noteworthy or of material significance. Press releases are often handled by a company's public relations (PR) department.