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Researching a Company

 


When researching a company, keep in mind the following:

 


  • Do you know the exact name of the company? For example, the drug store chain is called Walgreen’s, but the actual company name is Walgreen Co. Also, make sure you are searching for a company, not a brand name. For example, Crest is a brand of toothpaste produced by the company Proctor & Gamble.
  • Is the company public or private? Private, or closely-held companies, do not sell stock to the public, and are not obligated to disclose information about themselves. For this reason it may be more difficult to obtain information about private companies. Articles and the company’s own web site may be the best sources of information for private companies.
  • Your company may be part of more than one industry, and is very helpful to do some industry research to see how your company is doing in its business area, and among its competitors.

 

 

Company Overviews:

Your company's web site: Press releases, media, products, company history, and other information

LexisNexis Academic:

Use Search Company Info to search for company reports that include financials, news, analysts' reports, and other company information.


OneSource:

Contains U.S. and international company financials, histories, ratios, news, and complete annual and quarterly financial reports. Includes up to 15 years of data.


Net Advantage:

Includes research, data, and commentary on companies, industries, stocks, bonds, and funds, from popular Standard & Poor’s research products such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, The Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives, The Outlook, and Mutual Fund Reports among others.


Passport GMID

For companies: Short overviews of many companies, including strategic information, company background, and contact information.

For industries: Full-text market reports, global industry information, consumer demographics, comment from expert industry and country analysts, and much more.

  

Hoover’s Handbook of American Business (Print): Call number: Ref HD 2741 H6754

Contains profiles of 500 major companies, including information on history, officers, products, 10-year financial statistics and list of key competitors. 


Hoover’s Handbook of World Business (Print) Call number: Ref HD 2709 H675

Value Line Investment Survey (Print). Ask for this at the Circulation Desk

Includes reports on companies in about 95 industries. Information includes11-year statistical history, recent stock prices, projections, and target price ranges. Industry information includes financial statistics and charts, updated quarterly. There is also a general weekly review and financial outlook summary. Call number: Reserve Desk (request at Circ Desk, first floor Gleeson).


Company Histories:


International Directory of Company Histories (Access online as part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library). 

To find International Directory of Company Histories in Gale Virtual Reference Library, follow these steps:

  • Click on this link: http://web.usfca.edu/Library/databases/Gale_Virtual_Reference_Library/
  • Go into Gale Virtual Reference Library, and at the top of the screen, in the search box that says, "Search Your Library's GVRL Holdings" type in: international directory of company histories
  • On the next screen, type the company you are looking for in the search box that says, "Search Within Results."

This online directory contains detailed histories of over 11,000 worldwide companies. Information includes merger and acquisitions information, highlighted key dates and events, subsidiaries, and more. 


Financial Data:


Contains U.S. and international company financials, histories, ratios, news, and complete annual and quarterly financial reports. Includes up to 15 years of data. For publicly traded companies in addition to financial data there are ratio comparisons (comparing the company to its industry, the sector, and the S&P500). 

Net Advantage:

Includes research, data, and commentary on companies, industries, stocks, bonds, and funds, from popular Standard & Poor’s research products such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, The Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives, The Outlook, and Mutual Fund Reports among others.


Statistics, Market Share:


Business Rankings Annual: Click the link to the left, then on the next screen click on: Connect to http://0-find.galegroup.com.ignacio.usfca.edu/gdl/start.do?prodId=GDL&userGroupName=usfca_gleeson . On the next screen, you can search by clicking on "Keyword" then putting in company, industry and product keywords.
Contains lists of ranked companies, products, services, and activities compiled from a variety of published sources.

Market Share Reporter: Click the link to the left, then on the next screen click on: Access Internet version (through the Gale directory library) . On the next screen, you can search by clicking on "Keyword" then putting in company, industry and product keywords.
Provides the market share for many companies within an industry, shown with pie charts and graphs.

Market Share Reporter: Trends Over Time: Collection of market shares from the top 50 subjects covered in 22 editions of Market share reporter, with industry overviews, timelines, and more

TableBaseUse for finding statistical information, including market share, market size, consumer data, and other statistics that are taken from journals and reports on companies, industries, products, countries and markets.


Company News and Articles:

 

ABI/Inform Complete:

Includes citations and summaries and full text from about 1000 business periodicals that contain company and industry information, as well as articles on many other business topics. Includes the full text of the Wall Street Journal.


Business Source Complete:

Focuses on facts, figures, events and market information about companies, industries, products and markets. It covers all industries and is international in scope. Also provides SWOT analyses for companies and industries. Includes the full text of the Harvard Business Review.


LexisNexis Academic:

Use the Search the News section for business news from national and international sources. 


Directories:

 

ReferenceUSA:

A directory of US businesses. Can be searched by business size, location, industry, etc. Also useful for determining if a business is public or private or finding company affiliations.


Selected Web Sites:


EDGAR (public company filings with the U.S. government): Use Search for Company Filings to get started. Includes companies outside the U.S.

Forbes Magazine’s company lists

Google Finance

Thomas Net (Thomas Register): Directory of companies.

Yahoo! Finance