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Business & Company Research

A guide about researching company information.

Researching Public Companies

The easiest way to quickly locate general information about public companies is usually to locate a profile of a company on a research database. The database will pull information from SEC filings and combine that information with news to provide an overview of the company, such as:

  • Business activities
  • Headquarters
  • Financial information
  • Current stock price
  • Historical stock price
  • Number of employees
  • Analyst ratings
  • Supply chain information
  • Stockholder actions
  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Changes in beneficial ownership

Companies can be located using the corporate name or stock ticker symbol. Some resources provide the ability to sign up for alerts about a company. 

Bloomberg Law is useful for legal practitioners because it combines company and legal information. Bloomberg Law aggregates company litigation to reveal trends in its analytics tool, shows law firms used by the company, and provides access to dockets.

You can also locate a lot of information, including financial statements, on a company's corporate website which is geared toward investors. Make sure you find the corporate website, not the retail or public-facing website. Sometimes the latter will have a link to the former.

Recommended resources for researching companies include:

 

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