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Bloomberg: Company Information - Public & Private

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Sample Searches - EQUITIES

To find COMPANY INFORMATION, OPTIONS, MUTUAL FUNDS - USE THE YELLOW EQUITY KEY

Find the Ticker Symbol:  <EQUITY> TK <GO> company name <GO>  TK is the mnemonic for Ticker

To find a Company:  company name <HELP> <GO>

When you find a company, e.g. <EQUITY> Appl US <GO>, you will be led to a  COMPANY MENU to access data, but when you know what you need, use mnemonics as shortcuts to access data more quickly.  The ticker used  in the examples below is for IBM

  • Comparing stock performance with S&P500:  IBM <EQUITY> SPX <INDEX> <GO>   IBM is the ticker, press equity key, SPX is the Mnemonic for S&P 500 and press <INDEX>  to get the S&P 500 Index data.
  • Options:  IBM <EQUITY>OMON <GO>   OMON is the mnemonic for Options
  • Historical Beta:  IBM <EQUITY>BETA<GO)  BETA is the mnemonic for Beta
  • Historical stock data:  <EQUITY> TK IBM <GO>
  • Total Return Analysis  IBM <EQUITY> TRA <GO> TRA is the mnemonic for Total Return Analysis
  • Comparing 2 stocks:  IBM<EQUITY> MSFT <EQUITY> <GO> MSFT is the ticker for Microsoft, the 2nd stock to compare with IBM
  • To find equities in an industry:  <EQUITY>TKI <GO>

To find equities in an industry:  <EQUITY>TKI <GO>

TO FIND MNEMONICS QUICKLY  type in the name or pharase, over the word <HELP> located in the upper left side of a screen.  Bloomberg will try to find a word, pharase or shortcut for you.  Typically you will get a list of options.  e.g. FA (Finanical Analysis), CN, Beta, enterprise value S&P, etc.

Equities / Company Information

To find COMPANY INFORMATION, OPTIONS, MUTUAL FUNDS

Find the Ticker Symbol:  <EQUITY> TK <GO> company name <GO>  TK is the mnemonic for Ticker

To find a Company:  company name <HELP> <GO>

When you find a company, enter:  name of company <Equity> <GO> , you will be led to a  COMPANY MENU (see below) to access data, but when you know what you need, use mnemonics as shortcuts to access data more quickly.  The ticker used  in the examples below is for Pandora Media.

You can select menu items by clicking on them OR note the mnemonics and go directly to the analysis you are looking for: e.g. Pandora Financial Analysis (see item number 6 in the Menu below). P is the stock symbol for Pandora, US is the location of the exchange and FA is the mnemonic for Financial Analysis.

P US <EQUITY> FA <GO>

Access Comapny Research (Analyst reports, investment reports) by pressing Research (item number 12) , or type the mnemonic:  BRC.  Using P for Pandora and BRC for Research, use mnemonics and the keyboard only by stacking the commands and typing:

P US <EQUITY> BRC <GO>

Searching for Private Companies - PSCR

Bloomberg does not have comprehenisive data on private companies, but has limited information on PRIVATE COMPANIES.   There are over 5,000 companies listed with basic data (revenue, cashflow,  employees, company descriptions, new, management, M&A activity, etc.).

When searcing for a company (e.g. Mars) be sure to uncheck the Private Equity Back box (blue box under Empoyee Count).

Use the Menmonic PSCR to screen for PRIVATE COMPANY SCREENING:  PSCR <GO>