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Company Research

Best Bets for Information about Public Companies

The following USC databases can be used to find a company's financial information, such as balance sheets, cash flow statements, and financial ratios.  For more, explore the Finance & Investment Research guide.

Note that a company's website and their annual report (10K) should be your first stop for company information. Company websites often provide important company news, investor information (Search company website for "Investor Relations"), and even industry reports. Particularly important for company research is identifying the company's brands and subsidiaries. 

Best Bets for Information about Private Companies

When looking for information about a company, consider both information from the company itself (Annual Report) as well as information about the company written by others (Explore the Articles and News tab). For private companies, literature searches, company blogs, and interviews may be some of the best and only resources for locating information.

Information on private companies can be sparse. Private companies are not required to file any financial data in the U.S., with the exception of registration data filed with the Secretary of State, in the state where they are registered. Databases like Mergent Intellect, Data Axle, Orbis and PrivCo have some basic data on U.S. private companies. Often 'local press' have more stories on locally based companies than national newspapers.