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Quick Facts about a Company

Use Company Information tab found on the top to get such information as whether the company is public, subsidiaries, products, executives, NAICS and SIC codes.

Company Reports

A company report provides comprehensive and in-depth coverage of a company.

Annual Reports

Analyst Reports

Analyst reports include overview and analysis of a company or industry. 

Stock Reports via Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis)

Stock reports from Standard and Poor's Capital IQ (formerly NetAdvantage)

Finding Comparable Companies

Business Source Complete: generate a list by using NAICS code (North American Industry Classification System).

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis): select Create a Company List, and use NAICS code.

Standard and Poor's Capital IQ (formerly NetAdvantage): in a company overview, use Quick Comp for peer companies OR click Primary Industry Classification to locate more companies in that field.

Company Financials

Company Strategy

10-Ks and Annual Reports to Shareholders: under Business or Management Discussion.

Business Source Complete: search using terms such as strategic planning, strategic management or strategy.

Peer Analysis

Peer Analysis from Standard and Poor's Capital IQ makes it easy to study your competitors. 

SWOT Analysis

MarketLine Company Report from Business Source Complete : look for section called SWOT analysis.

Supply Chain

10-Ks and Annual Reports to Shareholders: look for terms such as supply chain, logistics, purchasing, or transportation within the text.

IBISWorld: look for the Supply Chain, which is part of the section called "About the Industry".

Articles from Newspapers, Magazines and Trade Publications

Industry Reports

NetAdvantage provides access to S&P Industry Surveys, which provides in-depth, independent research on industries and sub-industries. Industry Surveys are written by team of respected equity analysts for clients to get up to speed on an industry's profile, trends, key ratios and statistics, and how the industry operates. The reports also explain how to analyze a company within that space. 

IBIS World

  provides industry and market reports for 700 industries at the 5-digit level. Each report consists of 30 to 40 pages of key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants and more.

Marketline Industry Profiles in Business Source Complete

Do you know the NAICS and SIC codes for the industry you are researching? 

The federal government assigns these codes to business segments for data collection and reporting purposes.  NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes were adopted in 1997 to replace the old Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system.  Many research resources, such as databases, utilize NAICS and/or SIC codes for searching purposes.

Find NAICS and SIC codes for a specific industry at the U.S. Census Bureau website.  Need help?  See the NAICS tutorial on this LibGuide for some tips.

Porter's Five Forces Analysis

Marketline Industry Profile from Business Source Complete: look for section called Five Forces Analysis.