Public vs. Private Companies
It is easier to find information about public companies (those that sell stock to shareholders) than about private companies (those that are privately owned by an individual, family or a group of investors). Public companies in the United States are required by law to file documents with the Securities and Exchange commission (SEC). These include the 10K (annual) and 10Q (quarterly) reports. In addition, public companies issue an annual report to shareholders.
When looking for information about a company, consider information from the company itself (e.g., the company website, SEC filings, press releases, etc.) as well as information about the company written by others (e.g., newspaper articles, analyst reports, articles by professors, etc.).
Seach the COMPANY'S WEBSITE
Search the Company’s website for any information they may have available to the public such as press releases and news. *
▪ Use the information found on the Company’s website to benchmark data found elsewhere.
▪ Look for an About Us section, News/Press Releases or other helpful links.
the bias of information posted on a company’s website. DO NOT use website as sole source of information.
Search for NEWS or JOURNAL ARTICLES
Search for news using your Organization/Company name. Use the links below for brief news articles, or try the Business & Healthcare library databases listed on the next tab for journal, newspaper, or magazine articles that go into more depth.
LexisNexis Academic - for company information and news
You can also look at local news sources, such as NJ.com or the NYTimes.com (due to new restrictions on the NYT website, some New York Times articles may only be found in ProQuest Central.) You can also try Google News and/or Yahoo News as other options.
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- Last Updated Jun 28, 2017
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