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This company directory gives profiles of both public and private companies, both large and small. You can look up an individual company or build lists of companies based on specific characteristics. You can find information about a company's size, location, sales, NAICS code, history, and more. Companies can be complex organizational structures with branches in several cities. Make sure you find the corporate headquarters to locate information about the company as a whole.
To access First Research industry reports, click on First Research below the main search box and then, the orange Submit button on the left side of the page.
This is the best tool for profiles of larger companies. Use the main search box and apply the limiter of "Company" in the drop down menu. You will get key information, competitors, and associated NAICS codes.
Search by either company name or ticker symbol. On the left-side, click on S&P Equity Research or Investment Research. To see all the available reports for that company, click the funnel icon next to Date/Time and choose All History from the dropdown. Then, click Apply Filter. The end of the equity reports discuss the S&P Recommendation system.
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Search by company. For public companies, click on the Equity Research tab to see Morningstar Analyst research summaries.
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Different Kinds of Companies
Because public companies are publicly traded, you can find annual reports and stock prices for them. Public companies are required to submit the Form 10-K, which is also sometimes called an annual report, to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. It gives a summary of a company's products, budgetary information, financial health, risks, and more. Companies also may create a separate annual report for shareholders that provides them with an overview of the year's operations.
Private companies are not required to report their budgetary information, so financial information is limited. See this page for more on researching private companies.
Non-profit companies are required to submit the Form 990, which includes budgetary information among other things. See this page for more on researching non-profit companies.