The depth of information provided varies in each source but most include history, competitors, basic financials, as well as basic directory information. MarketLine Company Profiles (from Business Source Premier) is the best place to start for US companies.
MarketLine, a Datamonitor company, is a business information company covering the automotive, consumer, energy, financial services, healthcare and technology sectors. Covers major companies in those industries. Most companies will have a SWOT analysis included in the profile. CSUS Authentication Required
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US and international companies with publicly traded stock on US stock exchanges are required to file documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These SEC documents are the source for financial information found in the resources listed below.
Presents a concise analysis of a company's financial performance. Fundamental financials are also included. To get started type your company's name or ticker symbol in the search box at the top of the page. CSUS authentication required.
Free source for current three years of income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow. Quarterly and annual data available.
Industry Financial Ratios
Ratio sourcebooks contain financial and operating ratios, and composite balance sheet and income statements for specific industries, usually arranged by SIC or NAICS numbers. They can be used to provide guidance when putting together the financial section of your business plan. These are all available in print at 2 North Reference.
Dun and Bradstreet Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios Ref HF 5681 .R25 I525
RMA Annual Statement Studies Ref HF 5681 .R25 R6
Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios Ref HF 5681 .R25 T68
Financial Studies of the Small Business Ref. HD 2346 U5 F55a