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Company Research

This Library Guide will help you research company information from current news to financial statistics.

Financial Information

When searching financial information it is very important to obtain accurate data. Pay attention to when the report was written/filed, the currency used in the report (i.e. dollars vs. euro), whether the numbers are "estimates" and the source of the information.

Public versus Private

Early in any company search, most likely while obtaining a company profile, pay attention to whether or not the company is public or private.

A public company, or a publicly traded company is one where the company has sold stocks in stock trades such as the New York Stock Exchange. These companies are overseen by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and must file their financial information with the SEC, making it easy for anyone to assess the financial health of the company. Public companies, because they are able to sell stock, or shares in their company are able to raise funds for their own use.

A private company is one that is owned by an individual, family, or group of individuals that wish to keep a tight control over their company. Private companies do not need to share their financial information the way that public companies do, and it can sometimes be challenging to find out about the financial health of a private company.  Be very aware that the financial data on a private company may be over a year old, and may be listed as an "estimate" only.

Library Databases

Library databases store financial information on millions of companies. For financial data on a private company start with LexisNexis Academic.

Internet Websites

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000