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MBA: Company Information

Research sources and tips for on-campus MBA's and Executive MBA's.

Company Information

Company information abounds. Check the Company LibGuide for strategies to find articles, reports, and more.

  Business Source Complete : Contains citations to articles  and reports in business magazines and academic journals. Many of the articles are available full text.

  • Search Tip:
    • Select company entity (name) or ticker symbol from the pull-down menus to search for articles on a particular company.
    • Or select Company Profiles from the More menu in the blue bar at the top of the screen, to access Datamonitor Company Profiles for the World's 5,000 largest companies.
  • Sample Datamonitor Company Profile.

  Contains a great many company reports and statistics either by country or globally.

  • Search Tip:  Click on the Search button. Choose Text Search. Enter company name and limit to statistics and reports. Press GO button. Sort results by a radio button on the next screen or scroll down to the one(s) you wish to view.

  Lexis-Nexis Academic : Contains full text newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, as well as company financial information and information on companies from a variety of standard directories. Very current information. Good analysis for why the facts matter to the investor and for your project.

    Market Share Reporter now available in digital format, is a grab bag of whatever has been published recently about market share for products.  Current 2 years @ Research/Information Desk. Older editions in Reference stacks @REF HF5410.M35    Check various years for company or product market share information.

 

  Custom Company Comparisons

In the Lexis Nexis research database, ratios for any group of publicly traded companies can be compared by searching in the Company Dossier portion of the site (bottom right corner of the landing page). 

Search strategy:

  •  From the  GET COMPANY INFO search box, click on the Company Dossier  link at the bottom of the screen.
  • Consult a list of top competitors from any company snapshot; and click on the Compare Companies link at the bottom of the company snapshot screen. On the next screen key in ticker symbols for as many of those companies as you want to compare. 

  • After entering all the tickers for your set of companies, you will retrieve a Company Financial Comparison giving balance sheet and income statement items, followed by the header Ratio Analysis. Here you'll find a long list of ratios.  Click here to see an example comparing ratios for Target, Costco, and Wal-mart.

 

NOTE: This will work best with companies who are direct competitors in the industry (i.e. they have the same primary NAICS code that your company has). Comparing two companies with diversified operations may be of limited value. For example, Apple and Motorola are competing for mobile phone business; but each one competes in a good many other product markets as well. So ratios for the whole company do not give a very clear or complete picture of how they fare in the cell phone market.