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Numerous resources, both print and electronic, may be utilized for company research. Maag Library provides access to books, articles, company profiles, annual reports, SEC filings, current company news stories, and much more. Public companies, which sell stocks to the public, are required by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to report certain financial information, including annual reports to shareholders and 10-K reports to the SEC. See Thomson Research Services’ Guide to SEC Filings for more information. Public companies will have more information available than private companies, which are not required to report to the SEC.

Public companies are assigned a Ticker Symbol as their identifier for stock trading. As a start to your research, find out what your company’s ticker symbol is. Also, determine whether your company is a subsidiary, branch or division of a larger parent company, in which case you may have to search within the parent company reports for information about your company.

Use the following sites to find the ticker symbols for publicly-traded companies:

   ♦ MarketWatch: Symbol Lookup
   ♦ Yahoo! Finance: Symbol Lookup
   ♦ CorporateInformation

Related business guides:

   ♦ Business 1500 Library Guide
   ♦ Business Plans Library Guide
   ♦ Industry Research Library Guide
   ♦ Financial Ratios Library Guide