Company reports range in depth from simple directory entries with little more than address and business description to full blown book length company histories.
The quantity and quality of company information available often turns on whether the company is public or private, domestic or foreign and a parent or subsidiary. Generally speaking the most abundant information is available for public parent companies. A company is classified as public if it offers shares on a stock exchange and is obligated to disclose financial and business information by securities laws. A subsidiary company is owned or controlled by another company and is a so called family member of the parent firm. Typically parent companies consolidate the subsidiaries financial performance so information may be scarce. Many foreign markets have more robust disclosure rules for private firms than the U.S. , but practical hurdles such as language barriers and limited access to foreign company databases exist.
Many company databases are feature rich offering sophisticated screeners and tables for comparing peers.
EMIS Intelligence (Emerging Markets Information Service)
MarketLine Company Profiles (EBSCO)
Mergent Archives (Moody's Manuals, Annual Reports, SEC & Commodity Research Bureau)
Mergent Online Limitations on Use
Morningstar Investment Research Center
NetAdvantage (Standard & Poor's Capital IQ)
Nexis Uni Limitations on Use
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Value Line Investment Survey