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Accounting Resources: Ratios

This research guide provides high quality resources for Masters of Accounting program and others studying accounting at UC San Diego

How do I determine my companies' SIC or NAICS codes?

Look within in Business Insights: Global

Use the Company Finder search (under the Companies tab in the top menu bar).

In the results list, you will see profile information. Public companies have a ticker symbol, the exchange, SIC and NAICS codes, and fiscal year will be noted.

Hint: If you have only one company and want to find another, use BI:Global to find the SIC/NAICS for the first company, then use the code in the Company search, in the appropriate search box. Doing that will yield a list of companies in the same industry.

Note to Mgt 469 students: Remember to pay attention about the stock exchange; you need to use companies that do not trade OTC.

What industry ratios sources are there?

Secondary sources:

We have a couple online sourced that provide ratios, but they are limited in the number of companies they follow and/or the type of ratios they provide. However, if you are in those databases already, it may be simple to pull the ratios directly from them.

Mergent Online

When you do an industry search, and display the results, ratios are listed under the tab to the far right, "Key Statistics."


How do I use ratio information?

These resources provide background on understanding and using ratio analysis.

A fuller list of books about ratio analysis and financial statements can be seen by clicking the links; below are the selected "classics."