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MGT 239: Topics in Accounting - Financial Statement Analysis: Public Info on Companies

Here is the resource page for the comparative financial statement analysis project.

What public sources of information are available on my companies?

Basic company history and chronology


Mergent Online
Once you look up your company, open the record and look under the "Company Details" tab, then choose History


Summaries of products, customers, competitors

Hoovers reports
In Lexis Nexis Academic
Use the "Search by Company Type" dropdown box and choose Company Profiles option. From there you can search across all brands of profiles, or to focus on Hoovers, click Advanced Options and check Hoover's Company & Industry Reports. It's worth taking the extra steps because of the scope and breadth of the Hoover's reports. If you search across all brands of profiles, you can still filter the results by Publication on the left nav bar if you don't easily see the Hoover's reports in your results set.

Mergent Online
under Company Details

Factiva is good for company background, business news and academic articles, and specializes in local and international news in English and many other languages. See the special News Pages tab for browsing.

Wall Street Journal
The fulltext of the WSJ is searchable by topic or browseable by day. It is our only source for fulltext of WSJ online.

What material is there for SWOT analyses?

Business Source Complete

Lexis-Nexis Academic


What information is there on top management?

Hoovers report content in Lexis Nexis Academic
Use the "Company Profiles" search mentioned above.

Mergent Online
Executives tab


Where can I get 10-year trends in a company’s stock price?

Mergent Online
Equity Pricing tab; also under Company Details - History tab there are easy to find summaries on LTD, changes in business & property holdings, capital stock actions


Where can I get the previous ytd market news on a company’s stock?

Mergent Online
Equity Pricing tab and News tab


Research Help

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Adele Barsh
Economics & Business Librarian

UC San Diego Library

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Dr. 0175R

La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
Subjects:Business, Economics