Company Financial Data - FAQ

FAQs for company financial research

Q: Where do I start my company research?

A: You have several good options for company research, but a good place to start is Mergent Online. It provides a high degree of detail for public companies (and some information for private companies) including the ability to quickly identify the company's main competitors, acquire several years worth of financial information and benchmarking to the industry and competitors under the "Financials" section.


Q: Where can I find 5 year company financial results & ratios?

A: Mergent Online provides 5 year company financial results & financial ratios.

Mergent Online provides a variety of analytical choices, including creation of customized comparison lists and reports of companies and industry sub-groups.


Q: Where can I find Annual Reports?

A: The company website is an obvious choice. Often companies only make a few reports available on their web. If you want historical annual reports, use Mergent Online.

Q: When should I use Bloomberg?

 A: The Bloomberg system is a leading information service for global financial markets. At least 250,000 terminals are used by investment professionals around the world. Corporate recruiters at Cornell are seeking candidates with competitive technical and financial technology skills. Gain this competitive skill before your next job interview. And we can help you get started right here at Mann Library.


Q: Where can I find sample SWOT reports?

Answer: SWOT reports are available through Business Source Complete. But these reports are not a substitute for your project. These are just good models to follow as professors usually want you to conduct an original SWOT. Please check with your faculty.

  1. Connect to Business Source Complete
  2. Click on Company Profiles
  3. Search for your company
  4. Click on the Datamonitor report that is retrieved

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