To research a company, first determine whether the company is public, private, or a subsidiary of a larger parent company.
Has issued securities and trades on a stock exchange
Regulated by the SEC and required to disclose financial statements and annual 10-k reports
Easier to research because more information is usually available for public companies
Privately owned and does not have shares that are traded in public exchanges
More difficult to research because no requirements to disclose financial statements like public companies
To research a private company search for current news articles, magazine profiles, and within trade publications using the resources found within the Current News & Articles section.
Completely or partially owned and controlled by a parent company
Research the parent company to find information regarding the subsidiary