This guide is designed to introduce company and business research resources available via the NYU Libraries and select public and government resources.
Companies in industries that are dominated by private companies (e.g.consulting or real estate) tend to keep their information more closely held
Companies that sell stock to the public via stock exchanges or over-the-counter markets. There is a great deal of information available on public companies including at the SEC.gov, annual reports, analysts' reports, company webpages, news.
Companies that have not offered shares to be traded on a public exchange. Information on private companies is usually limited to brief information in directories, news, trade publications and magazines.
A company based outside the US that trades on a U.S. exchange must file annual reports (20-F) with the SEC. Information can be found at SEC.gov.
Finances and other general information can be found in Form 990 which nonprofits must file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) annually. This form is often available on the nonprofit's website or in the database Guidestar.org.
To determine if a company is public or private Go to EDGAR, the free Web database provided by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and click on more search options and search by company name.
A ticker symbol is a public company's stock name. For example: