Financial Ratios Landscape Industry

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Colleen Anderson, Reference Librarian
  Douglas & Judith Krupp Library
             Fall 2009
   Economic conditions and forecasts

   Industry overviews, forecasts, & benchmarks

   Company Information

   Comparative Data and Market Share
   Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage Trends and Projections.
    …see the section labeled Economy located in the lower left corner of the
    page. Click on the link provided under Economic Insight and then select
    Trends & Projections from the retrieved menu. Provides an overview of
    the domestic economy.

   Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    …a report to Congress on recent and prospective economic performance
    and monetary policy.
   Conference Board. Economic Briefing Page.
    …provides access to the economic newsletter Straight Talk; forecasts for GDP,
    CPI, & T-Bills; economic indicators, economic research and an economic outlook.

   The Livingston Survey
    …from the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia, the Livingston Survey provides
    a consensus of economists’ expectations for the U.S. economy.
   IBIS World Industry & Market Research
    …structured to provide information on Porter’s Five Forces operating
    within the industry. Click on the Industry Market Research tab.
    Provides key statistics, industry conditions, industry performance, key
    competitors, etc.

   First Research Industry Profiles in Proquest Business Databases
    …click on the publications tab and type First Research Industry
    Profiles into the search box to retrieve the profiles. These contain an
    industry overview, trends, financial information (including industry
    ratios), and more.

   Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage
    …Click on the Industries tab and select your industry from the drop
    down box under the Industry Survey link. This publication provides
    industry trends, key industry ratios and statistics, a comparative
    company analysis, and more for approximately 50 industries.
   Value Line Industry Reports
    …industry reports written from an investment viewpoint. Includes
    historical statistical data on industry performance.

   Mergent Online Industry Reports
    …global reports containing information on the current environment,
    industry profile, key points & references, market trends and outlook.
Businesses operating in the same industry form trade associations to collect
data, track legislation, and publish current news on the industry. These trade
associations produce journals and web sites that are valuable sources for
industry information.

To locate a trade association, see: National Trade & Professional
Associations of the United States (REF HD2425 .D53)
After you have identified a relevant trade journal covering your industry, go to
the library’s Journals List to find out if the library carries the journal via one
of our major full text indexes.
Search the following indexes to locate articles from journals published by
trade associations:

Proquest Business Databases

Business Source Complete

Lexis/Nexis Academic
   Hoovers
    …search for your company by name or ticker symbol, click on your
    retrieved company name, and then click on competitive landscape
    from the left bar menu to retrieve profitability, valuation, operations,
    and financial ratios for the company, industry, and market.

   RMA Annual Statement Studies
    (RR 2 HF5681 .B2 R63)
    …composite data on over 375 industries. Arranged by NAICS code;
    provides 5 years of data.
   Mergent Online
    …search by company name or ticker symbol and click on the retrieved
    company name to access current and historical financial information,
    ratios, annual reports, and news.

   Hoovers Academic
    …information on the company history, competitors, financials, SEC
    filings and news. The 10K company filing provides a wealth of valuable

   Mergent Horizon
    …Mergent Horizon is an online database that allows you to access current
    financial information. It also contains up-to-date company information
    including stock prices, financials, competitor's, suppliers and customers
   Use Proquest Business Databases or Business Source Complete to locate
    current articles on particular companies. Use the Advanced Search feature in
    both databases, and select company/org from the drop down box to limit your
    search to company name.

   Lexis/Nexis Academic also provides current news articles on companies. Select
    the News tab on the main menu and then Business News Publications or U.S.
    Newpapers and Wires from the Source drop down box.
   Fortune 500
    (for print issue, ask at the Reference Desk)
    …companies ranked by various criteria, such as most profitable,
    fastest growers, etc.

   Business Rankings Annual
    (see also the print edition in Ready Ref 2 REF HG4061 .B89)
    …5,000 rankings of companies and products arranged by subject

   Market Share Reporter
    (see also the print edition in Ready Ref 2 REF HD1040.9 .M37)
    …market share data on companies, products, and services.
   Hoovers Academic
    …run a company search, click on the retrieved company name, and select
    competitive landscape from the main menu options.

   Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage
    …select an industry survey under quick links and then select relevant numbers
    and/or ratios under comparative company analysis.

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